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Burning frozen wood...bad idea!

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

  1. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    Lol, we live by the border so we watch Toronto TV, listen to radio from Canada...we forget sometimes we are watching/listening to a Canadian station and the temps forecasts can be hair raising for a moment until you realize it's C not F.
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  2. katwillny

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    That weather must literally hurt the skin on contact. Good grief thats cold. I would think frozen anything wont burn properly and would hiss for a while. does that constitute as 0 moisture content being that all moisture is rock solid frozen?:p
  3. Swedishchef

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    Dennis: there may be some moisture in a couple of pieces but I don't know if it is frost or moisture in the wood. 1 out of 4 pieces hisses and it is all the same wood from the same batch! Hmmmm.. let me know how you make out!

    Matt: it must get cold in North Carolina from time to time? Here it gets warm from time to time in the winter ;) All jokes aside, Quebec City (located in the province of QUebec) has an old part to it. They call it Old Quebec. It is a UNESCO heritage site and it likely one of the nicest places in North America. It's the closest thing you'll get to Europe while on this contitent. It's a nice place to visit!

    Andrew
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  4. Swedishchef

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    LOL. It is not that cold. You put on a hat, jacket and gloves and you're fine. -40 is cold. Tonight it is supposed to be -35C with the wind here. That is certainly getting chilly.
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    -34? Forget the wood, MOVE! ;)
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  6. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    I lived in Ottawa for a few years. For some reason when it did get cold it felt reeeaaaally cold. World's longest skating rink (Rideau Canal). And the old world beauty of Quebec "next door". Not so bad putting up with the winter weather.

    Just remember when the mercury hits -40 wer're talking the same language either side of the border (C & F converge). Freaking cold!!!!
  7. Swedishchef

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    LOL. remember that is with the wind!
  8. mattjm1017

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    Yeah we have a little bit of cold weather got a cold snap this week going to be in the 30s last week it was 60s and 70s.
  9. bag of hammers

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    This is probably beach weather for you Alaska guys, but it's getting a bit chilly here this week....
    (@ -18 F). Forecast for tomorrow a.m. is -30C.

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    We got to -28::F this morning, thankfully the wind died down only 5-10, Sat we had gusts > 60, if we had that today things would not go well.
  11. bag of hammers

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    -28 plus 60 MPH wind chill? Lock the door and hunker down inside.

    They are calling for windchill temps tomorrow < -40. Sounds awful, but it seems like you folks in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc. get the cold "Canadian" winters even worse than we do here. Old man winter knows no borders. Things are supposed to warm up a bit towards the end of this weekend, meanwhile stay warm and safe...
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    Andrew, last night I filled the stove with black locust. Typical, it did not want to burn good at the start and this wood should have been dried a bit longer (given to me by a friend). I checked a couple times and there was no hissing. The temperature when I got the wood from the porch was 1 degree F. The wood went right into the stove. Tonight I'll be burning all oak and we'll watch it close again.
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    Dennis: then I gotta say that you were likely right. Either my wood got wet before it froze of those pieces that were hissing simply were not dry (how???). Thanks for getting back to me!

    Hammers: crap it is nice outside! -22 C right now and I was sheltered from the wind. I was just outside for 1 hour and loved it! Quiet, super clear, lots of stars and no noise!

    Andrew
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  14. bag of hammers

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    +1 Andrew. I think there was another thread here a couple months ago talking about the upside of the winters (being outdoors) with lots of comments like yours. Yep, I wander down to the frozen shoreline on those quiet still winter nights and the deafening silence, and the visuals are hard to describe.
  15. Swedishchef

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    Last night was scary quiet. No a whistle of wind, nothing. Just the crunching of snow under my feet.

    Saturday is the full moon here. Quite the light in the sky on those cold nights. I love it. As long as there's no wind. Wind = enemy. Unfortunately I live near the coast and it blows 3 days out of 4!!
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    Last night was an all oak load. Everything worked out just fine.
  17. Swedishchef

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    Well Dennis, I am guessing some of my wood was wet before it froze. We had a rain storm around Christmas time and the roof of my greenhouse (where I store wood) has a couple of leaks. I am guessing it has to be that..the maple is over 3 years old C/S/S....

    Once again, I erred in my above statement.

    Thanks for updating!
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    Maybe some coons got in and are peeing on the wood too?! ;lol
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    Ha ha. perhaps. Or someone came with buckets of water and tossed it on my wood (could you imagine someone doing that....that would be terrible! especially before the frost sets in..)

    A

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