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Super Cedar Free Samples/Discount Code

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by NWfuel, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. NWfuel

    NWfuel Minister of Fire

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    BCC,

    I am looking forward to solving this problem. How easy is it to break one in half with your fingers/hands?
    Thomas

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  2. BCC_Burner

    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    Thanks Thomas. It requires some force to break one in half, about what you would expect from the way they look and feel. I'm not particularly strong and they break apart with a nice snap after they get loaded with a little force.

    I'll report back tonight after burning a piece or two outside to see how they burn on their own.
  3. NWfuel

    NWfuel Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like enough paraffin for sure. I cannot believe a bad draft would keep these from burning though. They have a rough edge on the top side which will help the light off quicker. I would love to see a video if you can supply one.
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    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    I don't think it is draft either, because newspaper, and fatwood burn just fine from a cold start.
  5. NWfuel

    NWfuel Minister of Fire

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    Whoa,
    7800 feet elev. with a bad draft could cause issues.
    Thomas
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    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    This a copy and paste from my draft related thread, but the general topography around my place is not conducive to strong drafts.

    No dryer installed yet, no exhaust fans running either. I think some of it has to do with temperature and pressure gradients where I live. My house is very well sheltered by tall pine trees, so unless the wind is blowing I get little air movement across the top of my stack.

    I am in a canyon bottom that is about 1/2-3/4 of a mile wide, with peaks on all sides that reach up to 10,000-11,500 feet. Especially on clear, calm evenings, like last night, where there is substantial snow cover up high I imagine we must get strong down drafts coming off the peaks and settling the cold into the bottom. Had an outdoor temp drop of about 12-14 degrees in one hour last night around nightfall.
  7. NWfuel

    NWfuel Minister of Fire

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    Do any members use Super Cedars at 7,800 elev? I feel foolish not knowing the performance at this altitude. I have been told in the past that they worked well at top of Mt Washington though. Someone once left them up there for a year and went back and reported they worked well.
  8. NWfuel

    NWfuel Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like heaven to me. Try this procedure, remove wrapper and hold puck in hand while INSIDE the firebox on edge. Light rough edge and watch the flame spread upward while turning puck to get 50% of edge burning before setting down on burn surface. This will give it a kick start hopefully.
  9. BCC_Burner

    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    It's an absolutely gorgeous spot, but if I could make it perfect I would bolt 8 feet of Class A onto my existing chimney. However, that will have to wait until I can buy a place instead of just renting. I am almost positive we have members on here who use Super Cedars and live at 8000+ feet in Colorado. Many mountain towns there are between 8500' and 9500'.
  10. bag of hammers

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    It does take a few seconds for the supercedar to light off (in my limited experience with them) - using a butane bbq lighter and a 1/4 puck. Before ever trying one, I sort of assumed they would ignite immediately as soon as the lighter flame touched it. Not so, it takes a few seconds, but once they start, they burn strong and hot for several minutes. Enough to get a mostly h/w fire rolling without cracking the door or messing around with it.

    Maybe a bad batch got to you?

    BTW - sounds like a little piece of heaven where you live.....
  11. BCC_Burner

    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    I definitely held the lighter to it for 10 or so seconds, ensuring it was fully lit. I will try holding (while wearing a fireplace glove) and lighting a piece inside the stove before placing it down. I'm definitely not trying to slag this product, I just want mine to burn like other people's. All the advice is greatly appreciated, obviously my ultimate goal is to burn as cleanly and efficiently as possible given the constraints of my setup, and obviously faster, cleaner starting is a substantial part of that.
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  12. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    odd, mine light as soon as the match/lighter hit it. this is the first firestarter i've used where i didnt have to hold a lighter to it
  13. begreen

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    This almost sounds like oxygen starvation.
  14. NWfuel

    NWfuel Minister of Fire

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    Please keep the puck INSIDE the stove when lighting
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    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    Of course, revised my earlier post to reflect a safer/more responsible practice.
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    Fog has descended on us and my wife was feeling chilly (in spite of it being 70F in the house) so I started a fire. No biggie, I wanted to test out the new door gasket anyway.

    Oh, oh, no kindling! :( No problem. :) I loaded a couple 4" splits N/S, put 1/4 SuperCedar in between with a lonely 3" chunk of 2x4 that was all that was left in the kindling bin plus some bark shavings. Then I put another couple of splits a couple inches apart on top facing E/W. Lit the SC and away she went. First fire of the season. This pic is 5 minutes after ignition. Who needs kindling when you have dry wood and SuperCedars?

    IMG_1691web.jpg

    Now I better bring in a box of kindling. Let the season begin.
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  17. NWfuel

    NWfuel Minister of Fire

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    BCC,
    Received feed back from a source today that he uses Super Cedar often in the 6,500-7,800 elevation with no issues. I would expect the Super Cedar to perform well into the 10,000 ft range. Hopefully BCC will report back soon.

    Thomas
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    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    Burning one in my fire pit revealed that the Super Cedar was burning as they should. Maybe with slightly less ferocity than at sea level, but still a good long, hot burn that got a campfire started easily.

    I mentioned it in my smoke spillage thread, but I climbed up on the roof this weekend and it appears that my landlord had the chimney cap wrapped in windowscreen fine mesh that was largely clogged and suffocating the fire. This super fine mesh was not visible under a wrap of slightly larger (1/8'' mesh) that he had put on top of it. Removing this preposterously fine mesh allowed me to get a nice burn out of the stove and my Super Cedar. Another satisfied customer.
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    Glad to hear the problem is solved
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    I'm surprised he didn't cover that 1/8" with a 3rd layer of sheet metal. Sheesh.

    Curious - why did the fatwood perform better under these conditions? Anyway glad you got that chimney cap situation resolved.
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    Good to hear the cause was found. I was scratching my head thinking... "How could this be?"
  22. NWfuel

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    The fatwood pitch burns like plastic in my opinion. It does not require a lot of oxygen once ignited.
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    Bought a box of them last year and could not be more satisfied. Put in your small kindling (splits) with a chuck of Super Cedar, strike a match and your done. Fantastic product. I gave too many of them out as stocking stuffers. Going to have to order more.
    Take care,
    Tim
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  24. 2stoveshome

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    Got my free sample pack last week. Super Cedar worked really well. I used the whole super cedar first and first started without any smoke. I tried half cedar the next time, it worked really well as well. I ordered 100 pack right away after that. :-D Another satisfied customer.
    I do have one question about super cedar. Did any of you use it to start the fire with wood pellets in the pellet basket? I used to use the gel when starting fire in a pellet basket. It requires lots of gel to start the fire. Now seeing the power of super cedar...I am wondering if top down approach will work with wood pellet in the pellet basket. The firewood I ordered this year seems to be not as seasoned as I was told. I may need to use wood pellet to get a quick fire every evening.
    thanks,
    Donald
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    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    Had a great fire started last night with 1/3 of a Super Cedar, a handful of bark and some medium pine splits. Took off so well that after about 10 minutes I shut the damper down to about 2/3rd's open and took a stroll around the block with a beer. Came home to a warm house and a beautiful fire about 30 minutes later.

    The reason the fatwood seemed to perform better too is that by the time I started using Super Cedars the screen was already quite clogged. It got worse with each passing fire.

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