2014-2015 Blaze King Performance thread (Everything BK)#2

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Fastdonzi

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Feb 18, 2015
208
East TN
Id rather have too much draft and have to Clam the stove shut, rather than have Not enough Draft and have to run Semi Open burning up the Load faster than expected..
 

Wolves1

Minister of Fire
Nov 15, 2014
546
Malverne ny
Can somebody give me an idea what a princess stove would run with installation and a flue going straight up about 14' total and 3' of it sticking outside the house. Also would like to know if it is possible to run 14' flue or does it need to be higher. I do understand it would be a ball park figure.
 

begreen

Mooderator
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Nov 18, 2005
78,125
South Puget Sound, WA
Professionally installed rough guess would be $4400-5000.
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
78,125
South Puget Sound, WA
Yes, with flue, but no hearth pad. It might work ok with 14ft., but it wouldn't hurt to add a couple feet for ensuring good mild weather performance.
 

Poindexter

Minister of Fire
Jun 28, 2014
2,049
Fairbanks, Alaska
Agree with begreen. Manual should be online at bk.com. 14 feet is probably under minimum recommended height.
 

Wolves1

Minister of Fire
Nov 15, 2014
546
Malverne ny
I'm doing an extension a room about 30 feet by 18. I have an insert in the house now the regency ci2600 I burn 24/7, a lot of people have had problems with the stove my stove burns beautiful. I'm putting a free standing stove in the extension, I'm undecided about what stove to put in if I should go with the regency stove same as the insert or a BK. My cousin is a regency dealer so I can get the stove for a really good price, I also don't know if there is a BK dealer near me on Long Island. I hear really good things from you guys here. Is there any negative things about the princess.
 

BKVP

Minister of Fire
There are dealer(s) on Long Island. PM me and I can put you in touch with the right person(s).
 
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Fastdonzi

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Feb 18, 2015
208
East TN
Thats Service right there :)
 

sequoia

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Apr 10, 2015
130
Iowa
Probably depends a lot on the operator, not every bk owner is so fascinated that they come to this site to perfect their operating technique.

Ex. Opening loading door before allowing cat to cool.....
Is it recommended to open while cat is active?
 

Back 40

New Member
Oct 7, 2014
6
PE Canada
Hi there,

I'm considering the princess insert. I have a fireplace opening that is 24" height and 36" wide. Does the height of my opening concern anyone that has installed this stove? My research gives me the feeling that the connection to the flex liner is going to be tight. Also my chimney is 22' exterior north facing in good condition with clay liners. Oh I live in PEI, Canada. Does anyone have this insert connected to a stainless flex liner with a similar exterior chimney setup. The stove is not common, at least as far as I can tell in this area. An installer said the un-insulated liner will be fine. I just didn't get the vote of confidence from this fella when he said that. I'm wondering about draft and creosote buildup. I'm most concerned about the draft. My wood furnace that is in the same chimney drafts great.

Has anyone ever installed the insert in a tight fireplace by connecting the flex liner first as closely to the final position and then slowly moving the fireplace into the final position having another person on the roof pulling the liner slowly. I have a straight run in my chimney, with a small bend.

I would love to speak to someone over the phone if that is possible. Send me an email. Originally, I was going to install a Pacific Energy Super 27. But the burn time and the comments have caused me to take a second look at this project.

Does anyone have experience with the princess insert and super 27?
 

Missouri Frontier

Feeling the Heat
Feb 5, 2013
310
NW Missouri BFE north of KC
Ok BK fans. She's entering her 3rd winter as our sole heat source, we feed her Hedge she keeps toasty all winter. Goes to prove you get what you pay for. Quality all the way. I'll now climb off the soap box....someone please explain how to right these pics that keep coming up sideways and up side down
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kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
4,386
07462
Are up loading with a I phone? If so when you take pics turn ur phone sideways, with the push button facing the right side.
 

