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  1. byQ

    Canadian needs more heat...

    Found it. Here is the Buddhist monk video. They are in Canada, too. The thermal shutter part is at the beginning.
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    Canadian needs more heat...

    If you really wanted to keep more heat in, I would build thermal shutters for the inside - for your windows in the sun room. Basically, you would need a couple of 4' x 8' sheets of rigid board insulation, some plywood, and neoprene lining. I would put two or more layers of insulation together...
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    What is a Masonry Heater

    Thanks, I hear so little about real world use - you know the day-to-day stuff. Wow your house looks really nice. It sounds like your masonry heater is working well for your needs.
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    What is a Masonry Heater

    Prof, describe your house layout and how much wood you are burning. Is the masonry heater your main source of heat? Are you able to heat rooms that the MH isn't in. You said you've used wood stoves in the past, what are some of the differences you've noticed? thanks
  5. byQ

    What is a Masonry Heater

    I built the masonry heater before I built the house. Now i'm building the house. My goal is to get the outside done this year and finish the rest in the spring. I'll post a few pictures in a few days.
  6. byQ

    What is a Masonry Heater

    Besides being the best, underutilized way to burn firewood in North America? (Begreen I decided to make a new thread instead of derailing the other one).
  7. byQ

    Unsure what to do...

    Ya and burning pine firewood will cause creosote and catch your house on fire. Old wives tales die hard.
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    Move a soapstone Tulikivi to new location?

    webby says you could dampen it, wrap in plastic, and let it sit for a while. The mortar should weaken/fall apart allowing you to pull the pieces apart. I would mark the pieces so you know how to reassemble. Obviously you are going to have to get the soapstone type of mortar. I would call the...
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    Move a soapstone Tulikivi to new location?

    He says slightly used so it must be assembled. So he wants to take it apart, transport it, and reassemble. Ya, he is going to first have to examine how to put something this heavy in his house. If he has a basement he will have to pour concrete, build a block structure, or make some sort of...
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    Move a soapstone Tulikivi to new location?

    Is the stove in pieces or does it need to be taken apart? Is it an unused display or a used stove in someone's house? Is it in another part of the country or within a few hundred miles? What's the story behind this Tulikivi? Is it a big, medium, or a small one?
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    Generally...How Many Cords Does It Take To Get Through The Winter?

    I'm building a house so I'm curious too how much wood it will use. The house has half with a cathedral ceiling so the internal space is equivalent to a 2000 sq ft house. I have a centrally located masonry heater, and an open floor plan. I'm in the rocky mountains (Idaho). The walls are...
  12. byQ

    Tight space wood stove install for supplemental heat (seeking input)

    Interesting read on how the Navajo/Survival stove originated (scroll to bottom if you only want to read about just the survival stove). https://woodstocksoapstone.net/index.php/new-survival-hybrid/36-editorial/111-stove-stories-navajo-survial-hybrid-stove
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    New to wood burning... Got some questions

    The best way to put a stove is in the middle of the space. Also, outside the house pipe sends much of your heat to the outside atmosphere. Best to have the pipe inside with the wood stove in the middle of the house, and to have only the top of the pipe through the roof.
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    New to the forum

    Also, Woodstock is not to far from where you are. They start having sales around this time of year. This company appears to take pride in the performance and looks of their stoves.
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    What is the highest price you would pay for a wood stove?

    Ya it is on here somewhere. I'm not sure how to link. If I build another masonry heater it will have a bench and one of those eco fireboxes (a door and firebrick with air channels to allow air 360 degrees around fire which raises efficiency a few percent).
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    What is the highest price you would pay for a wood stove?

    I wanted a masonry heater but I didn't want to spend a fortune on it. How to do this? I studied, obtained plans, and did a free "3-day apprenticeship" with masons (which means I did most of the dirty physical work they didn't want to do). Once I felt confident with my knowledge, I gathered...
  17. byQ

    Free Wood, But....

    I like cottonwood, and usually have some in my pile. The advantages to cottonwood, 1) You think your chainsaw is awesome - it cuts through cottonwood like a hot knife through butter - wow! 2) You can sell it and say legally, "...dry hardwood for sale...." 3) The bark is actually more...
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    Building a fireplace around a wood burning stove

    I'm no expert, but you could build a core fireplace out of perlite/vermiculite concrete (ie build your wood forms, mix the mud, and pour into forms). Or you could be more conventional and just use lumber/plywood/cement board. Your outer layer could be tile, engineered stone, flagstone, etc....
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    Building a fireplace around a wood burning stove

    That's unusual that you would have such a thick masonry wall behind that stove. What about the floor? I ask because that will determine what kind of weight you can put on it, the floor. And if it isn't too strong, is there a way to do reinforcing below the floor, say with beams/steel? If not...
  20. byQ

    Hearth made of river rocks?

    Given the choice of any material, I like the natural look of river rock above all others. But Webby is right it would be easier to use something more 'shape' constant - like tile, brick, or fake stone. Flagstone would also be easier. If you use river rock, just go slowly to complete the puzzle...
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    I didn't know this: Cat vs non-Cat

    Cats aren't that expensive.
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    I didn't know this: Cat vs non-Cat

    I thought cats were kind of expensive - like $300-500.
  23. byQ

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

    You mean "phase".....Phase 1..... phase 2 .......Phase three.....Phase out." Before 'phase out' wood burners will probably have to buy something like a water scrubber machine (not invented yet) to connect to the pipe to make their stoves zero emission.
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    I didn't know this: Cat vs non-Cat

    10,000 hours = ~417 twenty four hour burn days 6 month burning season, 417/180 days = 2.3 years So change it out every 3 years or less.
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    I didn't know this: Cat vs non-Cat

    Over the lifetime of the stove a non-cat can match a cat stove in overall efficiency. The cat wears out or gets clogged over time and the wood burner keeps on burning thinking its working fine when in fact it isn't. "Emissions from both newer non-catalytic and catalytic wood stoves increase...
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    Creosote buildup

    OK your oak is a year seasoned. This wood has a high moisture content and should be set aside to dry out (2 more years). Do you have any other wood that is dryer? Lowe's sells a moisture meter for $20. Firewood should be 20% or less moisture content. Stick the meter's probes into the middle of a...
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    Creosote buildup

    Most burners season oak for 3 years. You've seasoned yours for 6 months. Hmmm.....
  28. byQ

    What New Wood Stove Technology Would You Like To See?

    And what about a cabin off the grid? And it would be a nice feature when the electrical grid goes down for home owners.
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    What New Wood Stove Technology Would You Like To See?

    The burning science that is being worked on right now (in Europe, mostly) is using wood stoves to create energy, like a PV panel. So for example if you had a power outage you could use your wood stove to run lights and maybe other things. So changing wood stove burning energy into electricity -...