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

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charger4406

Feeling the Heat
Dec 25, 2011
273
southern Quebec
After 6 yrs my bricks are in worst shape then those, some of mine have lost a third of their thickness.
And this is with a minimum ash depth of an inch over the bricks.
In my case I believe it is because when I get clinkers they stick to the bricks, and when I clean
the ash out of the stove it pulls a layer off the bricks.
I never had this problem with the bricks in my other stoves.
 
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chemie

Feeling the Heat
Aug 11, 2018
268
New York City
After a successful sweeping and cleaning of the bk after 7 years of service I found some deteriorated floor bricks. I’ve never seen this before. The bk bricks are a low density looking thing but there is usually a lot of ash under the coals. Is everyone else seeing this in their bk stoves?

I know that the bricks are two layers thick on the bottom and I could flip these over if I want.

Oh and the back corner welds look nice and fresh. No sign of corrosion or pitting.

After our first year, this is what we have.I am not sure if it is normal. IMG_1765.jpg
 
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kennyp2339

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Well more or less another 10 weeks before the 1st test fire / rainy cool day burn here in NWNJ.. amazing how fast all this goes.. bring on 2019-2020 season!!
 
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moresnow

Minister of Fire
Jan 13, 2015
1,922
Iowa
Well more or less another 10 weeks before the 1st test fire / rainy cool day burn here in NWNJ.. amazing how fast all this goes.. bring on 2019-2020 season!!

Let's not get to hurried on cold season! To much fishing to do yet
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,730
Philadelphia
Let's not get to hurried on cold season! To much fishing to do yet

We’re in the doldrums this week. Counting on some more nice windy weekends for sailing, before we pack it in for winter.
 

moresnow

Minister of Fire
Jan 13, 2015
1,922
Iowa
Sailing is on my bucket list. Do you have pics in a appropriate thread?
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
6,304
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We’re in the doldrums this week
So true, the weather here the past couple weeks makes me feel like I've been stuck in a loaded BK firebox with an active cat... it just wont quit here.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,730
Philadelphia
Sailing is on my bucket list. Do you have pics in a appropriate thread?

It’s never too late to start, and I guarantee your local club is always looking for crew, no experience necessary.

Sailing has been discussed in a few threads, perhaps these two are best:

Sailboat

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?sh...dex.php?threads/Sailboat.175209/&share_type=t


Storm chasing & Sailing, Stan Honey on the Comanche

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?sh...an-Honey-on-the-Comanche.175598/&share_type=t
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
91,395
South Puget Sound, WA
There is a thread or two on sailing in the Inglenook. Unrelated to BK stoves.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,730
Philadelphia
Uh... hence the links to other threads, above. Relax begreen... burn season is coming! [emoji41]
 

jetsam

Minister of Fire
Dec 12, 2015
5,321
Long Island, NY
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The BK thread is the best because it is less under threat of death by moderation than your average thread. Unfortunately posts do still get squished, but it's safer than average for hearth.

I know you see it as curation for the sake of future readability and searchability, begreen, but I think the best parts of what I enjoy here would be lost if every thread was strictly on-topic. Search functions are (now) sufficiently good that I can find info on X in a post titled Y, anyway.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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Yes, it can be a pain to wade through pages of off-topic chatter when going back looking for something.
 
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Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
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Philadelphia
Yes, it can be a pain to wade through pages of off-topic chatter when going back looking for something.
I think you're inventing a problem, begreen. We have ample evidence to show that folks rarely actually go looking for something, they just come here and ask it again. At least 8000 of my 14k posts are answering the same eight questions, 1000 times each. :p

Anyone up for a cat vs. non-cat debate? How many cords of wood someone will need per year? Cracked baffle or depleted cat? Issues wet wood, or photos of custom artwork on a Woodstock? How 'bout a sticky BK thermostat knob? Oh... nevermind, I smell my Ashford calling. ;lol
 
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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I was thinking BK specific info. There are several specific insightful responses on bypass adjusting, thermostat. etc. If one wants to chat there is a place for that. It's why the Inglenook was created. Folks wanted a place to shoot the chit.
 
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webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,085
Indiana
After a successful sweeping and cleaning of the bk after 7 years of service I found some deteriorated floor bricks. I’ve never seen this before. The bk bricks are a low density looking thing but there is usually a lot of ash under the coals. Is everyone else seeing this in their bk stoves?

I know that the bricks are two layers thick on the bottom and I could flip these over if I want.

Oh and the back corner welds look nice and fresh. No sign of corrosion or pitting.
The BK bricks are much softer than traditional bricks. Pumice based I think? There must be a reason for it. Some other brands use it as well. On the King and Princess you can just flip the bricks if you want, other models only have one layer of bricks though.
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,085
Indiana
Better insulation = hotter fire, better coal retention.
Then why do only a few use it? I know the answer.. I’m just curious why more manufacturers aren’t on board with it. Bottom line most likely...
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
Cost. Pumice brick is 3x the cost. We may see more as stove makers are trying to eek out the last bit of performance and clean burning in their stoves. Quad and PE have been using pumice brick too for a long time.
 
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webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,085
Indiana
Cost. Pumice brick is 3x the cost. We may see more as stove makers are trying to eek out the last bit of performance and clean burning in their stoves. Quad and PE have been using pumice brick too for a long time.
And Napoleon, only because it’s the only way to pass emissions...
I agree, it’s likely to become more common, as well as Skamol products. Jotul looks to be full of Skamol.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
19,538
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
The BK bricks are much softer than traditional bricks. Pumice based I think? There must be a reason for it. Some other brands use it as well. On the King and Princess you can just flip the bricks if you want, other models only have one layer of bricks though.

As long as this erosion is normal, I’m okay with it. It’s not happening very quickly and since I have two layers of brick it will probably never wear all the way through!
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,085
Indiana
As long as this erosion is normal, I’m okay with it. It’s not happening very quickly and since I have two layers of brick it will probably never wear all the way through!
It’s normal.
 
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