How full do you load?

Kevin Dolan Posted By Kevin Dolan, Nov 16, 2012 at 7:23 AM

  1. Mo Par

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    Those were unusually large. Most of my splits aren't that big.
     
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  2. begreen

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    That's a pretty normal winter load for our stove. I like big splits for reloads. They burn longer.
     
  3. corey21

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    That is why i have started making big splits more now for in the future.
     
  4. rideau

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    Noticed there is a very recent post where a couple of people are experiencing cracks in the secondary air supply (I believe) for the lopi freedom, with questionable setting of possibly having overfired at times. In light of that, you might want to keep the temps a bit cooler .:)
     
  5. dafattkidd

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    Are you only burning doug fir at that size? Or are you burning hard woods that large.

    I wish I could have large splits like that but it will never season in time. Even being two years ahead I can't get splits that large to dry out.
    Most of my wood is oak. I try to split locust larger.
     
  6. webby3650

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    No, it's running as it should. It only achieves these temps. when the air is nearly all the way shut off, only secondary fire. This is a steel stove, it can handle the occassional hot fire. You will see interior damage if this kind of temps are maintained. In my instance this temp is only a spike, quickly drops back to the "normal" range.
     
  7. rideau

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    :)
     
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    I burn sugar maple in large splits without a problem.
     
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  10. adrpga498

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    Huntindog1 nailed it on the 1st responce to the original post. I have the Castine and couldn't agree more about filling to the gills on "every " load then regulate what I need for butrn time via wood species and air control.
     
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    Just a short cut to say I am glad all is well....
     
  12. Kevin Dolan

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    Have not filled to the gills yet in this stove but based on what I have read here will certainly try it. I think I need minus 10 c outside to get this thing cranking. Bring on the cold weather so I can crank the stove!!
    Kevin
     
  13. lopiliberty

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    After a couple of scares last year, I actually fill it during the day if I'm home but never fill it at night. This sucker has a tendency to take off like a rocket and can reach 800 within minutes after a reload if I'm not careful. It also has a tendency to take off agian after I think its settled in. Usually an overnight load consistes 3 or 4 splits of mixed oak, locust, cherry and ash(this year some elm!!!) depending on size about 11:00 and i have a pile of coals in the morning for reload(if the house isn't already 90)
     
  14. rdust

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    This is a full load for me.......
     

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    I am glad to hear that my stove is not the only brand that does that.
     
  16. begreen

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    I burn doug fir splits up to about 9" across. My hardwood is split to about 6-7" at the largest. Locust seems to dry out pretty well at this size.
     

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