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  1. KJamesJR

    Fully Packed Oslo

    Oak and beech lol. During the day when the suns out, one or two splits will keep the house at 72 for a few hours with the air half open. Again it’s only been in the low 50’s. Going to cool down big time come Friday and looks like snow already for next week. Half the reason why I did this was...
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    14% maple steams

    My hard maple usually gets down to 17% or so just stacked over summer. Single row, uncovered.
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    Fully Packed Oslo

    After it lights off I leave it almost fully closed. I’ll close it all the way then give the lever a little tap open. When I went to bed it was 74 inside so I don’t know exactly how hot it got in the house.
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    Fully Packed Oslo

    Packed the Oslo up full for tonight. Only gonna get down to 29f overnight so I might regret it! The little opening at the bottom is where I piled the coals up managed to squeeze a split infront of it. Ya ya I could have done some more micro splits but everything started to catch so I had to...
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    14% maple steams

    That maple should be plenty dry if it was split and stacked in summer of 2018. I cut split and stacked a about a cord in late winter this year, about 7 or 8 months ago and it’s 17%. Maple drys fast.
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    Shed near well?

    If you’re using pressure treated wood it may have an impact depending on how deep your well is. In my location contaminants need to be 70ft. I have an old dug well that’s only 20ft deep though. If you’re worried just use cedar for all the parts closest to the ground.
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    When are you going to light your first fire for the season?

    Been burning half loads every night. Two or three big splits in the morning. For about two weeks now.
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    Hilarious Video

    I feel like some of our members are one finely honed chisel away from being this guy lol
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    How big is a 3 cord grapple load?

    Who was the guy you used?
  10. KJamesJR

    What Is In Your Stove Right Now?

    It burned like ash really. I have a lot of runaway lilacs on my property. Cleared some last November because they were taller than my chimney and close to my house. It was no different then a tree. Took out two liters about 6” wide and more than 17’ tall. I have more and would burn again.
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    Kids and Stoves

    My kids don’t go near it. Our rule is “bricks are off limits” basically, no standing on the hearth. Ours is pretty large so it gives ample space. Even the kids who come over seem to head the rules without much issue. Although that doesn’t stop them from planting themselves on the floor just in...
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    What Is In Your Stove Right Now?

    A slice of beech, and a lilac log. Makes for an interesting combo.
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    Compressed logs safe to use? Logike?

    i tired a few different compressed fire logs last winter. The biobricks were the best, the compressed logs from Lowe’s were the worst. Forgot the name but they were a giant, cheaper version of a biobrick sold in 3’s in a clear plastic wrapper. When I say cheaper I meant in construction. They...
  14. KJamesJR

    My Solar Kilns.

    The front of the stacks, where your arrows are, are nearly completely sealed. The plastic was stapled to the sill boards every 6” or so because I only wanted air coming in through where it was supposed to. There’s some grass in the foreground yes, but thick weed barrier was placed under the...
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    My Solar Kilns.

    The air comes in from the ends at the bottom which was kept mostly clear. It’s also 4” off the ground. The front is sealed. We got a couple more weeks of warmer weather with sunshine. I loosened the plastic up a little more to allow more airflow. We’ll see if I can get the last of this moisture...
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Maybe it needs to be higher off the ground or in a drier spot. I know they were getting hot I was temping them regularly at 135. The top layers are rather dry. There was always condensation in the kiln. So maybe the vents weren’t big enough. The beech is dry so maybe I’ll separate out the oak...
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Basically they’re drying at the same rate. There were some splits in the uncovered stack that read in the high 20’s. They were the larger splits. Most were in the mid to low 20’s very much on par with the kiln. Not sure why I didn’t get the sub 15% MC. Maybe my splits were just too big. Maybe I...
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Sorry, was taking forever to load images so I had to break it up into multiple posts. Some images didn’t load.
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Uncovered stack.
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Results from second sample.
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Results from first sample
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Pulled three splits from each kiln Size comparison...
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Yes, sorry I didn’t post. Wife decided we needed a new entry door so that’s how I spent my weekend. Preliminary results indicate sub optimal performance from my kiln as opposed to single row air drying. Now I only checked one split, so it’s not for sure yet. If I remember tomorrow I’ll pull a...
  24. KJamesJR

    Swept the Chimney Today

    Doesn’t look too bad. I just did mine for the first time since February. I was burning some wet wood last winter. We also like long burns, so we burn at low temps. Just enough to get the house above 70f. Sucked out a couple handfuls of soot. All my gunk builds up inside the stove pipe for...
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    My Solar Kilns.

    Been six weeks since I opened the kilns. 90 days since I started this little experiment. The results may be disappointing to some of our solar kiln enthusiasts. It’s now September and our days here aren’t getting any sunnier, or warmer. I’ll post something a little more formal this weekend.
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    Winter is right around the corner!

    Should start seeing the first flakes in about 11 or 12 weeks. I’m ready this year.
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    How Many Cords On Your Property?

    Some of us are just getting grumpy because we haven’t been able to light the stove since March. Others like myself were more fortunate. We didn’t have to shut down until May...
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    How Many Cords On Your Property?

    That’s an awesome shed/stack. Of my 4 acres, I only have 5 cord stacked :( I need a utility trailer for the Jeep. I won’t bother scrounging until I can carry a cord back home.
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    Monster tree in my backyard.

    That tree doesn’t look like it even has bark. I would take a look at some of the smaller trees around it, most likely they’re it’s offspring. I want to say it’s maple. I don’t think I’ve even seen diseased elm get that dead. Definitely a job for a pro... If it’s oak the wood will resist rot...
  30. KJamesJR

    I didn't know this: Cat vs non-Cat

    Let’s cap all the active volcanos while we’re at it.