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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by webby3650, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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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.

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  2. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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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

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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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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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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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

    Dieselhead Feeling the Heat

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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

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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

    Dieselhead Feeling the Heat

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

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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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

    Dieselhead Feeling the Heat

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

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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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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  11. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    So are you getting bored or are you going to see this load to the finish?
  12. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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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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    alforit Feeling the Heat

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    34 HOURS ?!! HOLY SH..........:)==c
  14. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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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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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    $3.50 to $4.00 a bag. A bag will usually burn 24 hours on low.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    $3.50 to $4.00 a bag. A bag will usually burn 24 hours on low.
  18. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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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

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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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

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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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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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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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.
  24. dafattkidd

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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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