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Shoulder Season Burning in a large"er" sized stove

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by pen, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Calling for frost again tonight, so I started another small shoulder season burn. House didn't need a ton of heat so I didn't throw too much wood into the stove.

    I sometimes do a crisscross style for shoulder season burns, sometimes like this. Either way, I like to get that dog house air under the splits to get things going quick and keep them hot for a quick fire.

    Here's what things looked like tonight. What are you all trying?

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  2. Dustin

    Dustin Feeling the Heat

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    Same thing here... Only 55 outside but the house is down to 62, thank you old leaky house..

    Quad 4100i with the cris cross Doug fir splits.

    Doing as you said, purposely running it short and hot...

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  3. Dustin

    Dustin Feeling the Heat

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    Almost forgot.. With the burn comes beer! :)

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  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Stove looks so much better with a fire going
    Got good burning wood in there.
    Great pics ;)
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  5. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Shoulder season burn in a "large" stove.

    Unfortunately, I won't be home Wednesday for the reload. Six ash splits, two 5-6" bone dry oak rounds, and one soft maple split.

    The oak came from some landscaping my wife had going on (don't ask). Found them this afternoon. There were three, and I split one to check at 14%.

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  6. barn burner

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    43 outside, 77 inside. I've been burning dimensional lumber scraps. Just a small load in the stove. They get goin' pretty fast and seem to out gas even faster. Before I know it, I have a big hunk of warm metal with no fire in it just heating the house.If I wasn't burning these I'd be using some pallets from last year.
  7. laynes69

    laynes69 Minister of Fire

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    In the day time, small splits cross crossed for a quick hot fire. It's going to frost tonight, so there's a few small splits with a decent sized round to go through the night. Lots of air spaces for a good burn. Not even a half load with enough coals for the a.m.
  8. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    I likes the Fat Tire. We just got it around here, so they think it is worth gold. I had it in Arizona ten years ago, and it didn't cost any more than Bud. Good stuff. I used to make a pretty good clone.
  9. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    I'm doing what Pen has going on, except I have my splits spread out more. Three good size uglies or 5 small splits has been lasting me 6-7 hours since late yesterday when the weather got less weird.

    When I get the Defiant connected tomorrow I am interested as to what the different chimney will do as compared to last year's hook up. I think the taller chimney might allow me to operate the stove a little better at lower temps.
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  10. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Jeff: that is quite a "shoulder fire"!! Good grief, that setup must have cranked some heat!

    Pen: I lit my first fire today. I placed 5 pieces criss crossed with 1 bio brick inside. The pieces were medium in size. 3 hours later my wife opened the windows upstairs. LOL.

    ANdrew
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  11. Highbeam

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    I have fat tire in the fridge right now. Cost is 50% more than Henry's bottles. Very toasty caramely malt type beer.

    Yes, we broke down and started up a four split fire tonight. Stat set on minimum, this fire will still be burning at noon tomorrow.
  12. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Nah, 72 when I went to bed, 68 when I got up about twenty minutes ago, 70 now.
  13. steeltowninwv

    steeltowninwv Minister of Fire

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    shorties and uglies ive been burning the last few days...looks like i will have a fire going at least during the night for few days according to the weather man
  14. Backwoods Savage

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    Mostly those cut-offs on the left side is what we are using. For nights we throw in a couple splits.

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  15. BrowningBAR

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    Last night at midnight I fed the 30 three good sized split onto a good bed of coals. At 9:30 this morning the stove was sitting at 250 degrees. I can't ask for more than that.

    I am beginning to think I will only need, gasp, two stoves for the majority of the winter with the way the 30 and the Defiant spread heat. I will know more when the Defiant gets rolling... as soon as those parts arrive.
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  16. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Nice pics pen.

    I have been burning short and hot morning fires this week but tomorrow night the forecast is 32 and clear so may need an evening fire.
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  17. Todd

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    Last few days I've just been filling up the BK with about 9 splits of Oak and burn it low and slow on a 24 hour shedule. This has been keeping my house at a nice even 75 all day and night. As far as beer goes I have a newly tapped IPA homebrew to enjoy.
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  18. rdust

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    Last night at 10pm I filled the stove 1/2-3/4 full with some high BTU Scotch Pine, ;) I'll be able to reload tonight at 10pm with no issue with full size splits. I burned it on 1.5 last night, when I was heading out to work I turned it down to 1. The stove top is sitting at 240 right now with a stove room temp of 73*. Last night was in the lower 30's, today warmed up nicely though we hit 60 at 2:45pm according to weather.com.
  19. NickDL

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    That's a nice with a good temperature you have going. I need to get an insert, our heatilator sucks.
  20. barn burner

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    You guys with your BK's kill me. I would love one day to be able to burn low and slow. For me it's short, hot fires a few times a day. Guess I better stock up on fire starters and lighters<>
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  21. Dairyman

    Dairyman Feeling the Heat

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    Pics from Saturdays burn, outside temp mid 40's starting house temp 66 ended up at 78. 2 medium large silver maple splits on the bottom 1 small walnut round 1 smallish maple split and 1 small ash split on top. Also 1/4 super cedar, small handful of kindling and a paper plate.

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  22. remkel

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    Been starting a small fire when I get home to build a bed of coals, and then loading up the stove with 6 splits to go through the night. Most nights not raging infernos, just good fires. Nights are getting cool enough to support this.
  23. mking7

    mking7 Burning Hunk

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    I turned the air conditioning down to 74 tonight. I'm so ready for a fire.
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    I'm with you mking7, we just haven't gotten cold at all yet. I've normally been burning every day for a month at this time of year but it's just too warm.
  25. Joful

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    I've been trying to do exactly what the BK guys are doing... loading up and burning low. I think I have the non-cat's beat, but I can't get anywhere near as slow as a BK on a big load without dealing with backpuffing problems. Maybe the insulated flue liner will help that (currently scheduled Nov.8-9)... maybe.

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