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I got wood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by d.braun28@yahoo.com, Apr 11, 2009.

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  1. d.braun28@yahoo.com

    d.braun28@yahoo.com New Member

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    The question is how much do I have ??? My neighbor's love the wood pile in my back yard

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  2. Hurricane

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    A few nice cords.
  3. SlyFerret

    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

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    Nice! Did you have to pay for it? Or did you manage to luck into it?

    I need to get a trailer like that to pull behind my pickup. Looks quite sturdy. How much weight can it cary?

    -SF
  4. d.braun28@yahoo.com

    d.braun28@yahoo.com New Member

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    Free wood the best wood

    I have about 2 more trailer loads still bucked and waiting to be loaded.
    Caught a side job cutting so a little cash and freewood.
    It's a bobcat trailer 14,000 lbs max Gets the job done
  5. Bigcube

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    Nice score, what kind of wood was it?
  6. d.braun28@yahoo.com

    d.braun28@yahoo.com New Member

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    locoust.oak,apple,soft maple ,elm
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    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    rough guess 4.5 cords
  8. d.braun28@yahoo.com

    d.braun28@yahoo.com New Member

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    I was thinking about 5 cords and I still have about 2 trailer's left to pick up
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    You have a sizable home. What stove are you using to heat that much square footage?
  10. d.braun28@yahoo.com

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    Fpx 44 elite

    I built the house last year and I have spray foam insulation so it does not take much at all the heat the entire house.
    It also has a very open floor plan. This will be my first winter with decent wood. Last year after building I had very little time to scrounge for wood so I eneded up with some willow and Maple both were not seasoned like they should.
    This comming up winter will be a winter of testing and learning that will determine my burning for the next year.

    I have 97 % eff Furnaces in the house so my heating bills are very low as is but if I can get the stove to run 6-8 hrs and put out decent heat I may try to burn 24/7
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    Nice. I wish I had better insulation.
  12. d.braun28@yahoo.com

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    I foam insulation is nice but it was a major expense. It will lake a while to pay for it's self
    But when I don't run the stove in the coldest month's my highest ng bill was 172 so for heating a 4300 sqft house to 68 deg and the indoor comfort is well worth the extra money.
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    I also have the FXP 44 Elite, first year. With a full load of decent wood(will be better next year) with the air shut down (about 3/4) this is achievable. Much longer and I have not been able to achieve it despite the advertised 12 hour max burn time. I have loaded it up around 10pm and woke in the morning around 7am to warm coals but not kicking out heat. While it is going it does a fantastic job of heating the house...the POS system works well for moving the heat.
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    It worked very well last year with the crap willow and maple heated the house up to about 70 on the first floor and 68 on the second with out a problem Zero and below I did not use it. I am going to break into the wall and get into the chase to insulate the back of the fire box and re configure my outside air pipes into a p-trap configuration as I get air comming into the stove on windy days.

    Do you have any trouble with this???

    Last winter I was only hitting 400 -450 on the stove face it's to my understanding this is way to low. Most likely the low btu and un-seasoned wood. We will see next year
    any more advice on the 44 elite operation

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    I do not have any issues with outside air coming in. Are you speaking of times when the fireplace isnt running? I had heard that was an issue in the past with FPX units. I have not experienced it though. When we did the install I did insulate the chase walls around the unit and packed insulation around the face perimeter.
    I dont have a termometer so I dont know the temps I hit. I learned over time how to time things to get a good secondary burn going.
    My biggest change will be having better seasoned wood next year. I burned a little over 5 cords this year. Been working hard at getting ahead - close to having 10 cord C/S/S now which is my goal. Once there, I plan to do enough to always have that much processed. I have enjoyed the work so I may get farther ahead...but as the wether warms other activities take over and I prefer doing this work when its cold.
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    I insulated the inside of the chase and Dry walled but did not insulate around the face. I live in a very open area so wind
    is always blowing and if it blows right it will blow in and thru the cold air invet and you can feel.
    I know there is now a cold climate kit that addresses these issues I just need to order and install. I think I now have about
    5-6 cords as I picked up the rest of the wood from the site yesterday in the rain and I have about double that bucked at my friends farm as I am trying to keep only what I need for that year at my house as I know that the knock at the door is comming from my home owner's assoc.. So about 15 cord in the past 3 mo my back, arms and my truck need a few weekends at the lake house after I get all this split and stacked
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