eco bricks?

njtomatoguy Posted By njtomatoguy, Dec 9, 2011 at 1:51 AM

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  1. njtomatoguy

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    Hi all, checking back in..

    After last years mess, hauling pallets and having to have wood delivered with 30 inches of snow on the ground,
    I am seriously considering switching to ecobricks. I bought a couple packs at tractor supply last year, used them in a jam
    and was satisfied.

    I am sick of the hauling, chopping,splitting and stacking, and the mess that comes with it..

    Does anyone here use these things?

    It seems to be worth it.
    Thanks,

    NJT
     
  2. fredarm

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    I have a ton in my garage and burn them mixed with wood. They make a great foundation for the fire--I put two in on the bottom with wood on top. They also burn well on their own. I got them on sale over Labor Day. At regular price, they're a little more expensive than bought wood, but certainly easier.
     
  3. eclecticcottage

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    Not exclusively. Too expensive-but since this is our first year burning, and we just bought the place a few months ago, we had to settle for what we could get wood wise. Not the best quality, imo. So we decided to try some also. Throw more heat, burn longer and light quicker, we can damp down quicker with a great seoncdary burn. Less ash too. If we pack the stove right, we can still have coals to restart with when we get home. We stopped burning them at night because it gets so warm it's hard to sleep! I don't mind getting up once to reload with wood anyway. We'll probably start burning them at night again when it gets into the teens and single digits.

    We'll buy a pallet or two nest year when they're on sale in the summer to supplement the wood we've got split and seasoning now (all free, several cords).
     
  4. Osburning

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    Where you buying the bricks from. I know there is a processing center for EcoBrix in South Jersey that gave me a price around ~$225 a pallet +50 for delivery last October. I ended up buying a cord of Oak from a farmer but may consider going with bricks in the future, was concerned about the quality.
     
  5. AppalachianStan

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    How do the ECO brick work on a cold start? Do they take off like a rocket or slow burning?
     
  6. parsimonious

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    I'm using eco bricks too. This is my first year burning solid fuel(or any fuel for that matter, Fl. transplant). Because of time restraints my wood is not fully seasoned.
    I use a couple of bricks each reload. They get my insert stovetop(yes it has a stovetop) hot quick. I get stovetop temps to 600-700 degrees quickly with 7 month CSS
    wood. Problem is sometimes it goes a little higher and that worrys me.I would not fill a stove with eco bricks. I think EPA stoves have secret air holes and are very hard to damp down.
    Am I paranoid? Also, wait till tractor supply sells them for $3 a bundle rather than $4. They do this often.
     
  7. eclecticcottage

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    Tractor supply had them, ours is out and doesn't expect any more in this season.

    We start them off of a hot coal bed, never tried starting them cold.
     
  8. littlalex

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    Like many of the others I mix them with cord wood. As also stated they are a little hard to start but not a problem.They work fine as I use them. When you can get them at TSC @ 2.99 I always pick up 16-20 bundles.

    Littlalex
     
  9. GAMMA RAY

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    I have been burning them mixed with wood. I also fool around with the Envi bricks. I like the Envi ones better. They light quicker and I think they burn longer but the ones I have are twice the size of an Eco brick. I haven't burned just the bricks though without any wood.

    I think they are great for those with questionable wood, just to mix in a few if you can swing the price. The Envi Bricks are $265 a pallet here. I think both types are very easy to start a fire with.

    In a perfect world where I had all the dry oak I can get my hands on, I would not even consider the bricks to be honest. But I can see where the bricks would be good in certain people's situations.

    dry hard wood......there is no substitute... ;-)
     
  10. njtomatoguy

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    Sorry for not replying sooner, I have been LIVING AGAIN since getting these thing!!!! I love them.

    Tractor supply -- $3.99 a pack. 1 pack = 2 nights This is the first time in 5 years I have slept all night, not having to get up and fill the stove!
     
  11. HotCoals

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    They do work in the BK just fine,cat loves them..I'm thinking 30% more in cost over bought wood...if on sale.
    I pay 60-70 a face cord.
     
  12. Mainely Saws

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    Like other's have said I use them mixed in with cordwood too . I have a lot of oak which is great but the coals from the ECO bricks last longer . I have no problem with runaway temps . One ton in the garage purchased from Tractor Supply . Another nice thing is that they are all uniform in size & even though I have an east/west stove I can put them in N/S . That helps me to get a longer burn time .
     
  13. agartner

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    I've been running 100% BioBricks for the last 2 years. 4 pallets in my garage will easily get me through the winter, and no trudging through the snow to the wood pile, although that doesn't seem to be too much of a problem this year so far...
     
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    Agartner , do you prefer the BioBricks over the ECO bricks . Cost of Bio Bricks ?
     
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    I haven't tried the ECO's from Tractor Supply yet as I can't get them by the pallet. Love the BioBricks - I'm thinking it was either 260 or 270 per ton, plus 30 or 50 bucks to get them delivered (Woodpellets.com). Secret to the bricks is the amount of pressure used to compress the the things. The more compression used, the better they seem to be. I had bought a different brand a few years back and they were terrible - would just expand like a marshmallow and disintegrate into a pile of useless charred sawdust.
     
  16. eclecticcottage

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    About how many packs were on the pallet? We're trying to figure out how many pallets we'd need, but I can't find any place that says how many packs are on a pallet (I'm guessing it's in the range of 80 or so based on the weight but I'm not sure).

    Thanks!
     
  17. agartner

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    Typically, the pallets weigh in at either a ton or 2000 pounds :) The BioBrick pallets consisted of 50 packs of 20 bricks each. 2lb bricks.
     
  18. Osburning

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    Wow, Thats encouraging news. I'll definitely be trying to pick up a pallet if they burn that well. The price really isnt bad either by the pack. I also see on ge fabricators website they are offering pallets of ecobrix for $150 cash, wonder if its the same product.
     
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    [quote author="Osburning" date="1324591672]Wow, Thats encouraging news. I'll definitely be trying to pick up a pallet if they burn that well. The price really isnt bad either by the pack. I also see on ge fabricators website they are offering pallets of ecobrix for $150 cash, wonder if its the same product.[/quote]

    That's a GREAT price if you're in NJ!
     
  20. eclecticcottage

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    I find they are more "steady" in the stove too, although they seem to throw a nice flame and secondary then turn to just a glowing mass after a little while. Doesn't bother me though because we load them when we aren't going to be tending the stove (nights when it's cold, days when we want a good long burn).

    Here they are burning about an hour into a reload on hot coals in my Republic, with splits on each side:

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  21. HotCoals

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    I'm pretty sure ECO says that one pallet,1 ton=1 cord.
     
  22. BlueMavWood

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    The Eco Bricks I get at TSC have 81 packs of 8 bricks (25lbs per pack) per pallet. Thus one pallet of bricks weighs 2025lbs.
     
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