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Finnish Fire building technique...going to give it a go!

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Bster13, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Was Googling for To-down fire building videos and came across this:


    I'm going to give it a go.... friends are coming over this evening and I'm going to show off this stove even if it is 85F in the living room! Haha

    Anyone else try this method?
    (BTW, a coworker was nice enough to give me some 2yr old splits to play around with. Very thankful!)


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  2. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    I probably need some medium sized kindling in there, but all my stuff is generally full on wet splits or shrapnel from the splitting process. I guess I'll just load the stove up with more of the shrapnel. :p
  3. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    Looks kinda like what we as kids use to call a box fire. Looks like it'll get the job done alright. A little "sophisticated" , but hey it works.
    A piece of Super Cedar on top of a couple big splits with smaller ones on top gets er done.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I'd hardly call that a new technique but it works well.

    Like westkywood, I like the Super Cedars for starting the fires. Didn't think I'd like them at first but when Thomas offered some free samples we took him up on his offer. Certainly glad we did too. And what if you have no kindling wood? No problem. You can still get the fire going quickly.

    I think they also neglected the most important thing; dry wood.
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Looks like tunnel of love with a kindling stockade in front.
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  6. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    The way that wood was ringing I'd say it was very dry.
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    tekguy Feeling the Heat

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    did you ask copy right permission before making this post?

    lol.. maybe I can patent fire
  8. n3pro

    n3pro Minister of Fire

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    Hurry TM the Tunnel of Love. I hate to see you miss out on such a great invention. The all new Begreen Tunnel of Love TM now with Super Cedars TM - revolutionary way to build a hot clean fire!

    Approved by Hearth.com TM

    Ok, I'm done. I approve this message.
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  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I sent Izzy and da boyz to lean on dem a bit.
  10. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Well it worked fine for me, though I have nothing to compare it to. It's 75 in the living room and 71 in the bedroom hallway. Time for bed!
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    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    "You're fired!"©
    ;lol

    +1
    . . .but who needs that, when your stove always has a hot Love Mound© waiting for you.==c
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  12. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Last night @ 9:46pm (creosoted up front door was from me trying to burn green wood on previous wood fire attempt and dampening it down because I got the new stove and couldn't help it.)

    Wood is labeled as "dry" from a coworker. He's a wood nut, but not Hearth.com wood nut in terms of having X # of years dry stuff. Certainly felt, sounded, acted like dry wood but not sure how old it is. Older than my 5mo old stuff for sure, haha.
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    When I went to bed, bimetal thermostat was turned down 95% of the way.

    7:40am EST still putting out heat, but close to falling out of active zone. After taking this pic I turned up the bimetal thermostal and CAT probe climbed a bit, no smell outside:

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  13. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I've been at this game a few years now but still can not tell how many years wood has dried nor the moisture content of the wood by how it sounds. Shoot, different types of wood will sound different. Different size will too. But, I may learn this method some day...
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  14. n3pro

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    I'm always looking for new tips and tricks so what I didn't say my first reply was, thanks for sharing.

    Here in south central pa where shoulder season tends to be long I get to do a lot of cold starts. However I build depending upon the weather; I like to put the kindling and super cedar towards the top middle. For me it seems to get the secondaries kicking sooner then if I put it toward the front.

    Part of what makes wood heat fun and challenging. No "right way" and one way does not always produce exactly the same results.

    As far as seasoning, moisture meters are cheap and was an education for me. Wood I thought sounded "like a baseball bat" wasn't as seasoned as I thought, yet others I thought sound dull were under 20%. Same way with weight and color.

    As I've read on here many of times, seasoned is in the judgement of the burner.

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