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  1. MissMac

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

    as soon as the cat is active, engage it. that is how the stove is designed to run. somebody smarter on here will correct me if i'm wrong for sure, but i'm pretty sure i got this one :)
  2. MissMac

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

    I would suggest a few smaller fires to cure the stove paint gently. Build a small hot fire to start. I burn pretty much all softwoods, and ran jack pine through my stove the first season i had it - no issues.
  3. MissMac

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

    well i thought i had covered all my bases with the disclaimer - inside, for 2 days, at room temp. not a MC issue, but i agree with some of the other comments about Bf being a very 'rich' fuel and overwhelming the cat. The cat actually did really well with it once engaged, but man, when the...
  4. MissMac

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

    any of you fellas ever run balsam fir through your BK? i just started a small fire, with some balsam in there, and holy turkeys, i swear i could see sap and resin dripping from the cat shield for a few minutes there. ever smokey!! and, disclaimer - every single stick that went in was measured...
  5. MissMac

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

    yup, i've been having small evening fires for the last week.
  6. MissMac

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

    this doesn't look right at all - your cat is warped.
  7. MissMac

    Marking wood for where to cut

    sounds good highbeam - i've heard some of the guys on the BK thread talk a lot about poisoning the cat, so wasn't sure how uptight people were actually being in real life
  8. MissMac

    Solar kiln for hardwoods part deux

    Okay, thanks for the advice - why this particular temperature spread? And i am doing mostly softwoods - jack pine, black spruce, and then also a bit of poplar and white birch
  9. MissMac

    Solar kiln for hardwoods part deux

    let's say about 25 degrees Celsius
  10. MissMac

    Marking wood for where to cut

    Any concerns about that paint coming out of the mingo mucking up your catalyst in your stove?
  11. MissMac

    Solar kiln for hardwoods part deux

    Hey thanks for the reply! What do you mean by this part of your response? I don't follow you here, but i feel like it's a critical piece of info.
  12. MissMac

    Solar kiln for hardwoods part deux

    can you post a few pics of the vents that you punched into the wrap, and explain a bit more how you adjust the venting?
  13. MissMac

    24 inch rounds flying high into the air playing plinko.

    could you drop a few trees into a cluster down by where you want the rounds to stop, and use this as a 'round dam'? You said you have a preferred lane that they're rolling down - just a thought? Drop a few branchy conifers and let your rounds get tangled up in that mess down by your truck...
  14. MissMac

    2018-19 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 2 (Everything BK)

    My first year with my BK i burned jack pine only. If i stuffed the stove full and left it wide open on high, i would get 4-5 hours before reload. Dialling it down to a medium to med-low setting i can stretch that out to 8-10 hours, and on my low setting, around 12-14 hours depending on how...
  15. MissMac

    2018-19 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 2 (Everything BK)

    Hey fellas, anybody have an idea of what would cause a very distinctly yellow fine ash colour on the metal cat shield piece? Cleaned up the stove yesterday and swept the chimney, and when i removed the cat shield plate, it was covered in a very fine yellow ash - just never seen yellow ash like...
  16. MissMac

    10x12x6 firewood shed footings?

    those are the exact footings i used, with no problem. I put about 18 yards of gravel down though to even out that part of my yard, and packed it hard with a bobcat bucket before putting the footings down. no issues. think my house will fall down before the shed does.
  17. MissMac

    BK Ashford 30 Install

    How do I give this a thumbs down?
  18. MissMac

    BK Ashford 30 Install

    Shouldn’t you be measuring the draft with the bypass closed?
  19. MissMac

    2018-19 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 2 (Everything BK)

    You get your door latch all dialed in then? Did you get a part from BK or jimmy-rig something up?
  20. MissMac

    Seasoning 16" Rounds vs Splits

    Here’s an article someone shared with me a while back: http://dec.alaska.gov/media/7558/wood-storage-best-practices-final-report.pdf
  21. MissMac

    Seasoning 16" Rounds vs Splits

    I can tell you from experience that you need to split all of the birch, no matter what diameter. That bark is just too good at holding out/holding in moisture. You won’t get them below 20%MC unless you split them. Anything with bark I’d split at least in half. I’ve left jack pine rounds...
  22. MissMac

    2018-19 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 2 (Everything BK)

    by fluke, i've happened to look up at the cat and have seen the same thing. usually near the beginning of a load. i think it's a phase of the burn cycle where you've dialed down the stove to a point that there isn't enough off-gas in combo with oxygen within the firebox to sustain continuous...
  23. MissMac

    2018-19 Blaze King Performance Thread Part 2 (Everything BK)

    i've wondered/thought about this too. could be the issue/resolution for some folks.
  24. MissMac

    Chain dull in two hours?

    if you're ripping wood, then you want to use a ripping chain. otherwise it will be really hard on your chain and your bar. also dirt on the wood will really dull your chain quickly. always a good idea to give your teeth a couple of quick strokes frequently rather than waiting until you're...
  25. MissMac

    How far do you go? How far would you go?

    in my neck of the woods, unless you know someone with property who will allow you to cut, the norm is that you buy a fuel wood permit from the govt (about $50 - good for one year) and go out and harvest what you need from crown land. there are rules - you can only take standing dead or scavage...
  26. MissMac

    New house & Sirocco 30

    I have the Sirocco 30.1 and got the fans with the stove. I pretty much always have the fans running on a low setting during the winter and find that it makes a big difference in keeping the whole house heated when it's cooler than about -10*C. When it's really cold out, being able to blast the...
  27. MissMac

    Blaze king disappointment

    ya, agreed - i've spent over $500/month up here...