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    Is there a large enough stove?

    I liked the first one enough to buy another. Both do the job very well.
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    Is there a large enough stove?

    Everything is a compromise with trade offs. I know lots of people with boilers both indoor and out. Many do complain about consumption however non complain about their house being too cold which is quite common with the aesthetically beautiful wood stove.
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    Englander 30 alternate

    I fail to see why with so many threads on here asking for rear vent stoves why the Elm is not mentioned. It can be rear or top and has 3 leg height options and can be had in same FB size as his Fisher. It has long burn times, puts out enormous amounts of heat and you'll never read about...
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    Is there a large enough stove?

    Absolutely, With only a basement stove I was pushing that bugger to the max to get enough heat. Now I can practically idle 2 stoves and we are much more comfortable. Last evening it was 5 degree out and the first floor was 80 and the loft plus bedroom was 82. I woke to -5 and 72 on the first...
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    Is there a large enough stove?

    100K BTUs doesn't sound like enough furnace for a Minnesota house that big or even half that big. Thats the size of my furnace in an 1800sqft house in central Ohio. OWB are nice for situations like yours but keep in mind during power outages you'll need a generator if you want heat. Everyones...
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    Air leak or overdraft?

    I have a very good example of the Florida syndrome. My basement stove is 41' from stove to cap on a 6" class A plus the house sets out in the open on a nul. I have 1 solid plate damper in the stove pipe that I basically never have to open even on cold starts. At some point I plan to ad a second...
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    Is it safe to put an insert in a Zero Clearance or not?

    I think there is nothing wrong with a ZC as long as its used for what it was designed for. An occasional open fire. I would guess shoring up the bottom would require removal in most situations. At that point it would be easier to just do it all over. Also I read on here ( I was paying attention...
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    Is it safe to put an insert in a Zero Clearance or not?

    This has come up prolly a hundred or more times on here and will continue because so many houses have ZCFs installed. Somewhere way back somebody raised the concern about installing a heavy insert into what amounts to a sheetmetal box who's floor may not support it.
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    Got the chimney cleaned results

    My thoughts are (without knowing any particulars about your setup) 1: your chimney probably isn't very tall, say 16' or less and your stove pipe is very short 2: if its a steel chimney some or most of last yrs accumulation fell off during the summer. So your only really seeing approx. 2-21/2...
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    No I'm Not Back, Just Poked My Head in For a Minute

    Nice hearing from you Bart. I learned alot on this forum and prolly the biggest lesson was basement heating. Even with an 18' high ceiling the first floor runs 78-82 degrees now most of the time (yes I know I was real hard headed about that for a long time). I still heat the basement since we...
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    No I'm Not Back, Just Poked My Head in For a Minute

    A friend called me the other day to tell me he saw an Elm thread posted here. Since that is indeed a rarity I had to check it out for chits and giggles. I've been out busy focusing on my hobby/side business growing veggies and selling at farmers markets, even in the winter here in Ohio. Anyway...
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    Soot/creosote buildup

    I have tried to ignite the fluffy stuff in a pile with a propane torch after cleaning. It will burn down but will not sustain a fire itself.That tells me your chance of a chimney fire from it is nill.
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    16 Eco Bricks in One Load

    Hahaha those race boys with their race chains wouldn't get near something as hard as those bricks. Coal bed this morning was very small. I packed them tighly leaving no air space. Usually I can get them to take off very fast even using them for cold starts very successfully but thats allowing...
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    16 Eco Bricks in One Load

    Up until a few days ago I always use the bricks occasionally and sparinly. I decided to give them a try in larger amounts. So yesterday I put a whole pack in (8 bricks) and got 12hr burn with just enough relight coals. Today I got brave and put 2 full packs in. I initally loaded them at 11am...
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    Sierra 8000TEC Combustor

