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Posted By AppalachianStan,
Feb 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM
I would like to get the SS cats but I don't think they make them for my stove. Cats coming soon
Awesome that you are getting the cat!
No steel cat available for the Buck 91...
Moisture meter: I was tempted . . . but I am fortunate to put up my wood three years in advance so it is pretty well seasoned by the time I get around to burning it. Other folks who are buying wood may find it much more useful.
IR thermometer: I bought one . . . but I tend to use my magnetic stove top thermo and the probe style thermo on my double wall pipe most often . . . the IR thermo is dug out when I have a question about whether the temps I am seeing are true . . . or when I am curious as to what other areas of the stove, hearth, wall, etc. are at in terms of temp.
Thermometer: As mentioned I use these most often . . . and while not totally necessary . . . like the fuel gauge and speedometer in a car they can be quite helpful in letting you know where you are at for temps and where you are going vs. just blindly guessing or trying to rely on how hot the fire feels or hot hot it looks to your eye . . . much in the same way that you may have a rough idea of how fast you are going or how much fuel you have in your car, but until you have accurate (or even semi-accurate) gauges to let you know it's just that . . . a rough guess based on experience.
Some other tools I find useful . . .
Rake, shovel, poker, etc: Different folks tend to use different tools and have preferences. Some folks love tongs, some hate 'em. Some have ash rakes, others have never used them. Some folks are big into pokers, others have pokers gathering dust. I most often use my shovel . . .
Ash can: Very useful in safely disposing of your ash outside the home so it doesn't burn down your home, set the neighbor's lawn on fire, etc.
Gloves: Perhaps this right here is my #1 tool (although I guess you could argue it is more like personal protective equipment).
Welcome Back, Jake--hope you had a nice cruise.
Thanks you all, Will I went a bought 2 Condar Magnetic Thermometer 3/1/2013 and got them on 3/4/2013. one for the stove pipe and stove top. May be later I will get a IR gun.
The explanation for the drop is a no brainier. Take any wetter piece of wood and put it by the fire overnight...see how much it dries out.
Condar Magnetic Thermometer say it need to be 12" from the top of my wood stove. Now is that the top of the stove or the top of convection deck?