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  1. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    You may end up just burning it 24x7 once you see what "low" is on that stove.
  2. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    Well here's hoping someone invents a better wash coat. Something cheap that can go to 2500° without sagging! ;)
  3. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    I would like to make the case for a steel cat gasket here. It's not complex (just a folded piece of steel blocking airflow to the sides, with the fold allowing for expansion and contraction). It could be loose or (more convenient) welded onto the cat. With such a gasket, we could yank the cat...
  4. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    Are we talking about removing soot or clothing now? Poindexter confused me a little. ;lol
  5. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    I can't tell you how many times I've screwed up my loading schedule in cold weather due to sleeping in or working late or whatever, thinking I'd have to start a fire, and being wrong about that. A princess with a bellyful of coal will go for a long time!
  6. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    Use a filter with the air compressor to avoid blowing iron-contaminated water or machine oil into your cat. (It's not a fancy upgrade, you can get one at home depot for less than 20 bucks).
  7. jetsam

    UK’s changing wood and coal sales rules.

    If they did that here, the headline would be "GUMMINT BANS STOVES" instead of anything the article actually says. We apparently like our info in 144 characters or less and completely fact-free. That is basically a proposal to try to force some kind of sense into "ambiance" burners. I know...
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    Wet Wood test

    Follow the manual because the meter could be designed to correct the displayed moisture reading to assuming parallel or perpendicular probe placement.
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    Wet Wood test

    This is not for the tl;dr crowd, but if you are interested in how moisture meters work, this will answer all your questions (and probably cause you to throw your moisture meter out and use your old multimeter from now on). You also get bonus stuff like temperature and species correction charts...
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    NC 30 to BK Princess?

    If you have moisture coming through the sides, you need to dig a trench around the foundation outside all the way down to the bottom, clean the masonry, and waterproof it. The most common thing is foundation tar and roofing felt. If you have water coming up from under the slab, that's a...
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    Mini dust vac?

    And then you get a little black one that isn't glowing until the air from the vac's suction lights it up. If you always empty the bag into your ash bucket outside immediately, I guess the worst you'll get is a hole in the bag.
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    Wet Wood test

    That appears to be red oak too. When you split your room temp piece, if the color on the fresh split is a lot darker than the outside face, it's got a lot of water in it. You'll be able to tell roughly how dry it is just by lifting it eventually. Your tacklife meter is off the charts. You'd...
  13. jetsam

    Tick bites and Lyme disease

    Because the more you use antibiotics the less you can use antibiotics. Evolution at work. Also because some of us get "confirmed tick bites" hundreds of times per year and I don't know if they sell it in 5 gallon pails. ;lol
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    Tick bites and Lyme disease

    Keep Lyme symptoms in mind even if your bloodwork comes back clean; the most common test is something like 30% accurate in the first 3 weeks of infection, and there are a bewildering profusion of different testing methodologies out there.
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    Wet Wood test

    15% wood doesn't bubble out the ends and it catches like crazy, especially with a very small split size as pictured. If you whang two dry splits together, they should ring, not thump.
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    Pine pallet for kindling

    If you mean safe for the stove, if it's a noncat it's okay. Stay away from salt pallets, which tend to sit in salty puddles and soak up salt. That's bad for any stove. Safe for you? Avoid burning paint, galvanized stuff, and pressure treated wood. I've seen the occasional PT board on a...
  17. jetsam

    Advice needed for new construction ZC fireplaces

    If you wanted supplemental heat and plan to burn 2 cords a year, you really dodged a bullet when you decided an open fireplace wasn't in your budget. The best place is usually going to be in a big open room in the middle of the house. During a power outage, a stove at one end of a house may...
  18. jetsam

    Crack in glass

    That looks like an air bubble to me. It may not ever turn into a problem, but I would get it replaced while it's under warranty.
  19. jetsam

    Need some opinions continued. ( Blaze King)

    On one hand, your pipe looks fine aside from being all dented up at the fasteners. On the other hand, if the stove is burning and it is strongly sucking in incense smoke at that joint, that is an issue. That dilution air cools the flue and that causes creosote buildup (which we can't see in...
  20. jetsam

    Firebacks

    I don't think it will hurt anything (except maybe the carefully engineered airflow inside your firebox). If it's a freestander, you might get a little less heat out due to the extra cast iron blocking radiation in one direction. You will definitely lose firebox capacity, so burn times and peak...
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    VODA fan warranty

    I paid $30 for that thing new and it seems it will be around for many years. Also pictured: Stove Rock. Stove Rock looks more like a potato and was $30 cheaper, but moves a disappointing amount of air. Would recommend based on price point, especially If you like potatoes, but not so much based...
  22. jetsam

    Anyone try burning loads of wood chips?

    ...anything IN the gloves? _g
  23. jetsam

    New wood insert in Michigan

    If you just moved in and have 10 acres, go get the standing dead conifers that are in the best shape. They are easy to spot in the winter. In the spring, you can more easily see what hardwoods are dead or dying, and take those down. The conifers are to burn next year, and the hardwoods are to...
  24. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    RIP, The Great Swoosh Debate That Shall Not Be Mentioned™.
  25. jetsam

    New wood insert in Michigan

    And make it softwood for your first year. If you split, stack, and top topcover pine now, it will be ready for next year. Cancel your gym membership- dropping, limbing, bucking, splitting, hauling, and stacking wood is a good workout! (Plus you get to haul and stack it all at least one more...
  26. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    You should have a blockoff and an insulated liner. Maybe it is less BTU loss being an interior chimney, but the insulation's job is to keep the liner at 250° plus all the way to the top so creosote doesn't form. I probably wouldn't pull the liner either, but you could still put in a blockoff...
  27. jetsam

    New wood insert in Michigan

    You have another house 500 feet away AND live in the country? ;lol You need a blockoff plate and an insulated liner. If a dealer says no to either one of those, don't let them near your install. Even if they capitulate later- do you really want someone with that level of knowledge doing your...
  28. jetsam

    Anyone try burning loads of wood chips?

    The first chip boiler I googled up was bragging about its low turndown ability- all the way down to 300,000 BTU/h! ==c
  29. jetsam

    Anyone try burning loads of wood chips?

    That's a good idea. Any tree service will be happy to bring you a truckload of (green) wood chips for free. Around here they pay by the truckload to get rid of them... Or how about a basement full of woodchips and an auger to feed the boiler? Or a giant vacuum motor that sucks wood chips...
  30. jetsam

    2019-20 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 1 (Everything BK)

    I think the 1101 still had the horizontal cat underneath the flue with a bunch of steel baffles around it. BKVP says they were good stoves, though. (And once again I am annoyed that the link button doesn't work anymore.) The thread below has BKVP's take on this stove, and [WARNING DANGER...