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  1. blacktail

    This old house says no pine

    The people who poopoo softwoods should contact Travis Industries and educate them. When I toured the Travis factory, they had a loading bay filled with douglas fir for their in-house burning!
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    Popular wood

    Whatever species is popular in your area is probably popular for a reason.
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    Build up of coals.

    Open up your air to burn down the coals. Tossing a chunk of softwood in at the same time will help.
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    One of the beauties of fir.
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    I've been burning a lot of bigleaf maple this season. It's over 75% of my fuel. The klinkers this year have been unbelievable.
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    Chimney cap plugging up every few weeks?

    5 minutes with a set of tin snips should improve how it breathes.
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    Been Wondering

    That's the what you're looking for if you want a long, clean burn.
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    Newbie looking for advice

    Sounds like a screaming deal.
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    Wood in the yard/in the woods

    I just stacked a half cord row of fir and maple in my woods today. It's in a spot where I stack wood every year. I'll move it to the shed in September and start burning it in October.
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    Bad smell from log burner

    Nobody is gonna mention that wood trim or framing piece so close to the pipe?
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    75 inches of rain in per year

    What are "normal" drying times? None of my stacks get much sun and they still dry. Alder, fir, & hemlock will be ready if stacked in spring. Maple and birch can be the same but are best if given 2 summers to dry.
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    Fire Dies when latching Door

    It's the size of a golf ball. How does it not fit?
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    Newbie Help, Break In

    A few small break in fires won't gunk up your chimney. Maybe try some compressed wood logs if you don't have dry wood.
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    Newbie looking for advice

    I don't think most people would put 1.6cf stoves in the medium size category.
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    Stove seems to be not getting air

    Was this several year old wood split years ago? Or was it in log form for years? A $15 moisture meter will end all doubt in fuel quality. Could be a dirty screen at the cap too.
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    Sweeping biweekly. Hows this for buildup?

    If you leave the soot in your stove, it will disappear in your next fire.
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    Sweeping biweekly. Hows this for buildup?

    Why are you vacuuming it out of the stove?
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    Neighbor complaint of smoke odor

    If it's warm enough that they're opening windows, you're probably burning the stove as low as possible. I guess cat stoves are supposed to burn clean anyway, but maybe burning hotter will clean it up some and also get your exhaust up higher.
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    If you could "test drive" 3 different stoves, what would they be and why?

    1. Lopi 1750. It's the bigger version of my 1250. Easier NS loading than what I have. 2. PE Super. Due to its reputation for good burn times while not being a huge stove. Also NS friendly. 3. Maybe a Kuma Alpine. They're not the most common brand but have a good reputation. All would be inserts...
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    How long have you been operating the same stove?

    Bought my house August 2011. Bought my insert the following month. There were a couple of times when I considered going bigger, but any improvement isn't worth the hassle.
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    inserts: Lopi Answer vs PE Super vs ??

    I'm in the same area using a Lopi 1250i, which I think is the same box as the Answer. It works well for me but my house is less than 1200sf. For a 1900sf house I'd get something bigger.
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    SWAG on firewood to stockpile

    My guess is that most people around here average 3 cords a year if it's their primary heat source. If you put fresh cut wood right into a shed, expect it to take longer to dry. Alder can be ready in 6 months, but not if it's stacked 4 or 5 rows deep in a shed.
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    PNW woods drying times?

    Alder will be ready for next season. Maple and birch might be ready with ideal conditions. I've burned both maple and birch after one summer of drying and it's better with 2 summers of drying. You'll be better off cutting down birch now. By march, they'll be drawing a huge amount of water up...
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    Using a Wood Stove Insert without the convection fan

    You'll still get nearly all of the convective heat.
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    PE Summit getting too hot overnight?

    You could try splitting your wood bigger in the future.
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    Liner cleaning tools

    Even if it didn't burn, I'd still leave it and just remove it the next time I clean ash out of the stove.
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    Using a Wood Stove Insert without the convection fan

    Lots of people use inserts without a blower to heat their homes. If the fireplace they're in is fully inside the house they work really well. But if you have a blower, there's not much reason to not use it. The outlet for mine is 3-4 feet away. The only time I unplug it is the couple times a...
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    Liner cleaning tools

    Sooteater. 1. If you have a baffle board, remove it. If baffle bricks, push the middle 2 up and slide them over on top of the adjacent bricks leaving them hanging over enough so you can retrieve them. 2. Insert first rod with cleaning head into liner. 3. Use magnets to hold a plastic sheet...
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    How to put out a fire

    Turn air down and leave.
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    Best maul for me

    I had 2 giant maples cut down 2 years ago and did it all by hand. There's no sense trying to open up a 36" seam.