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    Flue Vent Wizardry

    The ad said that it works great, but the wife does not like the way the stovepipe arrangement looks, so he is looking for a stove with a rear vent. That will probably work out for both aesthetics and operation: It will look nicer, and the replacement stove will breathe properly. That's a win-win!
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    By-passing catalytic

    Here is my Blaze King, obviously with the bypass closed, and with the dial set on medium. Fuel in this photo was very well seasoned Bitternut Hickory. I've had absolutely no maintenance issues with it. The cat is ceramic, not stainless, and has lasted 10 years since new. Mine is the King...
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    Flue Vent Wizardry

    I thought you guys & gals might like this. It's a stove for sale ad I ran across recently - I wonder how the draft is on this setup when starting a fire...?
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    Yowza!! -9 for our high today!

    This morning. The NWS says the coldest air will arrive on Sunday. This is on the heels of feet of snowfall. I'm wondering why I live here....
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    Large Stove Comparison

    I don't know how many BTUS are produced. A tube stove, or an older pre-EPA stove will produce more heat at any given time, I think because those stoves are actively burning and as a result, the entire mass of the stove is warmer. A cat stove's heat is concentrated in the cat area only, and the...
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    Large Stove Comparison

    Well, quite a bit of chatter on this thread. Here is an update a full day later: At 24 hrs after the loading, stove top temp was 400F. That's some pretty good usable heat, not just a few leftover coals available for a restart. I raked the coals up in a pile at the front of the firebox and...
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    Large Stove Comparison

    I just stuffed my BK King with 108 lbs (and 5 oz!) of Ironwood (Eastern Hophornbeam). Should be good until early Sunday morning. And it's supposed to be below zero tonight. Yay Blaze King!
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    Ironwood!

    Yes, it's hop hornbeam. Superior to almost everything in regards to firewood. it's keeping company with oak, blue beech, and bitternut hickory in the woodshed. The oak has been cut/split/stacked for 4 years, the hickory for 3, and the beech and Ironwood has been sitting for 2 years. I think I...
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    Ironwood!

    See attached photos. These were taken 4 hours after I stuffed the BK King full of seasoned Ironwood; my very favorite wood - splits easy, dries fairly quickly, and contains lots of heat potential. And this is with no flame! That cat is hot!
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    New Blaze King products?

    I would be very tempted to replace my King if there were ever an Ashford 40... just sayin'....
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    Coldest day of the winter

    I took this photo Sunday morning at camp; not sure how accurate it is, but someone told me their car reading was -40, so it might be right. This is from Lewis County, NY, on Tug Hill. It's -33F right now, 9AM. Warming up nicely! Do you love it?
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    2015-2016 Blaze King Performance thread (Everything BK)

    OK, not really a reply on the latest topic... But, here is a pic of conditions 26 hrs after last reload. Keep in mind that this image is with the coals raked forward and the air full open, and that stove top temps for most of the day were around 350 until I wrangled the coals Outside temp all...
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    I'm sold on having a wood hauler

    I, too, utilize a tractor for wood duties: An old Massey Ferguson 65 -- runs flawlessly. Those old tractors have a certain charm that's hard to describe, and they last and last and last. Why can't/don't they build automobiles that well?
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    Black Cherry

    Are we still talking about firewood?... I have a lot of black cherry on my property -- I only cut ones that are dead or wind damaged. I usually keep it for the cabin, or sometimes sell a couple of cords. I have no issue burning it, and as others have said, it isn't the highest BTU or longest...
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    Wood ID Help

    I got access to some already felled trees for a construction job, and here are some photos of a tree I can't quite identify. Ideas? Thanks.
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    I Hate to See it Go

    I have a little while longer to see it go... Here is my back yard yesterday morning -- not a drift, this is what's remaining on the level. And it was also .8 ::F (that's point eight) according to the digital thermometer! We'll just round up and call it 1 above zero! I guess I will go...
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    Getting Tired Of Fighting The Fight This Winter ...

    I guess I can't go Steelhead fishing for a few days yet... it would be difficult at best. will just continue snowmobiling for now. :cool: P.S. It's +1::F outside right now, which is real bad for Maple Weekend. And Steelhead fishing.
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    Tug Hill Winter Winding Down

    Yes, that's the same place. I've seen that footage; very interesting. I measured the snow in the back yard today:
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    Tug Hill Winter Winding Down

    Still some snow hanging around these parts:
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    Getting Tired Of Fighting The Fight This Winter ...

    This has been a long thread, thought I would add my piece: -2 here this morning. 3 yesterday morning. 7 on Sunday morning. 0 last Thursday. Farenheit. You get the drift. And nobody's making syrup yet. There is still snowmobiling, though... lots of it. Clubs are still grooming trails. 41...
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    Tug Hill Winter Winding Down

    johnpma, I see the buckets in your avatar, it might be awhile for our sugar season. I know a couple of guys that started tapping this past weekend, they said the snow was still very deep in the woods; they were sinking in a foot with snowshoes. The snow in the woods is up past my waist with...
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    Tug Hill Winter Winding Down

    I thought this story was interesting. I know the weather guy referenced in this article; I don't live too far from him. http://www.syracuse.com/weather/index.ssf/2015/03/snowiest_place_in_america_tug_hill_lake_ontario_upstate_new_york.html#incart_river And here are some shots from the same...
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    It's official

    Make that 36 days; it was -9::F this morning.
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    It's official

    I think most of the northeast had the coldest February on record; Watertown NY had the coldest MONTH ever on record, not just February. It's all relative, dependent upon where you call home. For my locale (Watertown), the average temp was 6.1::F (record); 20 of the 28 days had a low...
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    Getting Tired Of Fighting The Fight This Winter ...

    -6::F last night, -10::F tonight, 0::F tomorrow and Saturday nights. And the beat goes on... I'm used to it, actually. Snowmobiling tomorrow, "Old Dog" (vintage sled) show and ride on Saturday, Old Dog races on Sunday. I was invited to snowshoe hike a mountain in the Adirondacks on Sunday...
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    This was a first

    The "Snirt Run" is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the local snowmobile club. It's an ATV poker run in April -- most recent years have been almost all snow. Grand prize each year is a Can-Am ATV!
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    This was a first

    When this month ends, we will have had 20 days in Feb with a below 0::F reading, there have already been 16 days below zero as of yesterday, with four more days forecast through Sunday to be below zero for a low temperature. The municipal water lines are freezing/breaking in random spots in...
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    15 below with wind chill.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=babe+ruth+brisk+youtube&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=B6528CDE8D170CA58F5EB6528CDE8D170CA58F5E
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    It Was (is) How Cold??

    It's only -18::F here this morning, that's 17::F warmer than yesterday at this time! Better than the -29::F reported in Lake Placid this morning! The weather forecast says below 0::F for 6 of the next 7 nights.
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    It Was (is) How Cold??

    After a low of -30::F last Friday morning, we experienced negative single digits with snow and wind, which gave way to clearing skies and calm winds Sunday night. This led to this beautiful meteorological culmination this morning. Although the King goes for 24 hrs, I ran the fan all night and...