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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by pharmsaler, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. pharmsaler

    pharmsaler Member

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    Is it possible.......now the temperature outside have dipped into the 30's...my stove is functioning better? I loaded her up last night, dampened the intake to maybe 10% (and was expecting this morning to have black glass) and it was as clean as the day I brought it home.

    But I do notice that I have A LOT of coals after burning for 3 days in a row...I'm going to guess 4" of hot glowing 2-3" coals...Should I keep loading 1 piece at a time? Or should I let the coals burn down into ash before adding more wood?

    34 degrees outside and 73 inside........love the wood burner so far

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  2. kingquad

    kingquad Minister of Fire

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    Rake the coals forward and open the primary air control all the way. They'll burn up pretty quickly. Glad to hear everything is working well.
  3. pharmsaler

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    Holy locust...my dad's good friend gave me a half cord or less of seasoned locust wood. he warned me that this stuff burns super hot and to not load my stove with it, but rather keep it for those really cold nights...

    So being the guy I am, I threw 3 pieces in tonight...this wood burns OH MY GOSH..HOT!!!!!! I thought wood was wood and didn't expect the huge heat differece compared to the hemlock I have been burning.
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Yup, you are talking a day and night difference. These trees are on the opposite ends of the btu spectrum.
  5. scotvl

    scotvl Burning Hunk

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    I thought you were only going to burn pressed wood in there? LOL
  6. pharmsaler

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    I am burning the pressed logs and have been extremely happy with them....but who is going to turn down free wood...and why not give it a shot.


    BTW: the pressed wood has been great, very little ash, lights super easy, and lasts for a good while, 3 bricks last 5-6 hours and over night I put 4-6 in and cut the air way back...and in the morning I open the air all the way around 6 am and put 5-6 more in, have my wife cut the air back at 8 before she goes to work and it is still going when i get home at night.

    A package of 8 is $2, so on average I think I am paying $6 a day to heat some of the house.........for me that is worth it from a convenience sake and also it will reduce my gas consumption.
  7. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    Two dollars for 8 is a good deal.. I paid $2.99 for 8 Ecologs on sale at TSC.. I find they burn very well and so far I am only adding one to my splits just out of curiousity.. I will not take the chance of overfiring my stove as this would void the warranty.. The stove top runs under 600 degrees, the same as my normal temps with all splits.. I can see why people like using these Ecologs as they easy to stack and make little mess..

    Ray
  8. pharmsaler

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    28 degrees outside and the Boston has been cruising all day. Wife just complained how hot it is in here. Didn't notice as I have been in shorts and T-Shirt. and she is running around folding laundry and.....whatever else she is doing.

    I got up to get a drink and peeked at the thermostat...yikes it was 76 in here....Gosh I love this wood burner
  9. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    If I ever buy an insert that is the one. In fact I attempted to buy one in 2006 and the vendor screwed up.
  10. pharmsaler

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    wow just got really scared.

    I loaded up the stove with several full logs and a couple ez-bricks. I had a pretty good flame going and decided to shut down the draft to normal (25% or so). Came upstairs and crawled in bed. turned on Gold Rush and got about 15 minutes into it

    Then BAM...for what ever reason the electricity goes out. I figured it would be a quick on and off thing. Then I remembered my fully loaded stove and the fan would not be working. So by now a half hour has gone by. As soon as I hit the top of the steps I smelled something really hot. I ran down the steps and immediately shut down the draft all the way. But I could tell the stove was getting hotter with out the fan cooling it down and blowing off the heat. I looked onto the flu collar and could see it just staring to glow red. I'm really starting to crap my pants now!! 40 minutes have gone by now since the electric has gone off. Then the power finally kicks on and the fan just starts pouring out the heat. This has to be the hottest I have ever felt the heat.

    Now I'm thinking...What do I do if this ever happens agin...What if my fan quits in the middle of the night....

    What are you guys doing? Has this ever happened to you?
  11. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    I don't have your setup but if you're really concerned buy the highest capacity UPS you can afford and plug your fans into that..

    Ray
  12. VCBurner

    VCBurner Minister of Fire

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    Can you post some fire pics?
  13. kingquad

    kingquad Minister of Fire

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    I have the Kodiak. Same firebox.

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  14. ChadD

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    Enjoyed reading your post. Have you noticed the left side of the stove doesn't seem to burn as hot? I always seem to have blackened glass on the lower left corner of the door.
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    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I agree with the UPS idea. I don't know where you could store it but it would certainly be a good idea for a power outage.

    Glad things worked out for ya.

    Andrew

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