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first burn in new T5 successful!!!!!

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by dyerkutn, May 4, 2013.

  1. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    None of my friends or family will appreciate the excitement of this experience so I post it here. Just spent half of a beautiful spring day glued to the stove window watching the process and dashing outside every 5 minutes to check the chimney . Before this I had many fears mainly

    1. not enough draft to get the stovepipe hot (my old Dutchwest had direct opening from firebox to stovepipe--draft was instant)

    2. Small fires would cause smoke up pipe (small because it is kind of warm right now and because stove may be a bit big for my space)

    3. low quality wood instantly ruining the firebox and stovepipe and blackening window

    Everything was just the opposite

    1. draft started immediately on lighting up paper and kindling--stovepipe started getting warm in seconds

    2. no smoke from the chimney after the first 10 or 15 minutes

    3. The view of the fire through the glass is amazing and it is totally clean.

    I was so reluctant to give up my ancient Dutchwest which I knew so well (my only experience with stoves) but it looks like this was a great decision. (Hopefully next winter will go as well)

    On the wood front, I have 1/2 of a 1 1/2 cord dump, stacked on pallets in criss cross. I even went back and challenged the delivery because when I got it all stacked it only measured 3/4 cord (taking into account that it was loosely stacked) and a couple of days later he dumped another pile the same amount.

    I have about 25 splits of maple I bought from a guy who was saving it for a stove he never finished installing. It seems perfect for these beginning burns in mild weather and is tucked in my front porch handy to the stove.

    I must again thank everyone on this forum who responded to my many threads over the last few months when I was deciding whether to repair or replace my Dutchwest, through the arduous process of choosing a stove and for all the advice on wood which I will continue to stock up on to dry out. I have my moisture meter, my stove thermometer, a newly installed ceiling fan so I am all set for next winter.

    Only one question at this time--I got a good bed of coals and put in two medium splits (maybe 4") and turned down air to low. In 90 minutes they were coals. Seems kind of short. I assume in winter when I am loading it up and/or using larger splits this time will stretch out???


    Oh, yes, the old nondescript avatar disappeared and was replace with a ? so I decided to use the cave people-I am the one in the middle!!
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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like the beginning of a new and wonderful friendship. I think you'll love your new T5. It's a great stove.

    PS: When you get a nice shot of the stove you can crop it down to 100 pixels square and add it to your profile as a new avatar.
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  3. Oldhippie

    Oldhippie Minister of Fire

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    Now you can spend all of next year having a T5 love fest with Ray! ...gotta be good for multiple thousands of posts. :)
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  4. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    Glad things are working out for you. Hows the moisture meter working for you?
  5. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    Great!!! Thanks for checking in. Been checking out the maple I got and also the 1 1/2 cords of mixed hardwood. Some of them seem pretty dry and when I test them I am getting readings like 10, 10 1/2, 12--that is on the outside. I am thinking that on a not-too-big split that might mean even the inside is reasonable. All the pieces I have burned so far fired right up within a minute so I think my guesses were correct.
  6. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    Great for you! Burn while you can, I had a fire going yesterday and tomorrow looks good too
  7. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    Incorrect assumption. If you need to me to come by and bust up a few splits to measure, I'd be happy to do so. I've had oak measure teens on outside and 30+ inside.
  8. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    Not necessary--I believe you. I can get them split and check further. Anyway, my son and I did stack all the wood on pallets criss cross with the intention of leaving them till at least winter of 2014-15.

    yea-- the days are warm but the nights are still cool.

    I think there is a lot of birch--unless there is another tree with that tell tell white bark and reddish underneath. Does birch dry more quickly?
  9. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    birch is pretty dry to begin with. You'll be fine come heating season. If it's black birch (doesn't sound like it) even better.
  10. logger

    logger Minister of Fire

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    Birch and maple will be pefectly seasoned come winter. As for your draft, I know you said there's no issues now, but it will be even better when its colder outside and really tugging on the heat. Glad everything worked out.
  11. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    There's lot's of wood lore and advice in the Wood Shed forum here.
  12. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    I have already started bookmarking some useful threads--thanks for reminding me!!
  13. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    Sounds great, Im sure you will enjoy that stove, Im a fan of all the T series stoves. It has cooled off here today with that damp cold low 50's rain setting in, thinking about building a chill breaker fire in the basement here shortly myself.

    Enjoy !

    Todd

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