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How Much Do You Like Your Gasifier?

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by DenaliChuck, May 1, 2008.

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  1. DenaliChuck

    DenaliChuck Member

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    A few questions if you would be so kind...

    How much do you like your gasifier?

    What brand do you have?

    Do you have tendencies to be a "gear-head", "gasification-nut" or "fill in your affliction here" or are you "normal"?

    Does your wife tend the home fires?

    If so, what does she think about the gasifier?


    Thanks,

    Chuck

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  2. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    Like: 95+% satisfied.
    Brand: Tarm Solo Plus 40
    Affliction: all mentioned and more.
    Wife tend the home fires? No
    If so, what does she think about the gasifier? are you talking about me or the boiler?
  3. EricV

    EricV Feeling the Heat

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    Yep, well said, ditto here

    I love the thing. I got 1 oil delivery this winter, 31.9 gallons. I ran out of wood about a month ago so I'm using oil for DHW, but no heat at all.
  4. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

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    I couldn't be happier.

    EKO 60

    Technically, I'm a wood weirdo.

    Yes.

    She loves the unlimited heat and hot water and the control she has over same. And, she loves the low utility bills.
  5. Nofossil

    Nofossil Moderator Emeritus

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    How much do you like your gasifier? Very satisfied. No regrets at all, and performance has exceeded expectations.

    What brand do you have? EKO 25

    Do you have tendencies to be a "gear-head", "gasification-nut" or "fill in your affliction here" or are you "normal"? Maximal controls freak, tinkerer, DIY on steroids

    Does your wife tend the home fires? Yes, but primarily when I'm not available. She's happier helping with wood gathering. And the axe. I should worry about that, maybe.

    If so, what does she think about the gasifier? She was intimidated at first, but is pretty comfortable with it now. It's important to share the learning curve.
  6. Nofossil

    Nofossil Moderator Emeritus

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    If you're referring to my detailed individual-burn spereadsheet where I weigh the wood and measure the moisture, I never got to do another run. I need a load of prett consistent wood to do it, and the stuff I had towards the end of the season was too random. Those runs tended to be in the 55% range, but they don't account for heat that makes it into the house from the plumbing itself, or heat that radiates from the boiler. It's a very stringent measure of efficiency.

    Another way of looking at it is seasonal wood consumption compared to historical oil consumption. I used to use about 70 million BTU per season in oil heat, and I burned 4 cords this past winter. On that basis, my efficiency is more like 80% or slightly better.
  7. Jim Post

    Jim Post Member

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    We like it ALOT! We'd put it in our living room if there was a better view of the fire.

    Tarm Solo Plus 30 No Storage

    I'm on the procrastinating side of frugal to a fault.

    Yes if I am not around.

    "Best investment we have made!"
  8. Reggie Dunlap

    Reggie Dunlap Feeling the Heat

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    This was my first winter with the Tarm 40 and I'm very happy. Like anything there's a learning curve, but it dosn't take long to figure out how to make it burn best. Dry wood is important.

    As far as afflictions I'm a pyro from way back. I love woodstoves, fireplaces, and especially burn piles.
  9. ISeeDeadBTUs

    ISeeDeadBTUs Guest

    The unit itself I like. The company sucks. The biggest fault I find with the unit is that the refractory craks to hell. But I'm thinking/hoping this has little effect on function.

    GreenWood 100

    My affliction is not family-friendly, so, in an attempt to not get censored, we'll just say I'm a control freak.


    I love her, but . . . one day she called me at work to say the door wouldn't latch. She said she proped a stick against it to hold the door. When I got home . . . the nut on the handle had over-tightened . . . she just needed to turn the handle the other direction. Silly rabbit, trix are for kids.

    Many years ago I decided it was best not to ask anyone I slept with what they were thinking. But I will say, she always wrote the checks for oil, and her wrist has taken quite a break ;-)
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