I alway like to say "cut, split and stack if the weather agrees!"
From fresh cut, green to fully seasoned, splits and stacks will always reduce in size. Depending on the wood type, location, condition and time.
Having lived in Denver, I would always go for the bigger stove. Particularly in a 1940s home.
You can always upgrade to a 500 or 600, if you need...
Yes, clean it all in the spring and you will be ready to burn on those cool late August nights!
An old farmer once said to "stack your splits just close enough for a mouse to get through."
As Yogi said: "It ain't over, until it's over."
Winter, for some of us, is barely half over.
I always keep an emergency supply of "storm fuel" in the basement.
Damp newspaper on cold glass works great!
Never have needed to take the Oslo 500 dog house apart. The primary air control still works great.
I vacuum it out from both sides twice a year...
A hot coal restart is always much easier. Well done!
Get a branded and better made stove, as you will realize the many advantages in the future.
My grandparents had a great wood, kitchen cook stove on their farm. I learned and loved to tend it.
Guess that it rubbed off on me, soot and all!
Recycle or reuse, then eventually recycle.
"It ain't over, till it's over." Yogi Berra
In years past, I dealt with similar situations. On dry days, leave the tarp off for the sun and air to circulate. When rain or snow is forecast cover...
If the split does not fit, just cut it! Sometimes having a variety of length splits is an advantage.
There is an old farmers saying that firewood should be stacked with enough room for a mouse to get through the splits. The 128 cubic foot...
I head for the sack when Oslo is loaded, but in a stable secondary burn, with the primary air shut down.
The Oslo usually has great primary air control. A damper in the flue should usually not be needed. Suggest that you check for air entry at all of the...
I've had a JD X575 for 6 years now. Real capable and durable.
I'm big on cross training, so it is easy for the wife to drive, and that saves me a lot...
Every other early morning my Oslo 500 gets the ash tray dumped, right after the overnight burn. I never open the front door, except to clean the flue...
Have used the SootEater for almost 5 years. it works great from the bottom up and through my Oslo.
Even better, never have to be on the roof to...
Cutting in the dirt shortens chain life!
Roger that. Had an original VC Defiant for many years. Then bought a new VC Encore NC 5 years ago, big mistake... sold it after just 2 years.
To the subject line, I do try to split some fresh cut rounds when frozen. Prefer early spring and late fall.
My Oslo 500 requires well seasoned splits of all species. Longer seasoning is always SOP. I'll use smaller splits as a boost to stovetop temp.
One (1) stink bug, seasoned = 0.000001 BTU +/-
Once you burn it, only the memory remains. So, go ahead and do it!
A full warmup before launch is aways recommended!
Using a General MM1E that I picked up at a local country hardware store.
It proves that my seasoned splits are dry and all else needs to stay in the...
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