It's super easy to pick out of there after you've had some experience. On the new models they doubled the size of the ash plug. I don't see the advantage personally. With the original size I found it very easy to separate usable coals from ash, now big coals will go right down with the ashes.Holy crap a rookie with post number 5, wooohooo! Still gotta install my new glass and replace all my gaskets. Might be orderig my second king ultra for upstairs and run them both on very low. Last year my downstairs was at 90 so that my upstairs can bewteen 70-75, I mean that was the 10-20 degree days. Currently spray foaming to fix up air leaks. Very happy with the stove and burn times especillay for a new burner and all the new information i have absorbed and turned into reality.
Only thing I need to get better at Is cleaning the ash via the ash pit and hole. Hey VP you guys should encorpaprate a design so you don't have to open the doot to clean the ash. Some type of push pull lever from the outside that opens and closes the ash hole lol. When the ash levels get high its kinda hard to find the little hole to lift the bracket up or whatever you call it. Then with the door open and sidting the ash around chit goes all around the place. I have great ideas if you wanna a new employee blaze king !
Neither have I, with cool nights and burning hanging around well into June, here. Don't think I will, at this point.I have t cleaned mine from last season. Maybe one of these weekends. Suppose to be low 90's here tomorrow.
Any chance of splitting too small? I'm used to handling might large splits from my Jotul days. Going to be cutting about 20 cords of splits down from 20 - 22" lengths, over the next two years, to fit the new Ashfords. Wondering if I should also start splitting smaller, on new stuff.Poindexter said:My mm broke again, Im without hard data; judging by how the stove is running I split small enough again.
FWIW none of the mods here has a BK yet and all are heating 24/7 in the winter. For now I have a simple, attractive, paid for, low maintenance stove that does the job well. 24 hr burn times don't mean a lot to me. I actually enjoy tending the stove 2-3 times a day. I do like the Ashford's quality and appreciate good efficiency. Maybe when the Ashford finally has a good satin blue-black enamel I will "get it".With that said, the brotherhood here at Hearth.com are second to none! (Except Begreen...I have to get him to get one of our stoves so he can "get it".)
Retirement must be WONDERFUL! Thank you BeGreen.FWIW none of the mods here has a BK yet and all are heating 24/7 in the winter. For now I have a simple, attractive, paid for, low maintenance stove that does the job well. 24 hr burn times don't mean a lot to me. I actually enjoy tending the stove 2-3 times a day. I do like the Ashford's quality and appreciate good efficiency. Maybe when the Ashford finally has a good satin blue-black enamel I will "get it".
Really? You've made it quite clear that you use a heat pump for heating until low temps. That makes you a part time retired wood burner in my eyes. The shoulder season is where the BK's really shine and all I hear from your house is the heat pump buzzing. Being all retired and wanting to reload 2-3 times a day defeats the benefit of the long burn times.FWIW none of the mods here has a BK yet and all are heating 24/7 in the winter.
Hey, don't drag me into your pissing match!Ashful has to run a boiler full time in spite of 24/7 burning.
I sure hope you're right! I'm afraid that the "slower" convective heat from the Ashfords will have a hard time overcoming the heat loss through the masonry structures.Hey, don't drag me into your pissing match!
I'm actually anxious to see how a convective stove changes that balance. You've seen the Flir photos of the outside of my house, showing just how much energy I was radiating off the back of those Jotuls into the exterior stone work. Running a convective stove should reduce that, and depending on exactly how much, might make a noticeable difference in how much oil I need to burn each year.