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Why I buck it 14.75!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by thewoodlands, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    For those who think I'm crazy bucking our wood 14.75 inches it gives us room from the glass plus it sits on top of the air intake. The pictures are from last night for the overnight burn with the dead standing maple I cut a while back.

    Shut it down about 600 degrees and it went up to 675 and held, in the a.m. the upstairs was 73 and downstairs was still reading 75. Had it 81 downstairs before I called it a night, the wife did a great job burning yesterday.

    Picture 1798 is the stove top temp (just under 400) when I did the reload.

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  2. Occo370

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    I never thought of loading that way. I like it. I might start cutting smaller
  3. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Occo370, the idea for cutting it shorter was from another Lopi Liberty owner here. I don't remember who but they talked about how under 15 would work even better so I tried it and liked it.



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  4. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    I'm with you Zap. I just cut all my stuff that was too long to fit NS. So much easier to load and burns great.
  5. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    What does the Blaze King take for length north/south?


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  6. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    18 leaves a couple inches to the glass. If it isn't over 20, I wouldn't cut it down. I haven't bothered with anything that fit in the 24" splitter but I think I've decided the longer stuff isn't worth the hassle.
  7. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    Holy crap Zap,

    600 °F ??? I get nervous when my stove gets close to 500! Is there something I'm missing or am I just a nervous Nelly? Is that a normal running temp?
  8. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    High burn for the Lopi Liberty is between 600-800, over 800 is considered a overfire.



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  9. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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    My wood sizes are all over the place. I like short ones that I can fit north/south because they don't roll toward the glass. I load my bottom ones east west and the top with n/s.
  10. Danno77

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    i love to load my stove N/S, but the splits would be too small to stack and would wear out my chainsaws. SO much easier to load that way, no reaching into the back of the stove.
  11. thewoodlands

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    Danno77, what is the size it would take north/south? The sugar maple we have was cut before we decided on purchasing the wood stove so I still take off about 3 inches so we can load north/south.



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  12. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Just try and keep an Isle Royale under 500. I dare ya :)
  13. wood-fan-atic

    wood-fan-atic New Member

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    I have learned by experience ( and by being stubborn ) that the extra work to cut my fuel at N/S length (14" works for me) is WELL WORTH it. Fits much better, burns well, lasts longer, no down side. NICE JOB! :cheese:
  14. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    12" works, but i like a little space, so something like 10.5-11 works better. I was cutting some long splits last year that were about 20 inches in half and that was awesome for burning like that.
  15. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    If I have time this weekend I'm taking some 18 inch sugar maple down to just under 15 for the overnight burns.


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  16. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Solar if you load n/s what type of burn times can you expect with some good hardwood?



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  17. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    Zap you are Bucking crazy! I would never cut my wood shorter than 14.95". :ahhh:

    ;-) Seriously, my stove box is square, so the splits fit the same both ways and will fit 18" splits, but I usually try to cut them 16" to leave room for the same reasons, Also if I try to cut closer to 18" I inevitably screw up once in a while and end up with pieces that are too big and don't fit. If I aim for 16" they always fit.
  18. SolarAndWood

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    With something in the Sugar Maple class, I get 36 hours at low burn and 12 if I am running it wide open. I don't use the good stuff this time of year and get 24 hours with the lesser stuff or chunks and uglies.
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    Anyone know what high burn / overfire temps are for a Quad 3100i ??
  20. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    On the steel stoves, Quad likes to stay south of 700 according to an email (that I didn't save) that I received from them.

    Edit: I reviewed my emails (sent folder). This is what they had to say:

    "this unit should operate at temperatures between 300 and 600 degrees. These are approximate numbers so the unit might get hotter on occasion. "
  21. Wood Duck

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    I have been using the bar on my "16 inch" chainsaw as a way to approximately eyeball 16 inches length for my firewood. I recently measured and the darn thing is really more like 14.75 inches from the front of the heat shield(?) on the saw to the tip of the bar. I guess I have been cutting to 14.75 inches without realizing it. That is 14.75 plus or minus 3 or 4 inches. Maybe I need to try loading N/S.
  22. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    Zap - we cannot see the file name picture numbers that you refer too...just an FYI.

    I will load some N/S on teh bottom row but E/W on the top.
  23. Danno77

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    if you hover your mouse over the picture it shows the file name. it's the last picture, btw.
  24. WoodPorn

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    Thanks Jags<
    I generally stay around 350-450 good to know I've got some reserves!
  25. CountryBoy19

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    I have a unique cutting strategy.

    I cut all my wood at 21 or so (box is 22.375 long). Anything that is just a few inches over that gets cut in half for anything in the range of 12-14.5 inches (firebox is 13.5-15 inches deep depending on if its on the floor of the firebox or not). Anything longer than that, but too short to get 2 full 21 inch pieces gets cut into one short and one long.

    <12" = chunk


    12-15" = NS piece
    15-21" = EW piece
    21-30" = 2 NS pieces
    30-36" = 1 NS piece and 1 EW piece
    36-42" = 2 EW pieces

    I buck everything at 21" until I get to the end and I'm left with a piece that fits in one of the brackets above. Using this bracket reduces the pieces that fall into the category of <12" (chunks category).

    So most of my wood endd up being east-west wood. I do this because I waste less fuel, oil, time, maintenance, and wood by making fewer cuts. The stacks are also much more stable this way. But I still have some north-south wood to do good, overnight fires etc.

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