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  1. DTrain

    DTrain Burning Hunk

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    Ok this is starting to get fun. Getting the hang of the adjustments for different outside conditions. Today mild and little wind. Used a bit more kindling to get her good and hot. Shut the door. And now she's talking to me, or now I'm listening to her. Pings at 400 tell me to shut down some air. Then whoosh here come the secondaries.

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  2. DTrain

    DTrain Burning Hunk

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    Ok. Today no fun. No wind, 96% humidity, light sleet falling all day. High 34 deg. My stove is a dog today. Has been doing ok for the past few day, today it's super lazy, can't get stove top running above 350. Air is open all the way. Does this happen suddenly? Where the conditions of the day just are not good for burning?
  3. rijim

    rijim Member

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    The draft is certainly a question but what have you seen for stove top numbers and is the wood the same? We have very similar weather and I am running about 550 stove top air setting at about 1/4. Do you have any pallets or kiln dried 2x4s etc that you can throw in and see what happens, this will rule out wood moisture content.
  4. DTrain

    DTrain Burning Hunk

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    Good call. I have been using some larger pieces and some knarly and it's oak. Seasoned from wood guy so who knows. I'll try some scrap stud material I have in the basement. Like you said. But even the coals near inlet set all the way open look dull. Arrggg!
  5. DTrain

    DTrain Burning Hunk

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    Ok. I raked the coals forward and shoved the chared splits to the back. Set three 10" pieces of 2x4 on the coals and shut the door. Flames started soon after. The stove was about 280f. Then all hell broke lose. Tons of vigorous flame, and the stove is at about 410f and not a lot left of the lumber. Air was wide open the whole time. My bigger splits and knarly oak, sounds to be the issue? Seems silly I wouldnt have thought that as I was loading. I think I remember thinking I was about to make really big fire with really big splits.

    Side note... Got hungry while watching the stove. If you have salsa and only crumbs of corn chips left in the bag, just pour into a bowl like corn flakes, Ada salsa like milk and eat it like cereal. Nice!

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