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Year 2...learning to control myself.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Iembalm4aLiving, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Iembalm4aLiving

    Iembalm4aLiving Feeling the Heat

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    Year one with the 2200 was all about "seein' what she could do." Probably burned more wood than I needed to.

    Year two I've learned that once the stove (and house) was up to a comfy temp, only a few splits (not a stove full) are all that's needed to keep the house warm. Makes me love the insert even more now that I've come to realize that it didn't need to be jammed full of wood on every reload.

    Still lovin' the crap out of this thing. Keeping toasty in the cold not worried about the gas bill is a wonderful thing.

    Carry on.
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  2. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

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    I am on year two also and I have learned my stove. Its almost an art form, burning wood.

    Burning the coals down right now.

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  3. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Glad to hear it i am getting the hang of my stove as well.
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  4. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    The more fire wood you have in the house, the more you burn.

    Just sayin ' ;)

    It's a learning curve, for sure !!
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  5. HotCoals

    HotCoals Minister of Fire

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    I been eying up the oak dinning room table..;)
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  6. wingsfan

    wingsfan Feeling the Heat

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    Never thought bout the table, but btu's are btu's:)
  7. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    Year one under my belt here and I'd have to agree there is a science to burning wood, live and learn, cut and stack, it's still way better than paying for oil! ;)
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  8. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    3 years with freestanding 2200 and very happy as well. And it's still somewhat of an experiment (still learning, probably always will be). For example, just this year I'm getting my best overnight burns with primary air shut right down.
  9. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

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    My recent adventures is loading big chunks on big hot bed of coals that with smaller splits would be hard to control.

    Impressive results with red and white oak and sometimes some hickory.

    I usually can only get 3 of these size splits in the stove.
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  10. HotCoals

    HotCoals Minister of Fire

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    I'm pretty sure Backwoods Savage would be ok with it..way older then 3 years old! lol
  11. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    Personally I am awaiting the day my wife announces she wants new cabinets.....all that oak just waiting for disposal:)
  12. ailanthus

    ailanthus Feeling the Heat

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    Year 2 for me too. Couldn't agree more!
  13. Mackj

    Mackj New Member

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    Year 4 for me and every year learn more. Enjoy experimenting with different mixes of wood, different ways of packing the stove. The rake coals forward put big piece in back on deck method I learned here made a huge difference for my burn times! I do wish I had a bigger box.
  14. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Star date -309990.6215753424 . . . I have been burning wood since -314323.134075845 . . . my chief engineer (aka Nurse Mrs. Firefighterjake) and I are surrounded by Klingons who insist on using high priced heating oil and propane.

    We have learned a lot over the years and this ship . . . I mean stove . . . is a good one that has been as good to me as I have been to her. As long as I keep a good eye on the dilithium . . . I mean wood . . . the stove has done all that I have asked from it whether it was putting along on the thrusters or going to Warp 3.4.

    Now the ship . . . stove . . . is a familiar friend with no surprises and we have got into a routine thanks in no small part to the good habits learned at The Starfleet Academy . . . I mean Hearth.com . . . where the mantra is still preached -- Sometimes the good of the many benefit the good of all and the one.
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  15. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Year 5 and still learnin'.....but this year is probably the best supply I've had so far....not perfect, but pretty darn close....now I gotta relearn with better wood
  16. ColdNH

    ColdNH Minister of Fire

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    year one with my oslo here. burning more wood then i anticipated and have a love hate relationship with this stove. hate that the front door is pretty much useless and spills ash everywhere. hate that the only way to load wood in the stove is E/W for the most part and wood falls against the glass every now and then. LOVE the radiant heat of the cast iron, LOVE the heat output of the stove. and LOVE the look of the stove. I found my previous steel stove wash much easier to load and was easier to get up to temp, could have been the better wood i had at my other house tho.

    all in all I look forward to haveing a better wood supply and learning how to maximise the heat out put of this thing.
  17. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    LOL. Jake is your middle name Tiberius by chance?

    I'm off to "explore strange new worlds, to boldly go where no man has gone before" Actually, just scrambling to find a star date calculator right now...

    OK...
    Drolet smoke dragon commissioned @ -323334.2465753424
    Drolet retired, Osburn EPA launched @ -312334.2465753424

    Live long and prosper...
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  18. dentman4411

    dentman4411 New Member

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    first year for me... lots and lots to learn. Having a hard time getting heat from the foyer where the stove resides to anywhere in the rest of the house. Hopefully some yet to be installed ceiling fans in the foyer will help push air down but then getting it moved horizontally into the main house will be another hurdle.
  19. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    For more even heat in the house put a table or box fan in an adjacent room, placed on the floor, pointing toward the woodstove. Run it on low speed. It will blow the cooler air down low, toward the woodstove. The denser cool air will be replaced with lighter warm air from the foyer. Running this way you should notice at least a 5F increase in the room temp after about 30 minutes running.
  20. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    have you tried running the fan in the opposite direction so it will draw the warmer out out of the area into other rooms?
  21. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Yes, but that is less effective. Try it with a digital thermometer. It sounds counterintuitive, but you'll be surprised at how well this works. It cools down the stove room and pulls the warm air out of the room into the fan room to replace the cool air. The convective flow evens out the temps nicely. This method has been particularly effective in heating far ends of ranch homes for several members here.
  22. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Don't laugh! In my younger years, I'm not proud to annouce we rented a ski house once, and when we ran out of firewood to heat the house, we may have burned a good portion of the furniture the rest of the weekend. ::-)

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