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Thinking Wood Gun...any advice or experience?

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by avc8130, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Gasifier

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    Wow Mike. Those peeps got some money going into that place. You get to have all the fun. No fair. ;lol Nice looking work. Is that rubber roofing on the whole thing? Or just on the lower roofs? What will finished roof be?

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  2. avc8130

    avc8130 Minister of Fire

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    I hope they have their propane tanks in for storage already...

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    ;lol For some reason I am thinking these folks won't be burning wood.
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    Burn wood?! Ha! They just burn money.

    He actually is the client who is giving me all of his wood from clearing his property! Plus the storm damage!
    I'm up to about 4 cord. And there still more.
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    The upper flat roofs have EPDM rubber on them. All the sloping roofs have ice and water shield right now but will be getting asphalt shingles. Plus all the barrel roofs will get standing seam copper.
  6. Woodsrover

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    CTFIRE, welcome to the forum. Where in CT are you?

    Mike, nice place you're building. Is that basement in the front for firewood in the basement? How big of a Woodgun did you talk the owners into? What's with all the flat roofs? They make me cringe just waiting for the leaks!
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    Thanks woodsrover. That would be a good space for wood storage. I think that house would need a E500 or E1000
    The flat roof style makes me cringe not for leaks but for looks.

    Hey how are you doing with the new WG?
  8. Woodsrover

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    A good friend of mine is a roofer and we have a lot of high-end homes around here and many designed by architects that like flat roofs. He hates flat roofs but gets stuck doing them from time to time. Frank Lloyd Wright's "House V" is in my town. The purests had a fit when new owners got tired of a wet floor and put a 2-degree pitch to the roof. Nice house but if it can't keep the rain out.....

    The boiler is doing great. I don't even think about it much any more...Load it twice a day, clean the ash pan twice a week and that's about it. Waiting for some cold weather so I can really start burning some wood!

    Speaking of wood, I have a buddy that's a tree surgeon and he called me Friday and told me to stop up. He dropped a pretty nice black walnut and couldn't see blocking it up for wood. I grabbe the two biggest pieces and slabbed them up yesterday into 6/4" and 8/4" planks. Went back this morning for some smaller pieces and cut them up into 5" square beams. Seems momma wants a new dinning room table! Here are pictures of what came out of the two bigger pieces.

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    Wow, gunstocks!
  10. Woodsrover

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    Ha! I was thinking the same thing. Trouble is, all my guns have pretty nice wood on them already!
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    That is some B E A UTIFUL wood. Mommas gonna be happy with a new table.
    How long before you can start working with it?
    My friend built a table out of ?Bobinka? What an unbelievable wood. He just kept sanding and sanding and sanding and it then only needed some oil and it shined like glass.
  12. Woodsrover

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    It'll probably be close to a year before I cut and plane it. Maybe a little sooner. In the spring I'll move it out under the shed roof where the air will get to it a little better. If I only had the Coalgun burning out in the barn this year I could dry it sooner!

    Bobinga wood. Nice stuff. I'm no carpenter by any stretch of the imagination but I've seen that stuff and its nice.
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    Back on topic, I'm with AC. We have equipment at work that runs on controls like that and I have to say they are very reliable, but I still like the idea of simple old controls that can be repair in the field. I'm sure you won't have any trouble with it but I'm just old-school like that.
  14. The first gen of a pcb is not something I would want. I just had to replace the main control board on my ge fridge. Unknowingly in 2003 I bought one of the first digital models. Mechanincal timers and relays may take up more space but are easy to diagnose and replace.
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    I am in Trumbull. Where are you?
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    Well it was a good guess. There are a few Lawng Gyland Ginnies in both those professions. The rest are contractors :) Nice pics of the house BTW>
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    So I think I have it dialed in. I was working outside today and some a a little smoke from the stack. Less than my traditional fire place, but still visible smoke. It went away after a minute or two, so I went to the basement. The wood gun was on and I peaked in the back air port and there was a good fire inside.. Went back out and confirmed no smoke. Was very excited. The boiler seems to be maintaining the 180 nicely. I check it every few hours and purge the gas so I can open the door. I am curious if I need a timer. Should I worry about it going out? I would a new thread but this appears to be the Wood Gun hang out thread.
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    Feel free to use the thread. This has definitely turned into a WG owners party!

    I went with the timer. It was an easy install and works. I'd rather have the timer running than risk losing a fire and taking a cold shower. It really depends just how much demand your house has.

    I'd be surprised if WG couldn't have put a timer function in that PCB. When you ordered, did you specify the PCB controls?

    ac
  19. CTFIRE

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    AC. What you are saying sounds familiar, but I don't see anything in the manual. Just sent Darren an email and will let you know. ,
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    Cornwall. Up in the north-west corner. Gotta be in a place I can pee in the front yard and cut wood and shoot in the back.
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    I gotta move somewhere like that! But, I still pee on the side yard between wood racks==c Now to be able to shoot, that would be great! The range is one thing, but to be on my own property would be sweet.
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    I went last season without the timer and even though I just bought it last week I still haven't installed it yet.
    Without it I would occasionally lose a fire. But that was only in the mild months.
    It was a little annoying but not to bad. Except that the damn oil pig was running;sick
    I don't know why I would lose the fire since I paid extra for the option of the FIRE STARTING GREMLINS!;)
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    Hey Mike from Maine, according to your signature, what exactly are the laws of physics that my boiler will follow that I don't understand?
    Is this one of the laws of physics?
    Autoignition temperature

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    The autoignition temperature or kindling point of a substance is the lowest temperature at which it will spontaneously ignite in a normal atmosphere without an external source of ignition, such as a flame or spark. This temperature is required to supply the activation energy needed for combustion. The temperature at which a chemical will ignite decreases as the pressure increases or oxygen concentration increases. It is usually applied to a combustible fuel mixture.
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    Why not just switch the oil beast off? I still don't even have mine installed!

    I think I lost 2 fires...lazy gremlins.

    Install your timer. It literally takes 10 minutes, not nearly as difficult as hooking up some form of DHW. :p

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    Before anyone asks:

    Charcoal has an autoignition temperature of 660F. So the REAL question is: "what temp is the refractory?"

    ac

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