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Heat Output: cat vs. non-cat

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by 4barrel, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    I guess because I have gotten so used to managing the one I have--kind of know its cycle and quirks. A lot of what I read said they are better for controlling air and doing a slow burn. However, I will strongly take into account your current experience since you have done both and are clearly much more experienced than me.
    great idea dddddden? You have been a super help and Ray and everyone else too.
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  2. ddddddden

    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    "What it's all about.";)


    Good move on the ceiling fan.
    Putting a small fan on the floor blowing cooler air out of the bedroom toward the stove would probably help too. . .the theory is that it's easier to move cold air than hot air.
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  3. raybonz

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    What stove are you burning in now? The learning curve on the T5 was short.. You have one lever that controls primary and secondary air at the same time.. Where the learning comes in is the shoulder seasons where filling the stove and lighting a match will drive you out of the house lol.. Larger splits tightly packed and smaller loads are the answer here which comes with experience.. BTW what town are you located in? I live in Carver and work in S. Boston.

    Ray
  4. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    I am in Lexington--you have quite a commute. I am using a 1985 Dutchwest India 224CCL--knock off of the DWC and looks just like it. I first posted on Pre 1988 DWC forum a couple of years ago to find some parts and a manual and get advice on using it and to look for a service person.

    I went to a dealer yesterday who said I cannot possibly be using the cat because it is so old. But doesn't that depend on the number of hours or cords you burn in a year. This stove has seen light use compared to most people who post here. From the cat thermomet it gets up to 500 in about 15 minutes. When I close the by pass it gets up to 800 about 10 minutes and when I close the primary air it shoots up to 1000 and stays there. I have checked my chiminey outside and I don't seem to have any smoke when it is closed up. I have the pipe cleaned and they say it does not collect that much, though that same dealer said she would not trust the chimney sweep I use.
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  5. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    ps what is this reward point system that came in my alert box?
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    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    Yes I drive 47 miles each way.. Been doing it 5 years so I am used to it.. As for your stove you have the small CDW stove and it isn't a knockoff it was bought by VC years ago and they still make them except in VT instead of China. Your dealer knows nothing about cats as yours sounds like it's working just fine.. I owned the same vintage stove as yours except I had the large CDW and decided to replace it due to parts availability plus creosote issues and I was tired of fiddling with it.. Amazingly I got $350.00 for it! The learning curve on the old CDW's was huge I will say that! Quite a few old CDW burners changed over to the Alderlea stoves oddly enough and the reports they posted convinced me that was the direction I wanted to go.. I really like to see the rolling fire in this stove and the window requires only occasional cleaning! The CDW windows generally stayed black and even the new cat stoves tend to do this when run for long burns but will clean up if you crank them up.. BTW welcome to the forum ;)

    Ray
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    Nothing to be concerned about it's forum type stuff.. More likes give "awards", more posts will change you from a new member to another lofty title lol.. This is a good forum with good people and have met a few members up at Woodstock factory one of them being a woman (GammaRay). Kick up your feet and relax you'll like it here :)

    Ray
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  8. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    Glad to hear the descriptions of your tangling with the CDW. Makes me confirm that I have not been doing anything wrong.

    I will definitely not go back to that dealer!! I thought from other posts that I had seen that I was managing it OK.
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    LOL wrestling more than tangling! Most of the time it would behave OK and at times not backpuff for a month then do it again!! Just when I would think I had it figured it out it would throw another curve.. The T5 was ridiculously simple by comparison.. It is NOT the operator it IS the stove !!!!

    Ray
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    You want a long slow burn get a cat...you want a shorter burn with more heat get a tube..pretty simple ..but good luck with whatever you do.
    With temps above 35-40 i can do 24 hour loads. A little warmer out yet and 40-48 hour burns are not unheard of.
    That's with really good seasoned hardwood..about 80 lbs of it..lol.
  11. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    this article is very helpfu
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    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    Just ran across a 2009 thread about finding BK dealers is New England--same complaint--very hard to find--some people drive 3 or 4 hours to get one. I don't think I will do that what with limited time and not even knowing if I would like it. will stick closer to home.
  13. ddddddden

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    If you're okay with the price and the looks(the Chinook is easy on the eyes), disliking a BK is not likely, especially if you're already used to a cat stove and have dry wood. What's not to like about 20-hour burns? Seems like anyone who gets a BK thinks it's the perfect stove. They have exploded in popularity in the past few years, at least on this site, and seem to be gaining momentum in the east. . .hard to believe there's not a dealer around Boston. As the season winds down, things are a lil' slow around here. Try sending a message(Inbox -->Start Conversation) to BKVP. ;)

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/members/bkvp.18988/
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    What about the black glass? Are the Chinook/Sirocco any better in this regard? The Fv glass is clear no matter how low I burn it...
  15. Highbeam

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    Parts of the glass may be dark or black but the majority of the glass is easily clean enough to see the "fire". That's the real issue, there's very little fire to watch.

    20 hours is nothing, the regular sized stoves from BK are rated for 30 hours.
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    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    To provide a given heat output, a smaller stove is going to burn hotter than a larger stove would, so I'd imagine that the smaller BK's may sport a cleaner firebox/glass, but I don't think we know yet. . .
    My Fv stays pretty clean too, but that's not surprising since I burn with enough air for nice secondary flames. (House is not the tightest, so it's nearly impossible to overheat this place with the Fv. . .if it's too warm in here, it's because it's 60°+ outside, and I don't need to be burning anyhow.:p)


    The Princess is probably too big for OP's install. I was talking about the 2-cu-ft Chinook/Sirocco, rated for "up to 20 hours," which I feel pretty comfortable saying about the 2-cu-ft Fv too, BTW.
    16, 18, 20-hour reloads are pretty standard for me at this time of year. . .basically a very big, very pretty ash bucket at some point, but always hot coals.;) It will be interesting too see how the new 2-cu-ft BK's compare to the similarly sized Woodstocks.:)
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    The woodstocks have a double pane glass too right? That ought to reduce the blackening.
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    Yes, at least the Fv does. Good point. I've never really thought about the reason for the double pane. I think the cleanliness of the glass also has to do with the air intake / combustion pattern. The Fv tends to get a lot of secondary burn action near the glass, from the airwash. Even if you choke it down for a cat-only burn, it will erupt into flame an hour or so later. . .and keep burning like this for a few hours. My personal style of burning is to encourage secondary flames from the beginning, and I find that the Fv does very well as a "hybrid" heater. ;)
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    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    I think Evilgriff is the only owner of a smaller BK here, so far.

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/first-thoughts-on-my-new-bk-sirocco.92546/

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/those-of-you-with-blaze-kings.95218/
  20. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    go him by e-mail and he sent me the local dealer
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    _CY_ Burning Hunk

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    what's the max burntime for buck 91 cat?
  23. ddddddden

    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    For a more thorough survey of 91 owners, maybe start a new thread with your question as the title. . .

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    I think just about any cat stove except the BKs, which are designed to smoulder, burns with a clean window. The double paned Woodstock's add a layer of insulation which helps the airwash to accomplish burns with very clean glass. Only area that generally benefits from cleaning is right behind the andirons. They seem to prevent the window from getting the full benefit if the airwash for cleaning. The glass there is easy to clean when cool, with a light scrubbing with #0000 steel wool, scotchbrite green nylon pad, or wet newspaper/ash.
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  25. begreen

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    Some stoves keep the glass cleaner than others. It's more a function of the effectiveness of the air wash system and how the stove is run than whether it has a cat or not. I have seen black glass on the big Bucks and Appalachians too.

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