How do you stack?

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  1. westkywood

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    I stack with all wood separated by species. I label it with the date it was stacked and by species. For one, I like to see how different woods perform. Two, I want to know if I'm grabbing a chunk of hardwood or softwood. Three, I want to know how long that split has been there seasoning. I aint anal bout much, but when it comes to my farwood , I reckon I am.
     
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    Looking on the Highvalley site they quote 72% efficient so maybe not as efficient as you thought.

    http://www.highvalleystoves.com/woodstoves.php

    I think insulation must be the big difference as that amount of wood would last use at least 2 days on the 15 kw stove and 3 days on the 5kw. We normally start a fire at 4pm and the last log goes on at 8 pm. The house then retains the heat for the rest of the day.
     
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    Bragging about our wood and showing it off is what we boys do best. More than one specie of wood at times.
     
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    Thats pretty impressive if you can only run a fire half the day and keep the heat in the house the rest of the day. How long after the 8pm loading is your stove still putting out heat?
     
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    keep in mind I am heating 2500sqft with this stove some times.
     
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    ur right I looked it up 72% I thought it was closer to 80% but did think that I saw the list of all stoves and non cats were like 80 and cats were 90? Oh well shows my memory
     
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    16" is the "standard" length here in the US. Of course if you cut your own wood, you can cut at whatever length fits in the stove. 6" or 8" lengths in a kiln, yeah, that'll get pretty dry in a hurry. :)
     
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    Fire normally stays in overnight and then we dont bother to mend it in the morning. Being an old stone house the stove is surrounded by a floor to ceiling stone fireplace which acts like a masonry stove retaining heat and giving it off all day.
     
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    This my first season stacking by Btu output. Hard woods 21-30 btu goes in one pile. 16 -20 btu go in another pile. Guess I could also say it is organized by dry time. I'm not sure it is useful. I'll find out in a few years.
     
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    huh u mean "21-30" MC? or 16-20MC?
     
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    That I like!!!!
     
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    I stack three rows deep, about 4.5'-5' high and overall about 95' long on pallets. The wood id stacked chronologically with usually ends up being by species as well because that's the way the scrounges come. I'm a wood snob, so there is no "shoulder wood" to keep separate, and being three years ahead now, species isn't that important either.
     
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    my answer is: poorly...

    Oops.
     
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    ive had some of those spills!
     
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    Yup...been there
     
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    Guess some guys are sensitve about the size of their wood ;).
     
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    I buy my wood by the grapple truckload and as it is 100% Ash, no worries about sorting by species. 12 cord fits in my shed and what doesn't fit, gets stacked on pallets outside only to be moved to the shed later.

    I take from one side of the shed at a time, so the wood on one side could be from a different year or the same year only to have spent more time outdoors waiting to get laid up.
     
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    My Wife preffers shorter wood.....has a hard time loading bigger stuff.....she's got some thing about "the wood is'nt supposed to touch the firebrick"
     
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    I would be cutting it short then;)
     
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    HAHA I could say some things!!

    But what does touching the firebrick mean? It has to sit on it and then touch the walls?
     
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    My wife thinks it shouldn't touch the walls either. I cut the wood 2 inches shorter.

    As for sitting on it, there is a bed of ashes.
     
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    haha!
     
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    The added benefit of shorter splits is that drying times can be drastically reduced. With the use of our solar kilns the timber is below 20% MC within 3-6 months depending on time of year. It also allows drying of wet timbers like willow and poplar without it going mouldy.
     
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    John,
    by solar kiln, do you mean a greenhouse or polytunnel ?.

    Billy.
     
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