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  1. gyrfalcon

    TV next to soapstone surrounded stove?

    Which reminds me to say there's the soapstone and then there's the glass. The soapstone is pretty mild, the glass is hellishly hot. But you're not going to put the TV 6 inches from the front of the stove and the glass.
  2. gyrfalcon

    TV next to soapstone surrounded stove?

    Very pretty. If I didn't live in a 170-some-yo farmhouse in the country, I'd love a stove that looked like that. I like mine a lot, but I've had to reconcile myself to needing a little backup from the oil boiler overnight in the coldest winter months because it's beyond me to get up in the...
  3. gyrfalcon

    TV next to soapstone surrounded stove?

    Hearthstone Heritage is freestanding, a mid-size stove, 2.3 cf firebox. You wouldn't want to sit on it, but otherwise no problem. https://www.hearthstonestoves.com/store/wood-products/wood-stoves/heritage
  4. gyrfalcon

    TV next to soapstone surrounded stove?

    Fiction. I aim to run mine at or close to 500 in the coldest part of winter, and it sometimes goes as high as 550 for short periods without my pushing it.
  5. gyrfalcon

    Yellow jackets in the wood stacks! Eradication.

    If you can't see where the entrance is, then you probably do need to call in the professionals. You might also want to ask them if they have any idea why you seem to be plagued by these things. Good luck.
  6. gyrfalcon

    Yellow jackets in the wood stacks! Eradication.

    Well, then you are stuck. It's a damn shame, though. Even Yellowjackets are beneficial insects-- if only they weren't so damned short-tempered. I don't like to kill things, but sometimes it's me or them.
  7. gyrfalcon

    Yellow jackets in the wood stacks! Eradication.

    In NE, likely a raccoon or a skunk. Yay!
  8. gyrfalcon

    Yellow jackets in the wood stacks! Eradication.

    FWIW, if they were actual bees (and around where I live, all large flying insects that look like they might sting are called "bees" indiscriminately), a local beekeeper can some and remove the hive and its queen without massacring the bees. All the worker bees will follow gamely after the...
  9. gyrfalcon

    Yellow jackets in the wood stacks! Eradication.

    You don't need powerful pesticides to deal with this. Safer brand has a non-toxic (to anything but wasps) spray and there are store brand sprays that use the same ingredients. I have various wasp problems every year, and I use the Agway brand for them. They work fine and the residue is no...
  10. gyrfalcon

    How to limit ash dust when cleaning

    Yes, actually, the sunlight does shine directly across the stove door in the morning (if the sun is out). And no, I've never seen an ash cloud in the air unless I bobble the shovel, or particularly noticeable ash "dust" on surfaces until towards the end of the heating season, when I finally get...
  11. gyrfalcon

    A Guid New Year Tae Ain an' A'

    Thanks, Fiona! Good to know you're well above the horror of the weather up there.
  12. gyrfalcon

    How to limit ash dust when cleaning

    I read these threads about ash dust with amazement because I have never, ever had that problem, and I'm not sure why. Some of it is probably that my stove isn't large enough to keep a real fire going overnight, and I typically shovel ash first thing in the AM before I revive the remaining coals...
  13. gyrfalcon

    Firewood "Tips" according to the State Of Ohio

    Fiona, thanks very much for the link to that earlier thread, which I had somehow missed at the time. (So are you now burning the biobricks? Did the deal with the neighbors with the kiln work out at all?) The availability and cost of firewood varies widely here in the States. Where I am, in a...
  14. gyrfalcon

    Firewood "Tips" according to the State Of Ohio

    Well, it's a good question. It's certainly a lot cheaper to dry the wood by burning wood detritus as the heat source. Plus firewood doesn't need to be as dry as construction lumber. But if demand rises dramatically, the additional speed in drying might become necessary and the extra cost only...
  15. gyrfalcon

    Firewood "Tips" according to the State Of Ohio

    Never heard of anybody doing that. The ones I know run on ...(wait for it) .... wood!''
  16. gyrfalcon

    Firewood "Tips" according to the State Of Ohio

    In my neck of the woods in rural Vermont, where half the population heats with wood in big old nearly immortal pre-EPA cast "smoke dragons," the accepted definition of "seasoned" is cut down in the spring, pulled out and cut and split in late summer, early fall. I know only one other person...
  17. gyrfalcon

    Using a wood burning fireplace for heat

    Please come again and spend more money!
  18. gyrfalcon

    Using a wood burning fireplace for heat

    Can't help with the wood, I'm afraid. I'm really only familiar with the species we have here. Could be some kind of maple, but the grain looks a little punky. Put those pix up in the Woodshed forum here and you'll get better advice.
  19. gyrfalcon

    Using a wood burning fireplace for heat

    JHD, don't lose sight of the fact that you can't put a woodstove on the same chimney your central heating oil or gas burner uses.
  20. gyrfalcon

    RE: Has anyone else noticed . . .

    For myself, it's partly the ridiculously warm fall, especially after last winter's horrible marathon, plus the low oil prices. I decided actually to take advantage of the low price to give my aging bones a break from wrangling wood this year. I have a small supply still for weekend evenings...
  21. gyrfalcon

    RE: Has anyone else noticed . . .

    Where? I'm not finding it.
  22. gyrfalcon

    Didn't Save As Much Oil As I Thought I Might (Year 1)

    Ah, there you go. It's the hot water heater. I went through this several years ago, and ultimately decided to put in a good old-fashioned electric hot water heater, and over the course of 12 months, I now pay WAY less for hot water than I did when my super-duper "high efficiency" oil boiler...
  23. gyrfalcon

    Building My Firewood Shed

    If it were me, what I'd do is just get several inexpensive tarps, screw the tops into the shed using big washers and tie them up with some rope. When it looks like snow, just unroll them and let them fly loose in the wind. They won't keep the interior of the shed totally snow-free, but they'll...
  24. gyrfalcon

    Building My Firewood Shed

    If you look carefully, you'll see that even heavy rain or snow only penetrates a piece of wood a fraction of an inch. Since you've already been letting it dry out on your porch before you burn it, I don't think the shed will make any difference in the amount you burn for the same amount of...
  25. gyrfalcon

    Hearthstone Heritage

    Me, too. Although given the depth of my living room where the chimney is, it would end up in the doorway to my kitchen.==c
  26. gyrfalcon

    Hearthstone Heritage

    I have no idea whether the latch lip would have worn down at all had I not put in that disastrously too-fat gasket. And for sure, if I was aware it was a vulnerable part of the stove, I would have trained my reflexes to push the stove door in much more firmly before turning the handle and...
  27. gyrfalcon

    Hearthstone Heritage

    Some of it, I'm sure, has to do with how frequently those doors get opened and shut. Trying to heat too much space with way too small a stove in a cold state-- and being clueless about how to keep a fire going right the first couple years -- meant that my Tribute got way more wear on the latch...
  28. gyrfalcon

    Hearthstone Heritage

    Thanks very much for that link, Woody. I may just get that now so I have it on hand if and when.
  29. gyrfalcon

    Hearthstone Heritage

    Can you order directly from Hearthstone? The 3/8 that caused my disaster with the Tribute was sent to me by the dealer, though I don't remember what name it had on it. I've already got the graphite on my list to pick up next time I'm up in town, and I'll take a look at that side latch at your...
  30. gyrfalcon

    Hearthstone Heritage

    Ah! Great to know somebody at the company recognizes this is a problem. Now if they would only do something about it? I busted the Tribute stove I used to have big-time as a result of this problem. Latching the door over that too-big gasket eventually wore down the lip in the cast frame to...