I'll be burning N-S in my Lopi

blacktail Posted By blacktail, Jun 9, 2013 at 5:13 AM

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  1. blacktail

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    Because I cut a bunch of my wood about 11" for this coming season. It took a little more labor, but after burning a bunch of shorts N-S last year, I really like it. I've got this row of 11 inchers, and over a cord of the same stacked around the inside perimeter of my shed.
     

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  2. Stax

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    Good for you Blacktail. My bottom row must be laid N-S or I will get a dirty burn.
     
  3. Boom Stick

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    I have been cutting my wood to 14" for a N/S burn and I like it. A little bit more work but I like the uniformity and ultimately the fact that everything is the same length things become easier. I cut a piece of locust branch to 14" and use a hatchet to mark what I am cutting and then I buck and cut.
     
  4. begreen

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    I burn N/S for startup fires, but usually burn E/W for longer burntimes. N/S also can burn better if the wood is not fully seasoned.
     
  5. Rich L

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    Do you get longer burn times burning north/south than east/west ?
     
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    I'm not following why the 11". 16" long is a good length that the wood can be loaded either way.
     
  7. blacktail

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    Yes. Probably because I can load pack the stove full. Loading side to side I can't get as much wood in.
     
  8. blacktail

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    12" is the longest I can fit front to back in my insert.
     
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    Ah, got it. I was thinking of the free-stander.
     
  10. dafattkidd

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    Nice. NS is definitely the way to pack that sucker to the max.

    I scrounge and buy my wood so I'm sort of at the mercy of others with my log lengths. This year I burned probably 50/50. I like the view of an EW fire better in my stove. It also seems to burn a little slower at EW. Everyone has their own preference and it's always nice to have the option.
     
  11. Huntindog1

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    So do you actually cut 10" to make sure you have 11" or under. As If I try to cut for a specific number like say your 11" max length, I will always get some that goes over and wont fit in the stove.
     
  12. blacktail

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    I just eyeballed it. It'll take up to 12" N-S. If I have any that are over 12" I'll still burn them. They just wont fit front to back.
     
  13. Highbeam

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    Seems that the row would easily tip over since it is so skinny. Like a dominoe.
     
  14. Augie

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    Thanks cant get this out of my mind now... :cool:
     
  15. jcjohnston

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    converted to N/S a couple of years ago and will likely not go back, certainly can pack more in and burn longer. My Lopi takes a 14" easily with at least an inch to spare for operator error, which are typically caught once all the wood is stacked in the sun and I notice an odd ball or 10. Then I just trim them in the stack and never have a problem come burning time.
     

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    With splits that short you could probably get three rows on a standard 48" pallet.
     
  17. swagler85

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    I started the same last year. It was easier to load it full, also when reloading a stove I didn't have to reach in all the way to the back to put log on hot coals. Im not sure if I get longer burns N/S or E/W but liked loading a lot more N/S
     
  18. TradEddie

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    N/S seems far better in my Lopi Freedom too, but nearly all my wood was split before that insert came. N/S burns more completely and steadily, but E/W isn't a problem unless I'm really trying to fill it to the hilt,

    It's June, 89F outside, what the heck am I doing here?

    TE
     
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