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Interesting tidbit in BK sirocco manual

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by PapaDave, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    After seeing BKVP's thread this morning about the new 30 model sirocco (coinkeedink?), I got the 20 manual and did a bit of reading.
    Page 21 in "operating instructions" says this re: wood.
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    "Blaze King recommends using dry seasoned wood, split and stacked and protected from rain for at least 24 months with a moisture content of 13% or lower.
    It takes a great deal of energy to evaporate the moisture contained in green wood and that energy will not be heating your house. Green or wet wood will greatly increase creosote & combustor problems."

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    That seems like writer overkill and a generalization for a stove built in pine country. Doug fir, lodgepole pine, alder are fine to burn after CSS for a year. You may be able to get 13% out in dry Walla Walla, but not on the west side of the Cascades.
  3. Waulie

    Waulie Minister of Fire

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    Someone has posted that before. Yeah, not going to happen for the vast majority of wood burners.

    Although, the 13% moisture is probably wet basis. Moisture meters read dry basis. So, if you have a reading of 15%, you'd actually have 13% moisture on a wet basis. Still, that's gotta be real tough to get to.
  4. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    "Someone has posted that before." Guess I missed it.:(
    I agree, real tough to get to. I've been close.....if my moisture meter is correct.>> Re-split Oak.!!!
    My takeaway is that you should be burning dry wood in your stove. Oh, and listen to Dennis.;lol The 2nd and 3rd sentences are important.

    Maybe I should go re-split a piece of pine from last fall to check MC. I bet it's well under 20%.

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