HEAT CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IDEAL WOOD HEATER
* HIGH COMBUSTION EFFICIENCY of wood allowing high firebox temps (1100* - 1500*F),
ample oxygen (stoichiometric + 1.5 - 2% additional), in a turbulent environment
* MODERATE HEAT TRANSFER EFFICIENCY to store heat and release it slowly to the...
I like this.
I may add: Any suggestion that "burning low" = "burning clean" should be condemned and pointed out clearly as not true.
Especially on this site where, hopefully, the thrust is to educate, inform and learn.
The determinant of a "proper" burn is not in the numbers
on a guage or in what colored flame you observe in the firebox.
It is what is actually coming out of your chimney and what is
PS: "Proper" meaning what is good for the majority to do
having least impact...
Without a cat, the only way to burn a wood fire cleanly is to burn it hot.
Are you saying "burning low" is the same?
And, my questions above are unanswered,
which means you may not want to answer...
Does your flue temp in the correct range mean
you are getting a good secondary burn, eliminating
smoke, VOCs, soot, CO, etc?
Does it mean only some lighter fly ash could be found
in your chimney after such a burn?
If your answer is "Yes", then my reply is "Oh".
And, burning low for you may...
Burning in low mode (w/o a cat) is very undesirable.
* Wood is wasted
* Heat is wasted
* Particulate matter to the environment is increased
* CO to the environment, maybe the home, is increased
* Chimney fails to heat forming more creosote deposits
* Chimney fire risk increases
VERY DANGEROUS to place containers not designed
for hot stoves on hot stoves. Especially ceramic or
Years back on a Timberline insert, I placed a small
handmade ceramic pot filled with water intended to
act as a room humidifier as the water boiled off.
And it did, for a short time...
Don't rely on the magnet.
Anything glowing red on the
stove exterior is too hot.
That aside: Read and follow your
stove Mfg recommendations.
PS: You want numbers,
This is basic wood pyrolysis and...
Play with fire, you'll get burned.
Play with CO, you'll wind up dead.
And, unfortunately, I've seen both.
Grandpa used to say,
"Taking 'a little poison' wins
the Darwinian Award every time."
In a nutshell, the temperatures required
for wood combustion (a chemical
reaction with oxygen giving off heat)
goes about like this:
300 - 350*F
Hydrogen (one of the volatile gasses in wood)
ignites first forming water vapor. Water in wood
evaporates. The flame itself is about 800*F...
Admittedly, I am unfamiliar with a BK
as I also am with Bigfoot and other
Hearing embellished stories of "how
wonderful" this metal wood smoker is
makes me wonder why more haven't
been sold and why isn't the word out
on this marvelous stove.
Could it be that the claims...
You mean like the 2 mpg car
that clouds the windshield and
fills the inside of itself with smoke
but has a crystal exhaust?
Without a 'cat', how does a Blaze King
have a clean chimney if the firebox is
like Franks and also is the hottest place
in the stove?
This Blaze King should be renamed...
I'd say the premise is:
Overnight burns are a risk/reward venture.
Those who attempt it unwisely
risk their home and lives vs
facing the wee morning hours
without the need for their slippers.
From the looks of your glass door
and the residue on your firebox fire bricks,
I'm not sure any chest thumping on your part
is a good recommendation for that wood burning
stove or your technique.
Simply put, it's not getting hot enough.
PS: No comment about anyone's wife.
Oh, I have more too -
stuffed away in dry secret places.
Around here, if you don't have wood ready
to go - I mean dry hardwood, no soggy wet
drippy unseasoned softwood - on Friday's after
the work day is over, you don't get a dance or
a good seat at the bar let alone a chance to
I learned this from Grandpa,
an old Navy man.
Fire is like the sea.
It just waits for the innocent.
But it actually stalks the
unprepared, the careless
and the arrogant.
Grandma used to say
"Fire, like the sea, is a lousy teacher.
First you get the test.
And then you learn the lesson."
Love that MOC!
If I had to flip all those switches
to get heat, I'd freeze only after
Power outages explain my
KISS heating redundancy living
here in the boonies. And, I'd
have it no other way.
A man after my own heart - heating redundancy!
Do you live rural or will they let all that stuff burn in a NH city?
And, 2 CLEAN burning pellet stoves. Nothin' burns cleaner
than a pellet stove, according to web propaganda.
But TWO pellet stoves with 3 tons of pellets for the...