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    Chimney repair quote is $20k, thoughts?

    As a So.Cal ex-patriot, I'd look into removing the chimney, not fixing it. Bricks and earthquake country do not mix. ( I have a friend who disabled their wood insert after a local earthquake caused costly damage to their exterior chimney.) The (in-door) burn season in the coastal areas is so...
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    Drying in 4-row stacks

    Is this shed production still in progress? Once done, I'd enjoy seeing the pictures and what your ultimate (required) lumber order was. One of these summers, it'll be my turn to build one.
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    The pain

    Too late, but I would have suggested buying her a gift equal to the value of the wood you'd get. She might have agreed to that. Break even for you, win for her.
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    Drying in 4-row stacks

    "But going non-PT on those components saves me a few $100’s, a few hundred pounds, makes the roof sheathing easier " I always think of wet vs dry wood weights with firewood, but I never thought of applying that thought to PT wood. Learn something new every day...
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    Drying in 4-row stacks

    Would it be floating or would you have beams connected to earth either by cemented in ground orlag bolted to cemented braces? (A question I can't seem to decide on for my own future shed)
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    Biolite FirePit?

    I just stumbled upon an advertisement today (United MileagePlus) for the Biolite FirePit. Has anybody tried it yet? I've heard some complaints that the Solo fire pits aren't very radiant with their heat. Pictures online suggest the Biolite fire pit might be more radiant, albeit probably not as...
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    A Great Score...and a pretty cool friend.

    I saw that uhaul rents utility trailers for $15/day.
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    Too seasoned?

    Yes, I'm sure that many 100+ year old wood homes have given plenty of heat when burning down.
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    Too seasoned?

    I'd think there would be some science out there to explain why and how much.
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    Best way to make kindling

    When desperate, I'd place a hatchet on the end of short 2x4 pieces (resting on some other dimensional lumber to save the hatchet blade) and whack the hatchet with a small sledge hammer. Hatchets scare me so I want to keep my fingers as far way as possible. I have been gifted a kindling cracker...
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    Too seasoned?

    Highbeam made a comment in another thread where he said he was thinking wood can be too dry. That had me think back to my puzzlement over the following statement from a Jotul manual I read on the web. From Jotul manual: "Wood that has been air-dried for a period of 6 to 14 months will provide...
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    Ready for winter

    Oh,at give it time. At some point I'll be complaining this summer when it breaks 100 consistently inland making the thermal low suck the fog off the ocean and parking it overhead. Highs won't break 60. That's when I'm planning to break in my new stove.
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    Marking wood for where to cut

    So then does your vehicle run on biodiesel? The exhaust has a hint of French fries.
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    Ready for winter

    I'll take the monotony of our summer weather. Here's our 4 day (H/L)forecast : 69/57, 68/55, 68/55, 66/54. Surfed in 54 degree water this morning - the Pacific Ocean keeps things cool close to the coast.
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    Marking wood for where to cut

    How old are these larger oaks? Rare or common out in your parts?
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    Alderlea owners: Do your trivet's line up well?

    I went to our local PE dealer. The owner said all Alderlea stoves they've seen have had the trivets not swinging open up just right. Told me to not bother having PE send a top because (1) a replacement will have its own problem, (2) the enamel color may not match, and (3) it'd possibly get...
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    Marking wood for where to cut

    https://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/tap-and-cut-firewood-marker.259758/ Here's a discussion about making a tap and cut.
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    Pacific Energy and 2020

    One advantage that I found of PE stoves with respect to hearth sizing is that their manual measures the side distance for minimum hearth width from the edges of the windows. Most other stove companies use the edge of the stove body. My hearth is a quarter circle, so it had the correct...
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    Pacific Energy and 2020

    Id imagine you could insist to your dealer that you want an LE version, otherwise you won't purchase. The dealer would then be motivated find a way to ensure you an LE. Here's what a dealer in Ontario emailed me this spring. Reading his email and getting feed back from ChimneySweepOnline made...
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    Eucalyptus Score!

    Looking at the eucalyptus trees around town yesterday made me think about your post. Yes PI * (1.5^2)*150=1060 ft^3 and 1060/128=8.3 cords. But that's assuming the cord is all wood and no air space between the splits, so I'd guess it'd be more than 10 cords? Any guesses on the range of how...
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    PE Alderlea T5 thoughts/ review a few months in

    Close clearance is what also sold me. The Super series and Napoleon's 1400 series we're similar in size and clearance, but Begreen and others sold me on the Super series robust design, plus it should be easier to clean the chimney.
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    replace fire bricks?

    My new T5 came with an extra beixk. So either they were being generous or they figure there's a real chance one won't make it through delivery in good shape. (I lucked out and now have an extra for future use.)
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    Eucalyptus Score!

    So did you split on site in order to be able to move some of the rounds into your truck? By hand or machine?
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    Splitting red alder for easy breathing stove (t5)

    I'm hand splitting my red alder now for either winter 20/21 or 21/22. Some of the larger rounds are 16-18 inches in diameter. The largest rounds are being quarter split, but some of the middle size rounds I'm thinking that maybe I should keep them as half spits since I'm anticipating my stove...
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    Alderlea owners: Do your trivet's line up well?

    Cool and damp are my winters, so wood heat is preferred, but not a must if I need to stop burning for some repairs. PE's support and I agreed to give it a winter and then decide. They made a note in my file and the warranty is 3 years. (It basically comes down to how much I mellow out about the...
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    Alderlea owners: Do your trivet's line up well?

    Looking at the T6 and T5 pictures shown by other people in the thread, PE seems to have changed their design on the top assemblies. Not sure when and why the change happened, or if they have different design for enameled stoves (doubt it). Anyhow, I'll propose to PE that I just give it a...
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    Alderlea owners: Do your trivet's line up well?

    Pacific Energy's support responded to my email inquiry about the trivet alignment. Here's their response: "The Alderlea tops are drilled and the pins and bushings pressed in here at the factory. Sometimes we may have a bushing that isn’t perfectly straight or a casting with a small twist. We...
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    Alderlea owners: Do your trivet's line up well?

    I just noticed their Quality Control Checklist for the T5 that was included in the paperwork. There's a check by "Swing top operation". So I'm assuming it met their criteria and I'm just being too fussy with unrealistic expectations on trivet smoothness (perhaps spoiled by the right trivet).
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    Alderlea owners: Do your trivet's line up well?

    Perhaps my expectations are too high and I'm fussing too much, but here's more info: Using a 4ft level, my hearth is level and the back top of the stove is also level (as is the ash lip). Right trivet is as smooth as butter. Opens and closes easily with only the bottom stoppers making it...
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    Alderlea owners: Do your trivet's line up well?

    I talked with the owner of the stove from whom I got the T5. She said that having to lift up on one side to close the one trivet is the way it's always been and same with the missing washer on one side. She didn't know why that is. I find it hard to believe that that is by design, but same...