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  1. pyroholic

    pyroholic Member

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    Been lurking for a few months and decided to introduce myself.

    I installed a vc defiant in February this year. It is the stove that I had in my house as a kid and was our sole heat source. Pretty cool getting her cleaned up and rekindled after her 15 year retirement.

    Had to start from scratch as there was no chimney in the 130 year old farmhouse I recently purchased. Somebody tore the original out during an addition previously. Built a raised tile hearth and installed a 22', class A, 8" straight up all the way, talk about draft!

    Spent the last 2 months getting 7+ cord CSS for next year and will spent next winter getting 3 times that much.

    I have learned a lot reading here and look forward to continuing to tap the wealth of knowledge of this group.

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  2. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum pyro! Sounds like you've been lurking for a very long time! As a lurker I am sure you know this.. Pictures or this never happened ;)

    Ray
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  3. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Welcome...but the new guy brings the donuts!
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  4. pyroholic

    pyroholic Member

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  5. katwillny

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    Welcome to the forum. Looks like you have been busy CSS. That is an impressive pile you got der. Looks like you will fit right in here.
  6. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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  7. wingsfan

    wingsfan Feeling the Heat

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    Welcome aboard.you can get any info you need here. Nice supply you got there.
  8. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    Ah, the Defiant. Slept 10' from one of those growing up, and my father is still burning in it! Welcome to the forum, enjoy the wood processing, and look forward to hearing more from you.
  9. dougand3

    dougand3 Minister of Fire

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    Welcome, pyro. That all looks great!
  10. pyroholic

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    Thanks for the compliments. I kinda like to jump right into things. At the end of January all I had was the poulan and no wood. Now I have 5 saws, a stove, 7 cord of wood, a trailer, and a splitter. Big up front investment, but should break even by the time my little bit of oak is ready(not accounting for time and Motrin bill). No propane used since the first fire was lit.
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  11. Oldhippie

    Oldhippie Minister of Fire

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    Welcome!!! I was about to call for PICs, but Ray beat me to it. Your woodpile is awesome! Is that Disney World in the background?!

    Real nice hearth you got there too. The Defiant is cool in a retro way, but hang around here for a while and you might get the itch for one of those pretty ones you can see the fire in the window.. at least that's what is happening to me. :p

    Don't bother counting the cost of the equipment vs. the savings on oil, just cut to the chase and agree with us that it's cheaper no matter how much you spend! :cool:
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  12. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum. As I am sure you know there is a wealth of info/advice on the old VC stoves in the Classic stove room.

    Doesn't look like Disneyworld to me. Looks like a grain elevator. A big one.
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  13. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Pyro I am drooling over that woodpile. Good on you for getting ahead of the game As you've probably discovered while lurking, this place is a wealth of knowledge. Also good for a few laughs along the way + some wonderful stories, anecdotes, etc as well Resurrecting that old stove is very cool IMHO.
  14. pyroholic

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    Honestly not sure what's in those silos, I think it's chemicals. Railroad is right there. The grain elevator is about 1000' to the right... Or another about 3 miles to the left.

    It would be nice to see the fire, but the stove has too much sentimental value to replace, plus it sweats me out of my 2300 square feet in any weather so it's doing a good job. I have the original fire screen if I have to watch, albeit at a reduced heating capacity. I'm pretty satisfied with just feeling the fire for now.
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  15. Pallet Pete

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    Welcome its good to see another Michigander here ! That is a nice looking install pyro. Be carefull of that Dennis guy he might try to get you a milk crate for that splitter too !

    Pete
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  16. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Welcome, pyro! :)
    You didn't jump in, you dove in head first! ;lol
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  17. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Oh cripes...I didn't see he was from Michigan. I thought the web site had it's quota of "those" type of people and weren't allowing anymore on the site?
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  18. pyroholic

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    Now you are starting to sound like my credit card. Spend, spend, spend.
  19. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard pyro - looks like you are well on your way to the wood burning lifestyle. Congrats.
  20. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    especially if it's that "shadowy place" I've been hearing about

    I still have no idea what that means, BTW - just stirring the pot... ;)
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  21. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Hi there Pyroholic good to see a VC Defiant still able to deliver the goods.
  22. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum pyroholic.

    What a joy to hear a new member of this forum looking to get a few years ahead on his wood supply. In addition to that, this new chap also knows how to set up a splitter for splitting! We might have to send you a nice milk crate to sit on while splitting though but you have to supply the cushion. ;)

    Those silos no doubt are full of corn or beans and not chemicals. Nothing to be concerned about for sure and they will get filled every year.

    I'm betting you have your own woodlot for cutting. Great! If you've lurked around the Wood Shed, you'll no doubt see that many of us recommend to be 3 years ahead on the wood supply. Sounds like you are well on your way. Congratulations and we're happy to have you on this forum.
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  24. Pallet Pete

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    By the way Dennis old buddy we just lost power hope you guys weather it well. This storm is really lighting up our little neck of the woods.

    Pete
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  25. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Sending you more rain right behind it.
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