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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by dafattkidd, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. FyreBug

    FyreBug Minister of Fire

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    Were you talking to Ron? Older gentleman? He's a great asset. He's the gentleman who designed all the Century wood stove line way back when they were known as Haught. He was one of the pioneer to design EPA wood rated stove more or less without lab. Lots of experience, trial and error, shoe string budget. He can tell many a story about the early days of EPA and the industry.

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  2. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Could have been - don't recall the name (can't recall what I had for breakfast most days) - nice guy in any case. The "old timers" are definitely a wealth of knowledge. Trial and error & shoe string budget is pretty much how I do everything - can really appreciate that. Next time I happen by that store and the SBI guys are there I'll have to ask around...
  3. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    I just want to add that my experience with the Matrix is improving. I traced most of the noise to a resonating heat shield that protects the blower from direct exposure to the bottom of the firebox, and improvised an extra attachment point to keep it from vibrating so vigorously. This reduced the annoying hum rather dramatically. I emailed Osburn with my solution, and was told that they're already working on a similar improvement. The occasional resonance I'm still hearing seems related to stove temperature. There are some ungasketed metal to metal connections between the blower and its mounting plate and heat shield, which may need a bit of padding or some extra screws, or both. But I'm extremely impressed with Osburn's responses to me around these noise issues, and optimistic they will iron out the bugs.

    I like the manual a lot, especially as it describes the everyday rhythms of loading, firing and cleaning out a wood stove. As a newbie woodburner, I wish it said a little more about operating the stove near its design limits. Woodheat.org has an article arguing that stove thermometers are unnecessary. Accordingly, the Matrix manual doesn't seem to mention thermometer use, but also doesn't define overfiring or describe what it looks like. As the weather gets colder and I want to get as much heat from the stove as possible, I find that I don't know how to tell whether I could safely turn up the heat, or whether doing so might sacrifice efficiency, or whether I'm already pushing my luck.
  4. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    I think they should release a dvd to show the proper loading techniques, proper air adjustment, what an over fire looks like and how to deal with it, what good secondary burn looks like and so on with whatever stove you have. Seems like it would solve a lot questions.
  5. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Just wanted to add that my burn times have increased substantially as I've learned how to use the insert. Last night I loaded it tightly with mixed hardwoods, N-S, at about 9:00 or 9:15. At 9:45 I was in bed. When I got up around 5:30 there were still some recognizably log-shaped coals in back, and it was still putting out a meaningful amount of heat -- enough to keep the large living room comfortable, thought the rest of the house was getting a little chilly. Outdoor temps went down to about 10F last night.
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  6. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Glad to hear that you have started to master the art of burning in your insert! It always takes a while t o learn a stove/insert inside and out. Heck, I still learn on mine and I have had it for 3 years!

    It sounds like you had a proper overnight burn!

    Andrew
  7. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    It does look that way, and it's very satisfying.

    All the wood I'm burning was purchased very recently, because this is my first year with a woodburner of any sort. It's reasonably dry, but the MC varies and some pieces are a little damper than I know is ideal. I'm looking forward to next winter, when I'll be able to see what it's like with fully-seasoned wood.
  8. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Great news!

    A sound piece of advice that everybody on this forum passes along: start hoarding wood. It's like money in the bank! I would rather have 10 cords of wood and only need 3 (with the opportunity to sell a couple) than to be short and/or have wet wood.

    Andrew
  9. Jon1270

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    I'm not normally prone to hoarding, but I do find it extremely difficult to pass up anything that seems like an unusually good deal. In the past that hasn't been a big problem because the things I've opportunistically acquired have been relatively small. But free firewood is hard to look away from, and I've brought home a couple of cords of it, a quarter-cord or less at a time because that's how much my car can carry. I am pretty much out of places to put it, and still more presents itself and is hard to pass up...
  10. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the "wood haorders club"! You seem to be going down the right path! I am the same way. I have about 10 cords on my property now. 6 of which is hardwood.

    Andrew

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