    I don't want to go as far as to say you absolutely can't overfire an Elm but you pretty much can't. I'm winding up my 3rd yr and I fire it daily to 850 and have seen close 1000 many times. It looks and functions just like day 1. Today I loaded in 16 eco bricks and watched it settle into 900...
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    Sierra 8000TEC Combustor

    Will do. I have another friend that has a Sierra pre-epa in his basement. I have never seen it just heard about it. I'll see if he can get me a pic.
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    Sierra 8000TEC Combustor

    Thanks a bunch. I forwarded the link to him. I've never owned a CAT stove so I'll have to wave off this one for any more comments. Impossible for me to say without having seen first hand many other stove CATs in normal service if they can or will get like his. My impression is the pieces parts...
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    Sierra 8000TEC Combustor

    I knew that was coming. I been over there many many times in the past yrs and I see nothing that suggests abuse. Typical stove top I've seen is 500-600. The thing eats wood like a freight train when I've been there. The only abuse there might have been is wet wood but my thoughts are what he is...
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    Sierra 8000TEC Combustor

    Got a friend who needs both replaced. He has a price from Sierra for 135.00ea as there are 2 of them. They are 3"ishx 6"ish. Anyone know if that is good enough price or is there a better place to get replacements. So far my internet search hasn't turned anything up. His CATs are totally burned...
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    Bio/Envi blocks to the rescue

    I bought several packs of those earlier this year. I really liked them and thought they made great fire starters. At 210.00/ton they are the best full price bargain in this area.
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    Keep your wits about you - creosote creeps in unnoticed

    That's just a corrugated fixed 90 degree elbow.
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    So who's going to HPBA?

    Steve from Vermont Elm emailed me last week to say he was going.
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    6 inch chimney out of 8 inch flu

    I've owned 2 Nashua's over the yrs. Very good stove that will really rock the heat. I had mine plumbed into a 6" chimney and still had to put a damper on it.If your chimney is tall and drafts well it won't be a problem at all. From stove to cap for me is 41'. The negatives for me were relatively...
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    Freaking Freezing Ouside, And Running Both Stoves....

    I realize this was directed at the OP but when you have chimneys that are 35-40' no house is tight enough to limit that kind of draft. Not only do I have dampers full closed in both at all times I really need a second one inline for the basement stove.
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    Freaking Freezing Ouside, And Running Both Stoves....

    10 degree night before last, high of 23 yesterday and 15 last night. Never been warmer. Solar gain and basement stove took house to 78 degrees on first floor. 3 medium splits at 10pm on first floor stove and fully loaded downstairs. 10hrs later its 72 in here and high 70s on 3rd floor (warmest...
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    Bio/Envi blocks to the rescue

    This year I did something I really like to avoid mid season wet wood. I loaded up an old shed 8x8 completely full. I figure it holds about 3 cords. Wood stays perfectly dry in any snow storm. Going to keep an eye on CL and get another. That way I can completely use the one up before I reload it...
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    Wood Handling - Too Much! And your number??

    Anyone who burns for yrs has thought about how to reduce the steps. One thing I did was to get a grapple. Cutting rounds in the field and moving them is hard and time consuming.I gather and store the supply before processing in log form. I can move the logs right to the stack area for...
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    out of ideas

    I had that exact stove 3yrs ago and posted many many times about its running away. The OP problems are part of why I sold it. If you have a really good draft there is no way to slow it down aside from modifing the primary door and or blocking off some of the secondary air. That design of the...
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    Freestanding wood stove in zero clearance design?

    There has been alot of chatter this year about folks wanting to convert something ZC to something woodburning airtight. Can someone explain to me how Heatilator certified their Constitution high efficiency fireplace (that is basically same as an insert) that uses the exact same air cooled...
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    Bullard Secondary Air Retrofit Project Complete

    Those results mirror what I see. With my primary full shut(really full shut) and key damper full closed I go right to 800-900. Only difference is I can look at the show. I will say running an EPA configuration blind would seem a bit odd. You would be relying on top temps vs air setting alone to...