Missouri Frontier

Feeling the Heat
Feb 5, 2013
310
NW Missouri BFE north of KC
Are up loading with a I phone? If so when you take pics turn ur phone sideways, with the push button facing the right side.
I am using an I pad I'll try it.....any mods if you have a second would you turn that picture over for me? Thanks
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
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Nice setup, sure wil do good with that hedge, I got the pleasure of burning some last year, burned nice and hot, I do a lot of oak, maple, ash, and birch
 
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Missouri Frontier

Feeling the Heat
Feb 5, 2013
310
NW Missouri BFE north of KC
Nice setup, sure wil do good with that hedge, I got the pleasure of burning some last year, burned nice and hot, I do a lot of oak, maple, ash, and birch
You talking the softer maples or rock maple. I've heard that stuff is serious. I've never had any though
 

BoilerMan1812

New Member
Sep 15, 2014
19
IN
I'm real close to pulling the trigger on a king classic with a blower...most of my wood for this year is hovering around 20-22% as of today (hoping it breaks <20% by fall)...will this be ok in the King? I would have no issue burning it in the old Fisher but don't want to be disappointed if my fuel is not good enough
 

Missouri Frontier

Feeling the Heat
Feb 5, 2013
310
NW Missouri BFE north of KC
I'm real close to pulling the trigger on a king classic with a blower...most of my wood for this year is hovering around 20-22% as of today (hoping it breaks <20% by fall)...will this be ok in the King? I would have no issue burning it in the old Fisher but don't want to be disappointed if my fuel is not good enough
Burn the driest you have. 22% will work fine. Would you notice the difference if it was dryer? Yeah. But even at 22% the king will run circles around the competition when it comes to burn time and even heat. I've become a huge believer in the burn in or "char". Let that wood get good and charred all over before cranking her down. That char period will also allow any creosote bulld up( like there will be any lol) to burn out. U will love that stove
 

Scoutin Wyo

Member
Jun 3, 2014
63
WY
So my neighbor comes over last night while I'm splitting wood and asks why I'm splitting my 8" diameter rounds. He says that he never splits rounds that are 10" or smaller diameter. He burns a monster old school stove so he likes to throw in big rounds to extend burn time. We are each are burning lodgepole pine and douglas fir. The Hearthstone has such a small firebox I had better luck splitting things down to small sizes so I could cram more of them in the box. Now that I will be burning the princess this winter I'm starting to wonder if I should keep some rounds unsplit. Are any of you guys that burn dry beetle kill pine having luck with whole rounds? The lure of a few less rounds to split is tempting...
 

Missouri Frontier

Feeling the Heat
Feb 5, 2013
310
NW Missouri BFE north of KC
So my neighbor comes over last night while I'm splitting wood and asks why I'm splitting my 8" diameter rounds. He says that he never splits rounds that are 10" or smaller diameter. He burns a monster old school stove so he likes to throw in big rounds to extend burn time. We are each are burning lodgepole pine and douglas fir. The Hearthstone has such a small firebox I had better luck splitting things down to small sizes so I could cram more of them in the box. Now that I will be burning the princess this winter I'm starting to wonder if I should keep some rounds unsplit. Are any of you guys that burn dry beetle kill pine having luck with whole rounds? The lure of a few less rounds to split is tempting...
I don't run beetle kill pine but, I'm sure it's dry. so no reason to split for that. If you are going for long burn times you might want to split so as to more fully fill your fire box. I imagine large dry rounds burn just as good as dry splits though.
 

BKVP

Minister of Fire
Splitting into smaller pieces increases combustion surface area and shortens burn times. I would recommend a mixture of both large and small....so long as the wood is dry...20% or less MC work....
 

Isaiah53

Member
Jun 6, 2014
90
Northern CO
I burn a lot of bettle-kill lodgepole in my Ashford 30 and I almost never split it unless it is really large diameter. Almost all of it is under 10". As long as it has been dead for a couple of years, it burns well un-split. It definitely gives you a longer burn. I only use the large pieces on reloads once the cat is well in the active range and I have a good bed of coals. I would be a little more hesitant on a large Douglas fir only because it seems to retain moisture a little longer than the pine.
 
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