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

Poindexter

Minister of Fire
Jun 28, 2014
2,096
Fairbanks, Alaska
And we're off!

I got no predictions for weather this year. Everything messed up, but I am sitting on eight cords around 12 or 13 % MC and am not worried.

Stay safe y'all.

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snaple4

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Dec 18, 2017
171
AR
... I need to read everything in the other post before this one gets huge.

I want a bk but got a Summer's Heat 2000 for almost nothing. Will see how this thing does for a few seasons as I save up so I can better guess what size/model to get.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
3,023
Downeast Maine
We joked that if the storms come through with a lot of wind we might light the stove, but you did it for real.
 

Poindexter

Minister of Fire
Jun 28, 2014
2,096
Fairbanks, Alaska
Hottest July ever recorded in Alaska, but all my plant and animal indicators are showing first frost is only days away - and my wife was in long pants with her knee caps covered standing inches away from the charcoal grill while I was cooking dinner last night.

I did just half a load at wide open throttle, but the wife was back in shorts and smiling.
 
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kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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All is well in the world now when @Poindexter is the first one to start the burning season
 
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Ashful

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Mar 7, 2012
15,110
Philadelphia
Should his “first fire” post be the first one of the 2019/2020 thread?
I think that’s the tradition, now...

I still haven’t shoveled out the ashes from spring, or swept my flues. Plenty of summer left, here. Lots of sailing to do!
 
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BKVP

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I tried to touch base with him while in Fairbanks.....he must have been splitting wood!
 
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jetsam

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Dec 12, 2015
4,309
Long Island, NY
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I'm transitioning to being a supplemental heater this year- the roof started leaking, so time for a new roof plus solar- which means free electric heat.

I feel like I'm being demoted out of the cool kids' club here, but I am sure my back will thank me. :)

I'll still be burning all season, but the stove's staying on low this year instead of being the only heater.

This season I'm on year 2 with a steel cat, and year 1 with a (homemade) steel cat gasket, which probably performs worse but which allows me to pull and clean the cat for free. We'll see how that goes!
 

Alpine1

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2017
312
Eastern Alps, Italy
Steel cat gasket??? Do tell...
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,110
Philadelphia
I'm transitioning to being a supplemental heater this year... I feel like I'm being demoted out of the cool kids' club here, but I am sure my back will thank me. :)
I went “supplemental” four or five years ago, and it’s been great. My wood usage dropped to ten cords per year, and I just load on a pre-determined schedule, which amounts to three loads per day between the two stoves. The oil-fired boiler modulates the last few degrees of heat requirement atop that stove base charge.

On weekends, when I might be home more, I’ll have fun running 4-5 loads in a day. I find I can actually fully heat the primary spaces of this house with two BK’s in most weather, if I were willing to process and load another 50% more wood, but I have no interest in doing that.

In my case, it’s saving me oil money ($3k+ per year), which is a little different than your scenario. I suspect you’re talking about dropping off farther than me, maybe 1 load per day instead of your current two, but it can work similarly for you.

I didn’t even know there was a cool kids club, that’s just how un-cool I really am.
 
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
79,590
South Puget Sound, WA
We run supplemental during the shoulder season when it makes sense to do so. Running the heat pump costs less than burning wood and it's much cleaner.
 
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jetsam

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Dec 12, 2015
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Long Island, NY
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Will you be running a heat pump with your solar panels and using the energy stored into batteries at night?
No batteries since my utility will give me 1:1 net use credits (so my extra power generated during the day earns me free power at night). I am just doing a standard homeowner grade grid-tied setup. I already had a generator for power outages, and the idea of not maintaining and regularly replacing $15,000 worth of batteries is sure nice.

No heat pump yet (will be doing minisplit HVAC next year), just bad old resistive space heaters until the minisplits get installed.
 
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jetsam

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Dec 12, 2015
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Steel cat gasket??? Do tell...
Piece of stainless sheet metal folded over and jammed into the crack. Thermal expansion is allowed for by the sheet metal being much thinner than the gap, and "hinged" on the fold.

I imagine a small amount of air gets through but you sure can't tell the difference from watching the plume outside.

