Blaze King Ashford Bio-Brick challenge.

webby3650 Posted By webby3650, Dec 4, 2013 at 9:25 PM

  1. weatherguy

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    That should go a couple days Jeff. I have a couple packs of eco's left, you guy's have me considering throwing them both in to see the results in the Princess.
     
  2. webby3650

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    Well here we are at about 34 hours.
    The last pic is through the glass, pretty impressive to me considering its such a slow burn!
     

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  3. jeff_t

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    That's crazy. Are you still at a low burn? Was 60° where I was in OH at 3am today.

    Temp has been dropping all day here, and I'm not sure a low burn is going to work for me. Although, I'm currently running at 1.5 with a dark fire box, glowing cat, and 550° stove top.
     
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    It spent most all day on medium. My wife came home at 9:30 and turned it up. When I get home I kick it up to high for an hour or so.
     
  5. Dieselhead

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    how does the cat stay hot enough to be glowing red and burning off the smoke with such a low temp.
     
  6. webby3650

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    It's all in the way Blaze King has engineered it!
     
  7. Dieselhead

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    so what stove temp is required for the cat to stay lit?
     
  8. webby3650

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    It really has nothing to do with stovetop temp. The core of the cat needs to be 400-500 to burn, it will generate it's own heat by burning smoke once it's all locked down.
     
  9. Dieselhead

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    ok thanks, just trying to learn about the cat stoves
     
  10. webby3650

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    There are a lot of cat stove options out there, but only a Blaze King will run this way.
     
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    So are you getting bored or are you going to see this load to the finish?
     
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    Or finding out how to get less heat for two days for the cost that you can get three days of more heat from a pellet stove for. :confused:
     
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    34 HOURS ?!! HOLY SH..........:)==c
     
  14. dafattkidd

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    My jaw is on the friggin floor. Holy crap. That is some space age, alien ass, weirdo technology.
     
  15. mellow

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    Good point BB, I don't run a pellet stove so I can't compare prices but that is interesting to know.
     
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    $3.50 to $4.00 a bag. A bag will usually burn 24 hours on low.
     
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    $3.50 to $4.00 a bag. A bag will usually burn 24 hours on low.
     
  18. mellow

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    Hrmm.. so what your saying is if you go this route you would be better off to buy a cheap old press and press pellets into blocks?
     
  19. webby3650

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    It isn't something I'd do all winter that's for sure. But I would sure burn these before I out my trust in a pellet stove!
    The expense might be more upfront for the bricks over pellets, but if you factor in the maintain e costs if a pellet stove them its probably a wash.
     
  20. webby3650

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    Well we had to wrap up our brick test. After 50 hours we had to add hardwood. The temps outside dropped into the 20's.
    it's been an impressive run, stovetops were never below 250 on the iron top, and as high as 600, averaged about 300.
     
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    Yeah I wish the cost of bricks would get into the range of pellet prices. Heck they are just really large pellets. The competition just isn't there to make that happen.
     
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    I'm impressed and that is not easy. Even at $10 this is a good deal, especially for folks in an urban environment or with storage space challenges. Twenty cents an hour for good heat is awesome. Thanks for sharing this with us.
     
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    That is really impressive. I'm mostly impressed with the stove, but kudos to bio bricks as well. Thanks for sharing your experiment.
     
  25. TX-L

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    Jeff,
    Let us know how your cycle is going. 50 hours @ 76 lbs should = 83 hours @ 126 lbs! With different weather conditions, stat setting, and chimney configuration, this might not happen... but please keep us informed!
     

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