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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by wkpoor, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. wkpoor

    wkpoor Minister of Fire

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    Up until a few days ago I always use the bricks occasionally and sparinly. I decided to give them a try in larger amounts. So yesterday I put a whole pack in (8 bricks) and got 12hr burn with just enough relight coals. Today I got brave and put 2 full packs in. I initally loaded them at 11am tightly. They were slow to take off with the stove not reaching temp till 1pm. Then they went to 900 with damper and primary full shut. Seemed to stabilize there and as usual pipe temp was only about 300 so no worries there( always have had a cool stove pipe). Wife sent me a pic of stove at 10pm with stove top at 400 degrees and front row of 8 about half consumed and back 8 still whole. I told her not to add any fuel as I am curious to see how far these things can go. But even if they were to make 24hrs my math says too expensive for me as a soul fuel source.
    However if you take the true cost of traditional fuel procument into account plus all the time and effort some might say they are cheap. I guess it boils down to what your time is worth.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Gonna use them for the next GTG Bill? "OK boys. Bring that race saw over here and show me what it can do on these bricks.". ;lol

    What was the coal bed config starting that load?
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    Was expansion an issue at all?
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I ran 13 bricks in the Castine test and it was fine. If I had easy access to them I would try the test again in the T6. Creating a wall of these bricks slows down the fire to a pretty orderly and controlled burn. For me expansion was not a big issue. Highly compressed fuel is much better behaved in this regard.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I bought a few packs to try but was irritated that the ones at TSC are now six instead of eight for the same price as eight were before. Expensive burning.
  6. wkpoor

    wkpoor Minister of Fire

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    Hahaha those race boys with their race chains wouldn't get near something as hard as those bricks.
    Coal bed this morning was very small. I packed them tighly leaving no air space. Usually I can get them to take off very fast even using them for cold starts very successfully but thats allowing lots of air space. Knowing their thermal nuclear tendencies I packed them in close. There was still lots of room front to back and side to side so any expansion shouldn't have been an issue.
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    i burned out 3 ss tubes in my hampton jamming to many envi blocks in there to often....this year i mixed with more wood.

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