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How big is your stove.... really.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Highbeam, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. wendell

    wendell Minister of Fire

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    I'll let you go on the Natty Light but Cutty Sark?!? C'mon man, step up to Famous Grouse! ;-)

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  2. rdust

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    Mine isn't close to the 2.2 for usable space. 18x18x9(just over the top of the bricks). I like loading with 16" splits so it's even less, no biggie it gets the job done as advertised.
  3. Dakotas Dad

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    Not much of a beer drinker.. how many bottles of Eagle Rare do you reckon will fit in there?
  4. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Nope, not a beer snob.
  5. madrone

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    I'm getting 18.25 x 18.25 x 10, coming in just a little short of the tubes. (unless you're loading dimensional lumber, there will be air space at the top.) 1.9 is what I get. About 9% less than advertised. Seems to be a measurement of air volume in an empty stove. You'd need a castable wood slurry to actually utilize the full volume. A real-world standard would sure be helpful when comparing stoves.

    I find Natural Light refreshing. Beats grape soda any day.
  6. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    All this talk about specs of the firebox size. Interesting from an academic point of view... However what does it really mean anyway?

    I agree that advertisers shouldn't be telling lies - and I find the whole specs game disgusting; "technically if you fill it with water it will hold xyz, we realize you can't use it, but that is what it is so we'll advertise it that way so it looks better against our competitors" bah humbug. But we already know many manufactures essentially do this with burn times and estimated sqft heating ratings etc (not to mention some of the pretty pictures in the advertising that likely could never pass clearances to be legal installs).

    I bought my first stove based on what I thought was a good analysis of the specs given for different stoves. So much was very close for the class of stove I was looking for so I made the best decision I could using what I thought were the optimal features (EPA numbers, BTU, etc). The only really subjective input I used (unfortunately) was the brand reputation. Well, I neglected to really talk to or read information from actual owners/users and get enough of that good ol' subjective input and regretted my decision.

    Second time around the reviews and discussion drove the decision - not the numbers. As many have said here in this discussion, it doesn't really matter that much exactly how large the firebox is as long as it performs they way it should - i.e. you get the burn times and heat out as you desire. Sure relatively speaking it is important to know if you have a 1.5 vs 3 cuft stove as this clearly is a big difference but if you know folks burning the type of wood you have available can heat your size/type of home well with the burn times you desire with stove X then does it matter if it really has a 1.3 vs 1.5 cuft box?

    All this to say this is an interesting discussion but what does it really mean? Oh - and even if you aren't burning in the stove all summer I think it is a poor place to store beer, it is next to impossible to keep it cold enough in there and the ice melt makes a mess of the leftover ash no matter how well you try to clean the stove.
  7. Highbeam

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    What does it really mean?

    First off you can't compare firebox volume to the other purely marketing specs such as burn times and SF heated. Those specs are not rock solid since so many factors outside of the stove design affect them. Firebox volume is a measurable and provable specification that has nothing to do with the installation and operation of the stove. We have found in this thread that the manufacturer specifies a false figure every time. Further, we have found that the falseness of that figure varies greatly so that you can't compare apples to apples, you have to actually measure. This isn't the difference between 1.3 and 1.5 (12%) this can be 1.5 vs. 2.3 (65%). From a guy with a mail order stove you should know that the purchaser has to trust some things such as specs. What if your stove came with an 8" flue? That's only a 33% error.

    The reason that these specs are published and "what this means" is that we use published specs in place of real world experience to compare those stoves that are new to the market or those for which we can't find sufficient reviews or discussion. If the specs are just wrong then what good are they?

    For me it was the woodstock Keystone. Only a few people own the stove and it is rated by WS to be teensy weensy and only heat a small area. Well it turns out that it is no more teensy weensy than my "medium" sized heritage.
  8. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    Don't pick on the folks who drink beer without flavor. Those are beers made with rice and/or corn for those who don't like the flavor of beer. Historical fact that the adjuncts were added to lighten the flavor, or remove the 'beer' flavor. Folks drink what they want to drink. We will have to look to the next generations to keeping the Craft beer movement going...
  9. Todd

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    Highbeam,
    Maybe it's time to get rid of that tiny weeny Heritage and upgrade to the larger Fireview? :coolgrin: Or wait til the new Woodstock comes out?
  10. Todd

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    Wonder what the Equinox measures in at? They claim 4.0
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I have often questioned the actual load volume of the Quad, now I'm gonna have to get the tape out and measure it.

    Oh, and for the record, I have never met a beer I wouldn't drink.
  12. the_dude

    the_dude Feeling the Heat

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    BB,

    I assumed from your picture you were burning that Natty Light in an effort to rid the world of it. For that, I commend you, sir!

    Of course, I'm joking. Drink whatever you want. I've put down a fair share of Blatz in my days, so I don't judge.
  13. BrotherBart

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    Look at the bright side, it ain't Genny Light. :lol:
  14. Highbeam

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    I like beer. I make beer. I am now drinking a Mak-n-jaks amber that is 6% alcohol and a fairly heavy beer. However, you will also find in my fridge about a dozen cans of MGD because sometimes you just want to drink something lighter. I'll drink any of the canned beer and it's all pretty good. I have actually dumped out some of the fancy craft beer that just tastes bad.

    I bet that Equinox is only 3CF or less. It is based on, or at least looks a lot like, my heritage and given the company's measurement methods as demonstrated on this thread I would bet a can of MGD on 3 or less CF.
  15. Todd

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    If the Equinox is 3cu ft or less I bet you could get away with a 6" chimney. Who's got one to measure?
  16. the_dude

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    I guessing you've never had Old Style Dry :cheese:
  17. mikepinto65

    mikepinto65 Minister of Fire

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    Had to chime in (about the beer). A favorite of mine is Corona Light (never seems to give me a hangover!), everyday cheap beer is Coors Light. I like all types really, but save the heavier beer for fall, winter and spring.
  18. Battenkiller

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    Your smoke dragon could eat my smoke dragon for breakfast.

    I measured my Vigilant's interior last season. I think it was just a shade under 2.5 cu.ft, but it sure seems to hold a lot of wood. It's a top loader, so I can always slip a decent size round in on top and still get the door to close. They all drop down magazine style, so even though I wouldn't call the upper portion "firebox", it still counts toward an overnight burn. With the bypass closed, it burns horizontally across the bottom anyway, so it's real hard to say where the fire ends and the "hopper" begins.
  19. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I'm still trying to figure out whether this thread is about firebox sizes of beer.
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    Someone was talking about stoves?! :lol:

    Edit: best bang for the buck beer here is Yuengling Black & Tan, $5.78 for a sixer (pre-tax).
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    I throw that pic up in a firebox size thread once every year and the thread always goes to hell when they see that Natural Light. :coolgrin:
  22. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    I like beer. I like some beers better than others. But, still, I like beer.
  23. quads

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    It's a big one.
  24. BrowningBAR

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    Yeah, the beginning of the first year burning I was concerned with over stuffing the stove. The second year... not so much concern.
  25. BrowningBAR

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    I just checkout mine and the 10" deep might be understating things. Even measuring from the edge of the interior door lip to the vertical bar in back gives me 11". It's a bout twelve if you measure from the furthest point. Actual box size is probably about 2 cubic feet of space.

    Doesn't matter either way. It will be a lot more efficient than the Vigilant. Should burn longer, too.

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