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    My Solar Kilns.

    Very curious to see your results Im really intrigued by these and I’m bummed I didn’t learn Of these until a few weeks Ago. Next spring I’ll definitely be trying one simply out of curiosity. I may set up a fall/ winter one for a cord of poplar I just got split in July. I certainly wouldn’t...
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    I am starting to accumulate too much hemlock

    It really makes it easy for my wife to get good hot fires going. I have allot more patience and care with how I load and the logs I start with.
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    I am starting to accumulate too much hemlock

    I often get free 4”x12” lagging boards (untreated and of kiln dried) yellow pine and even cedar which I split up for for the stove. My coworkers think I’m crazy. No problem guys. I’ll take them all. The majority is local hardwoods but I happily accept this and some local poplar or aspen for...
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    The one other thing I was concerned with was painting my surround to match but that would never get Hot enough to cure so I’ll be leaving that for now since it’s in good shape
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    Yeah good point. And I have a 6ft chunk of flu I could add stick in the top for a little draft assistance.. then during install I shouldn’t have to worry about soft uncured paint! The other option I had in mind was setting up negative air in the basement like I had during my basement floor...
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    I will Be doing my coats of paint back to back in one day so only after it has been painted 100% will it cool down until I heat cure either outside or installed. I’m going to start getting the stove ready this next week. Thanks allot
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    What about between the painting and the curing. I imagine if it was painted at 55+ with the stove also at that temp it could then cool down untill I got it installed. Almost sounds easier to prep then install and set up a small paint booth in the basement. I did read the paint drys extremely...
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    Yeah i read you can do coats back to back with 20 minutes inbetween so I can get the garage which is insulated up to 75-80 then do my coats overs a hour or 2 with good ventilation and let sit for a week but during that week do I need to maintain a higher temp? Or can it go back down to 30-35...
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    Yeah I knew that from my HAZMAT license. We dig up benzene from time To Time. My favorite. Well I think it’s oretty obvious that most people recommend keeping it Simple and just using stove bright after rust removal and scuffing up the remaining paint. And a good acetone cleaning. The question...
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    Thanks. I have read that it’s pretty bad
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    Yeah I will recoat those also. Then I read to leave it for a week and it’ll “cure” and make it more durable while installing- then it’ll cure your first few fires.. I have a garage heated by a propane burner so I’ll have to find either an electric heater for the weekend i do it or find another...
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    D Thank you for your opinion. And itts somthing I’ll be reading about.
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    Jan I agree the face looks great. My one concern would be if I did the entire stove top it wouldn’t match the stove unless the charcoal color matches lopi pretty well.. i know Avalon and lopi are both Travis stoves so I imagine it matched well or did you cover the whole stove? Thanks
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    Paint vs ceramic coatings

    Hey guys so I ended up getting my 400$ lopi freedom. But before I install it I’m choosing to refinish it since I still have 2 working stoves. My neighbor had his Avalon olympic sand blasted and powder coated with ceramic coating which “technically” holds heat inside but he still easily has 750+...
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    Polar Vortex Aftermath: How’d your stove do?

    I’m located in Saint Paul mn I have 1973 split level with R50 insulation in the attic and regular bats in the walls- unsure but there are plenty of drafts by windows and a few doors when the temps really get Low and the wind howls. I burn 2 inserts- one on each level Lopi freedom insert on...
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    Lopi Freedom Burn times...........Air control adjustment

    On my freedom upstairs it always is in the 650-850 range but I can slam the air and get it under control. Usually 5% open when hot is how I leave it and it completely burns the whole load to ash and I’m happy. But with my second freedom in a 25ft flu I will be making these adjustments prior to...
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    Lopi Freedom Burn times...........Air control adjustment

    How did you control or get your draft in check ?
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    Lopi Freedom Burn times...........Air control adjustment

    Awesome post! I run a freedom upstairs 13ft flu- runs hot and an average draft but I absolute love it and on Sunday I’m installing another one in In the basement firebox which will have a 23ft flu and I plan on doing the same thing if I need to. I may pop the screws out before I install
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    Ok guys after a week of -15 or more I’ve made a few conclusions. 1- successfully kept the furnace off and house a cool 70-75 with bedrooms around 65-68. 2 The enviro did fine and I imagine for most it would be great. But just not enough for what I’m demanding. So on Saturday I’m heading 7 hours...
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    For Sale Enviro 1600 insert

    I have a 2006 enviro 1600 wood insert. It is an EPA stove. Overall it’s been a good stove I simply just need something with a few more BTUs so I’m looking to Sell. The fire brick and the surround are all in great condition. The fan has also been replaced. The stove is located in Minnesota- I...
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    Items Wanted WTB Lopi insert

    Looking for a lopi freedom or a revere. Any year 1994+ or condition will rebuild if necessary. Possibly will entertain other larger inserts. Im located in Minnesota but I will travel 10-12hrs for the right deal. Thanks
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    I will be experimenting and finding what works best for me. I still may look into a manometer I just don’t think I have an over draft but if my draft is 3x higher than the stove was tested for then that could absolutely result in coaling I suppose. I’ll be burning every day for the rest of...
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    Yep! I’m very excited. I may actually be able to run the second stove longer than The starting load and 1 reload! Between the 2 stoves in a split level and 2080sqft. I’m sitting pretty darn good! It may even classify as overkill but my wife and baby will be the warmest in Minnesota!
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    In some respects I think the stoves operates as it should.. I just want to always burn efficiently and get the most I can from the stove. My number 1 priority is always burning clean hot fires. I always assumed slamming the air down would bring the temp of the flu down more and potentially...
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    I have burned about 30% less wood with the air control held back much further - window still clean and I have actually noticed I’m maintaining a higher temp for longer. But I’m not peaking during the burn cycle as high as before but maybe that’s ok. I’ll return after a few full cycles to see if...
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    My moisture contents Would be after the wood sits and warms up to close to room temp a day before it’s burned. Kind of a 2 stage program for the wood- stacked “2yrs” Garage 2-4 days Either stove inside pile 1-2day until burned. This way I’m not burning wood starting at 0* The high end of my...
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    It’s an insert in the basement It’s 6 inch 316SS flex liner connected to top of the stove- straight up to my rain cap. One small bend in the liner “I think it shifts over from top of stove 8inches “ but that’s it. I have easily found 300+ temps At the top cap and very minimal buildup inside the...
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    I will experiment with this today.
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    Modifying primary air intake on Enviro 1600

    I Will absolutely look into this. But what I can’t quite wrap my head around is that if I had an excessive draft wouldn’t this be evident when I have nothing but coals and 350+ stove top. I would imagine the area of coals where the air hits them at the base of the door would be going crazy...