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Clean Glass But NOT Dry Wood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Jersey Fire Bug, Jan 25, 2009.

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  1. Jersey Fire Bug

    Jersey Fire Bug New Member

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    I have a question that's bugging me.
    I got some good firewood delivered to me but it was all wet
    from that past ice storm we had a couple weeks ago.
    It doesnt burn very well until it is dry.
    Anyway, I have been semi-drying it next to the wood insert. When I put it in
    it burns ok but not Great.
    Question : My window isn't getting dirty AT ALL !!! I don't understand this, being it isn't burning very well and it is semi-wet.
    Am I just that advanced at burning wood ? LOL . Or is my woodstove just very good ?
    Or is there something wrong ?? Weird !!! :-S

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  2. bsimon

    bsimon New Member

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    My glass doesn't get dirty unless I try to burn less than optimal wood with the air supply choked off. If I close down the air too soon, the glass gets dirty in a hurry.
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    If you're burning it hot- keeping the primary air open longer- then it will burn cleaner. Get it hot and junk burns off the glass. No big mystery.
  4. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    If you're loading it E-W, with no ends up against the window, and you're burning it hot, and your appliance has an effective airwash flow, then it's not much of a mystery. Rick
  5. Jersey Fire Bug

    Jersey Fire Bug New Member

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    Ok....I get the point !!! :lol: I am 1st yr burning and in the beginning of the yr. when I burned (not so good) wood, the glass got dirty. I guess I have learned to keep more air going without realizing it. Lol.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Yer doin' good, bug. Rick
  7. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    What kind of wood is it?
  8. Jersey Fire Bug

    Jersey Fire Bug New Member

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    It is Ash and Oak
  9. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    No great secret . . . ash burns well enough with only a few months of seasoning (although like all other species . . . the longer you season it the better it burns) . . . and if you open the primary air as others have mentioned and run it open more and long enough you can keep the glass clean with semi-seasoned wood.

    It's worth noting that there is also a difference between ice/water-covered wood, semi-seasoned wood and unseasoned wood. Ice and water-covered wood that is seasoned should be fine . . . knock off as much ice and snow as you can and when placed on the coals the remaining water/ice should cook off in short order if the wood is truly seasoned. Semi-seasoned wood may a little more challenging to get going and you may hear some sizzling for a short time as the water cooks out of the wood, but if it is truly semi-seasoned the wood will get going in short order. Unseasoned wood . . . forget about it . . . leave it for next year.
  10. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Some ash requires no seasoning. You may have that? The oak is probably not well seasoned. Between the two mixed, your probably burning hot. If they are wet on the exterior that is not a problem. Seasoning pertains to the inside of the wood.
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