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  1. Martin Strand III

    If you were given a free stove of your choice...

    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...
  2. Martin Strand III

    Burning in Low Mode W/O a Cat

    I like this. Aye, Marty 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.
  3. Martin Strand III

    Burning in Low Mode W/O a Cat

    Guyz: 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 left inside. Aye, Marty PS: "Proper" meaning what is good for the majority to do having least impact...
  4. Martin Strand III

    Burning in Low Mode W/O a Cat

    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... Aye, Marty
  5. Martin Strand III

    Burning in Low Mode W/O a Cat

    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...
  6. Martin Strand III

    Burning in Low Mode W/O a Cat

    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 *...
  7. Martin Strand III

    Potato skins in my Liberty

    If you burn hot, you'll need potato skins not. Aye, Marty
  8. Martin Strand III

    Erupting Tea Pot

    VERY DANGEROUS to place containers not designed for hot stoves on hot stoves. Especially ceramic or clay. 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...
  9. Martin Strand III

    Lets talk Temps

    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. Aye, Marty PS: You want numbers, read here: https://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/91615/ This is basic wood pyrolysis and...
  10. Martin Strand III

    CO readings today...

    Exactly correct. Play with fire, you'll get burned. Play with CO, you'll wind up dead. And, unfortunately, I've seen both. Aye, Marty Grandpa used to say, "Taking 'a little poison' wins the Darwinian Award every time."
  11. Martin Strand III

    Internal stove temps to get secondary burn?

    Boyz: 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...
  12. Martin Strand III

    A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

    Admittedly, I am unfamiliar with a BK as I also am with Bigfoot and other 'popular' sensations. 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...
  13. Martin Strand III

    A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

    I'm just typin' what I'm thinkin'. Same as you and others. Aye, Marty
  14. Martin Strand III

    A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

    Sorry. I missed the 'cat' part of the BK (Blaze Kitten?). Aye, Marty
  15. Martin Strand III

    A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

    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...
  16. Martin Strand III

    A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

    Oh, No. I don't buy that. That's like 'designing' a car to get 2 mpg in today's market, but you get a tax rebate if you buy it. It makes no sense. Ugh, Marty
  17. Martin Strand III

    A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

    Too many "cooks in the kitchen"? Huh, Marty
  18. Martin Strand III

    A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

    A picture is worth a thousand excuses. Your pictures speak for themselves. Aye, Marty
  19. Martin Strand III

    Overnight burn premise

    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. Aye, Marty
  20. Martin Strand III

    A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

    Franks, 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. Aye, Marty PS: No comment about anyone's wife.
  21. Martin Strand III

    Wood Shed Benefits from Light Winter

    I'll do what I always do*: Chop wood and carry water. Aye, Marty *Grandma used to say, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten."
  22. Martin Strand III

    Wood Shed Benefits from Light Winter

    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 start a...
  23. Martin Strand III

    Wood Shed Benefits from Light Winter

    I'd say about 1 1/2 cords is decent for 5 1/2 months. Of course, I can't take the credit. Its been the weather. My hidden voice is saying, "Next year you'll pay!" Aye, Marty
  24. Martin Strand III

    Wood Shed Benefits from Light Winter

    The photos say it better than I can. Aye, Marty PS: The Shed is 5' x 24'
  25. Martin Strand III

    Fire Dept Came To My House

    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. Aye, Marty Grandma used to say "Fire, like the sea, is a lousy teacher. First you get the test. And then you learn the lesson."
  26. Martin Strand III

    "The Official Show Off Your Hearth Thread"

    Love that MOC! If I had to flip all those switches to get heat, I'd freeze only after being SOL. Power outages explain my KISS heating redundancy living here in the boonies. And, I'd have it no other way. Aye, Marty
  27. Martin Strand III

    "The Official Show Off Your Hearth Thread"

    Wow, Don: 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...
  28. Martin Strand III

    "The Official Show Off Your Hearth Thread"

    I can say this is mine. Probably the ugliest stove in the bunch is my basement Harman TLC 2000 burning anthracite here heating the entire house. Ugly but powerful. Yup. Aye, Marty
  29. Martin Strand III

    Are all fire bricks the same

    More than once I have been ridiculous to point out the ridiculous. Aye, Marty