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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by jazzbiker, Feb 3, 2013.
"I have a Heritage soapstone"
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Maybe because he said so?
Trying to burn wet wood is frustrating. It's almost a waste of what will become good wood.
Burning pallets is a lot of work
Burning blocks isn't exactly cheap, but they should get you by
begreen, I have a confession to make. Like most people here, I start my fire with a little left over olive oil on the newspaper to help it along, followed by pine cones. Yes, the glass goes get brownish but only at the edges and I clean it off every day with damp paper towel and the palest ash. One taverna owner here starts his stove with an olive twig dipped in a mixture of ash and olive oil which he keeps in a corner of the room in a plastic jug. Certainly seems to work!
Any chemical option could, and more often than not, will have consequences; burning wood with high moisture content will most like cause cresote buildup; if the amount of moisture limits the burn temperatures. Any suppliers of kiln dried wood around you? It is a little pricey but 1/2 cord may allow you to burn that and use the dry heat and a fan to dry your existing supply and mix in a little at a time.
Lots of people have used chemical accelerants, take this guy for instance:
I wouldn't recommend it...
Once enough of those gasses build up in the box and ignite you'll have built yourself a pretty good bomb...
Thanks again. I am talking about the Duraflame variety of starter, certainly not gasoline. JDP1152, I appreciate the offer of a moisture meter ! and all the suggestions. I like the idea of banging two together to hear the tone. We're all musicians here . I'll start making room for some better wood while mine dries out.