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My Fall to Darkness - and the new Blaze King

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by AKSHADOW, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. hotprinter

    hotprinter Member

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    Nice post wordsmith, welcome to Alaska. I live in North Pole and installed a bk king last winter. I absolutely love it. I lit it october 22 and will keep it going until I need to clean it. Itnisna science to burn cats. It is also an art. I load it one in the morning and then at night. It cut our oil bill in half the first season but this year I have lots of wood so I am heating hotter. Again welcome to Alaska!

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  2. BKInsert

    BKInsert Member

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    Wow! You guys are the "real" thing, living is Alaska... North Pole... WOW! Keep warm. How many cords of wood do you expect to burn this winter?
  3. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Those guys up there are a breed of their own.

    It hits -20* here and no one wants to go outside. Up there it's -20* and they are in flip flops, shorts and T Shirts.... "damn it's warm". Yeah I'd say that too if just a couple days before the thermometer even froze!
  4. BKInsert

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    I am officially impressed now, this morning at 6:30am I loaded up the stove and went to work an hour later, I set the stove one dot before the low setting. I came home at 7:00pm , at 7:30 I went to the stove to open the door to put more wood hoping there would be enough ambers. Well, I was pleasantly surprised and shocked to see MANY large pieces of charred wood left, the stove was still in the "active" zone! It is 9:40pm now and the stove is still putting out some good heat. WOW, very impressed and pleased.
  5. bsj425

    bsj425 Burning Hunk

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    We cut wood on the borough lands it is far cheaper for the cutting permit than the state lands. It is only 5 bucks a cord with a 20 cord max per year and that is pretty much on the honor system. You can also get permits for FREE from the army and air force base for cutting on military land.
  6. bsj425

    bsj425 Burning Hunk

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    So where in North Pole do yall live? Im off of Lakloey near the air strip.
  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I thought $10/cord was good,
    , $5/cord is better, FREE/cord is best :lol:
    Good to know,I have a relatives there, I'll pass that on.
    Good things are, with the price of gasoline the closest one to you will be the best & you have several cutting areas.
    We have 2, one in Willow & one just North of Palmer. For me, Willow is $45 round trip, Palmer about $15. So $25/cord of birch is best I can do here. Palmer area, the easy stuff is gone, so I've been skidding it to the trailer/truck to get it. More work, but fun work.
    I do like FREE fire wood, just how much Free costs, varies. :)

    How much wood do you have stored up?
    Is most of the wood in the cutting areas birch?
    Easy access into the areas & close to the wood?
  8. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Might be free or really cheap, but my time isn't. If I can spend a bit for wood and only 20hrs splitting or stacking it vs 40hrs to cut, haul, stack, etc that means I have more time for other things.

    I don't mind cutting a truck load or so just for S&G, but to do a year or twos worth I would not be able to do it with the shape my back is in. Dr says my back is about same shape as avg 70 yr old man and I'm 28.
  9. bsj425

    bsj425 Burning Hunk

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    So the points Nate made are kind of moot here 1/2 the work is already done last Saturday I went out got 2 cord came home split and stacked and was done in under 4.5 hours with one person helping. If I had to fell trees and limb and all that I wouldnt have nearly as much. Ill snap some pics next weekend.
  10. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    OH Man!
    Is it "FREE" ?
    You are spoiled. :) ::
    "thousands of trees down and limbed in nice stacks about every 200 yards for about 12 miles long."
    "Just cut to length throw on trailer come home split and stack no felling trees no liming"
    Got into that good of cutting once (pile of cottonwood, birch spruce), most was cottonwood, but I got all the birch & spruce out of the pile I could get.
    With that kind of easy fire wood, you'll have 3 + years stored up in no time.
    If it wasn't 350 miles, I'd join you.
    Good for you. You do miss out on the fun of falling a tree & landing it right where you aim. LOL :lol:

    No such thing as "easy fire wood" some is just easier, it's all work. :)
    I'm kinda nuts, & think it's "fun work" though. (at least "rewarding work" )
    Good job!
  11. greythorn3

    greythorn3 Minister of Fire

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  12. hotprinter

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    No, but she will win "Miss Congeniality" and most likely to succeed, in heating your house that is !
  13. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Good idea to take it easy on that back. Long term back problems can really bring you down.
  14. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I know, its a beautiful thing, when I get up in the morning I dont have to worry about loading the stove and get it going for heat, I just turn the tstat up to get more heat from the remaining wood, loading it doesn thappen til noon time if not later.

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