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T5 performance update

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by raybonz, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    Yup broke 2 here too.. I replaced the back 3 bricks with the hard ceramic bricks that I bought at TSC for $3.00 each.. Stove runs same as before and those bricks are MUCH harder and heavier than the pumice bricks..

    Ray

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  2. jetmech

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    Ok, so after reading posts on this thread i started loading largest splits i have on bottom and filling box with less air gaps and you guys were right... longer slower burns and had more and larger coal bed after 10 hours... i still am not loading above fire brick height but much tighter packed from left to right. thanks for the technique tips. im burning oak and cherry all at 20 percent or lower moisture... always willing to learn.
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  3. raybonz

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    Don't be afraid to fill this stove JM.. The key is to rake the coals forward, fill the firebox, give max air then bring it down in stages until air is at minimum while maintaining top down burn via secondaries.. This will provide good heat and long burn times and top efficiency..

    Ray
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    Yupp, i have been raking forward but not loading as large and as tight... the only thing that has limited me has been pipe temps but they seem to be ok loading this way, slower start up and longer burn. gonna get cold here this week for us... lows around 10 or 11
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  5. raybonz

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    Going to be down to near zero here so they say.. My pipe temps will sometimes run up to high normal or even a little higher but they settle down.. The T5 will keep us warm pretty easy :)

    Ray
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    Got home after almost 11hrs today and it was still kicking out good heat >>

    What do you guys do after work when you need a good fire but want to reload before bed? I put in 5 smalls and got it running well with the damper open a third of the way. Will add wood if needed but would like a smallish load of coals say at 10pm..

    loon
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  7. begreen

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    I do something similar. Try to put a smaller load in that will burn down enough to refill later. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I have to stay up a bit later due to miscalculation. In that case I have the coals raked to front and the air 50% open.
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  8. raybonz

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    I do small fires until 6-7PM then rake the coals forward and we're off to the races until 4AM.. Loon I think you're getting a good grip on running the T5 now.. It's all about coal control ;)

    Ray
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  9. loon

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    Thanks guys..

    Might have a problem with the baffle? At the middle back of the picture you can see what looks like it 'sagging', the sides are nice and flush but the back looks funny and i have a thin line of secondary coming out of it.


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    Woke up to warm house and good coal bed to reload this am, outside temp was 12 degrees, inside 69... thanks to Ray, Begreen and Loon for the loading tips, larger pieces and less gaps equals longer slower burn at least for the t5...
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    Loon,

    Looks like most of the baffle pics. Mine is similar and it still works, OEM gasket or replaced?
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  12. loon

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    Ok Good Madison ;) Have had the baffle out twice and it didnt look different, I havent touched the gasket.

    Thanks...
  13. loon

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    Things have been going great here with the T5 gang and the fan trick in the hallway is doing the job Backwoods Savage ;) Thanks eh Dennis!

    Here is whats going on right now. Nice lazy Locust/Ash burn for the last hour and the top is reading quite high for such a low burn?

    Pipe is reading 425f and i took the ir gun back to work so i gotta go by the gauges.

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    I remember the fella at the store telling me not to worry about high Top readings on this stove as they were made for it?

    Terry
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    I wouldn't push it higher than that. If you've had the baffle out a couple times the odds are the gasket is wasted. I'd replace it.
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    Will stop into the store today BG and pick a couple up to have on hand.

    I guess i shouldnt of said everything is Great as i am still fiddling with run times? Filled it up at 9 lastnight and was up at 2.30 adding more wood? Minus 22c but was hoping for longer burns without worrying..
    Still 'testing' and trying to get away from putting in the big rounds as they dont seem to hold the secondary going.

    Thanks eh >>

    loon
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    Update on mine as of last night.. loaded full with large oak halves at 6:00 last nite, at 3:30 this morning top temp of 220 and huge coal bed to reload on, outside temps were 9 deg f room stove is in was 67... reloaded and took right off,
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    Sounds great jetmech >>



    Got home an hour early today BG and the house was fine with some nice coals in the box. Didnt stop in to get the gaskets but brought the gun home from work and this is what its reading about 20min ago? 'after reload'

    The thermometer is reading almost 100f higher than it and the pipe reading 400f is dead on.

    Switched them and got the same thing?

    I stopped into Home Depot last week to buy one but they dont carry them? Will check out a couple more spots but the one from work will stay here at the house till i find my own ==c

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    I use this on the stove top.. It is designed for this and not for pipe.. Condars are probably the best of the worst lol..

    http://www.amazon.com/Inferno-3-30-...ie=UTF8&qid=1359150654&sr=1-2&keywords=condar

    Ray
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    It was a nice slow burn Ray? That gauge is sitting on the floor right now :p ;)

    Just got in the house from helping my Buddy's grandson finish up a beauty splitter for the front of his excavator and nice and warm in here for sure :cool: Will take a couple pics tomorrow of the finished product :)

    Terry
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    Always good to keep an IR temp gun handy as the bimetal thermometers aren't very accurate.. Are you saying you turned and excavator into a log splitter? Interesting!

    Ray
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    Had to go back and get ya a quick pic ray ;)

    A little paint and its brand new :)


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    Looks pretty light duty, sure it will handle the rounds? :p

    Must be nice splitting wood while sitting inside a heated cab.
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    Hey that's pretty awesome Loon! Keep us posted how it works..

    Ray
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    And take some videos of it in action if you can!
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    The rounds on the right wont be touched till next year as i finally got it in my little brain that they are not dry enough to burn in the T5 <> got up at 3.30 and threw a couple in and got the secondary going and just got up awhile ago and they are just big red rounds with no flame..They sure looked dry enough BG but i know they are not. ;)

    The woodsplitter attachment was in the works for awhile now and he was just finishing it up yesterday.

    He built it for a quarter of the store prices and the thing works great >> He got pretty much everything off the net and had a machinist do a couple things for him.

    Here is one in action he told me about.



    Will get some pics when he gets it outside >>
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