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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...