I wanted this because I found that even using small gauge rubber tubing, I could not reach to vaccum the entire cat out without replacing a $10 gasket, and the steel cat is requiring a couple vaccum jobs per year.

It does not carry the BK Seal Of Approval. :)
 
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Highbeam

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Dec 28, 2006
16,474
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Piece of stainless sheet metal folded over and jammed into the crack. Thermal expansion is allowed for by the sheet metal being much thinner than the gap, and "hinged" on the fold.

I imagine a small amount of air gets through but you sure can't tell the difference from watching the plume outside.

I wanted this because I found that even using small gauge rubber tubing, I could not reach to vaccum the entire cat out without replacing a $10 gasket, and the steel cat is requiring a couple vaccum jobs per year.

It does not carry the BK Seal Of Approval. :)
Would be great if bk could figure out a Woodstock style reusable cat gasket. I don’t have cloggage issues but I would be more inclined to acid wash.
 
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webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,514
Indiana
Piece of stainless sheet metal folded over and jammed into the crack. Thermal expansion is allowed for by the sheet metal being much thinner than the gap, and "hinged" on the fold.

I imagine a small amount of air gets through but you sure can't tell the difference from watching the plume outside.

I wanted this because I found that even using small gauge rubber tubing, I could not reach to vaccum the entire cat out without replacing a $10 gasket, and the steel cat is requiring a couple vaccum jobs per year.

It does not carry the BK Seal Of Approval. :)
That certainly doesn’t sound Bk approved..
I guess you’ve lost me. Why are you going to supplementary wood heat? You are getting some solar, but what makes you think you’ll not need the wood heat? Is the solar up and running already?
 
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jetsam

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Dec 12, 2015
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Long Island, NY
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Did your ceramic cat clog up too?
I didn't think so for a couple years, but when I pulled it to give it a vinegar bath, I discovered that it was ~20% plugged on the back side in the unreachable (top) corners. So short answer no, long answer a little. The amount that it plugged did not cause noticeable plugged-cat behavior; I was surprised to see it.

The "plug" brushed off easily with a soft brush.
 

jetsam

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Dec 12, 2015
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Long Island, NY
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That certainly doesn’t sound Bk approved..
I guess you’ve lost me. Why are you going to supplementary wood heat? You are getting some solar, but what makes you think you’ll not need the wood heat? Is the solar up and running already?
I won't need anywhere near the same amount of wood heat. Wood has been 100% of my heat in this house unless we're out of town; this year I plan to run the BK on 24 hour loads and make up the difference with electric heat.

We'll see how it goes; as I don't have any hvac in the house yet, the heat this year will be all resistive and less efficient than a heat pump.

I'm switching off of wood for some part of my heating load because I'm going to have excess power generation anyway, and my back needs a break. I'll know in a couple years exactly what fraction "some part" is.

Don't worry, I'll still be splitting wood... but because I want to, not because the alternative is burning oil. :)

Solar should be online in a couple months.
 
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Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,110
Philadelphia
I'm switching off of wood for some part of my heating load because I'm going to have excess power generation anyway, and my back needs a break.
In more interesting news, I dragged home another 5000 - 6000 lb of oak and hickory today. I’ve honestly lost count of how many trailer loads I’ve moved this summer, it’s been 2-4 loads per week since mid-June. This one includes a 22” dia x 15 foot stick of the densest white oak I’ve ever cut, it must have weighed close to 3000 lb, my tractor had a heck of a time dragging it off the trailer.

Sorry, forgot to get photos of this load, an old repeat will need to substitute. The pile in that first photo has doubled in size, since the photo was taken, and now there’s three piles of nearly the same size.

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pjohnson

Burning Hunk
Oct 2, 2013
120
I know this has been asked hundreds of times but I can’t seem to find cat seal and door seal. Just cleaning the stove up the nights are starting to get chilly up north. Thought I’d pull the cat out and clean it up and a keep a door seal on hand.
 

showrguy

Feeling the Heat
Aug 2, 2015
377
Marysville, Pa.
I know this has been asked hundreds of times but I can’t seem to find cat seal and door seal. Just cleaning the stove up the nights are starting to get chilly up north. Thought I’d pull the cat out and clean it up and a keep a door seal on hand.
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