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

BKVP

Minister of Fire
Just a quick follow up, after a couple of loads I’m still learning, but my burn times are getting better, pic below is what was left at 12hrs yesterday, cat just below active. Was up on the cat and shut down within 10-15min after a reload of mixed softwood. I’m still baffled at how to get a 24hr burn!! Need to modify my damper, as even with it shut all the way I still draft at .10” I will say it is heating the house nice, much more even temps between upstairs and downstairs as compared to the summit.
Please post a picture of your full load.
 

BKVP

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rdust

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Feb 9, 2009
4,533
Michigan
That's a great looking load!
Pulled some pieces off my cribbed ends of the shed which I don’t do unless it gets cold. I hate having to build the ends! ;lol
 

rdust

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Feb 9, 2009
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rdust

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Feb 9, 2009
4,533
Michigan
Nice. That's almost full. ==c
You have no idea how bad the spot on the left bothered me. I “almost” went out and split a filler piece but figured a piece weighing a pound wouldn’t gain me much. :)
 

vwmike

Feeling the Heat
Oct 7, 2013
293
Chilliwack, BC, Can.
Did you add those washers on the hinge pins under the door frame? I added them to mine but they weren't on there from the factory in 2012. It helped the gasket line up with the stove front better.

Your firebox looks like mine after being stirred and about 18 hours burning on low with straight doug fir. With an ashier wood like red alder that coaling stage lasts much longer. My chimney is only 12' tall so my draft strength is surely lower.

Normally, that many coals will be enough to keep the cat meter well into the active range. When your stove is stone cold, does the cat meter point to the bottom mark of the inactive range? I'm worried that your meter might be under reporting.
Yes I added the washers after reading it on here and checking my alignment it was also lopsided. I’ve been obsessing over my door since rebuilding it,I think it’s really good, I don’t see any signs of leaking.

I don’t think it’s a wood issues, it’s 18 month seasoned mixture of pine fir hemlock maple, measure 15-17% and leaves behind no unburnt coals just ash.

I have a labelled condor cat meter seems to read ambient temp when stove is cold. During a 12 hr burn it’s only active about 8-10 of those hrs.

When reloading, I close the bypass once flue temp are above 500, cat lights off right away, I also close the pipe damper. I turn it down to 2.5, if I leave it wide open I can see flue temps in the overfire range of 1000. After 10-15 minutes I’ll dial it down to the O in normal.

Overall it’s working good, I can definitely see and feel the difference of how my summit would waste so much heat and wood those first couple hours when hit temps of 700-800. My house is warmer when I wake up in the mornings now, and I’m amazed how long the princess stays hot when other stoves would be ice cold!
 

shoot-straight

Minister of Fire
Jan 5, 2012
730
Kennedyville, MD
When you burn heavily coaling wood like oak, locust or hickory- too much ash becomes an issue. The coals sink in and cool off. They are smothered. I shovel out partially about every 3-4 days with a full clean out every 2 weeks or when weatherand burn cycle allow.

One reason I really Like a mixture of soft and hard woods. I use one to balance out the other.

Right now it's all oak. Heat pump hasn't run since first week of November. I think I got some crap accumulated at the very top- need to sweep. I can Tell, it gets a bit sluggish when i close my damper. Been burning low for a while so it's not unexpected.

getting to work on 2022 and beyond tomorrow. 2 cords of pine to pickup and at least 5 cords of white oak to buck and transport!
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,404
Philadelphia
When you burn heavily coaling wood like oak, locust or hickory- too much ash becomes an issue. The coals sink in and cool off. They are smothered. I shovel out partially about every 3-4 days with a full clean out every 2 weeks or when weatherand burn cycle allow.
Hey SS, check out this post I made earlier about a grate to cover the ash plug hole in a BK Ashford. It makes cleaning ash out of the stove without losing your coals a breeze. I just cut every second bar out of the grate using a cutoff tool, takes 30 seconds, to get a reasonable grate spacing that will allow ash to fall thru. It’s definitely worth a try, if you’re cleaning out frequently.

I came from owning several Jotuls with a grate floor to the BK’s with their ash plug system, and I wasn’t really a fan of it at first. In fact, I’m still not. You lose too many coals down the hole, while trying to plow ash into it. But I have a solution.

I bought a 3-7/8" diameter cast iron floor drain grate (https://www.mcmaster.com/2413K1), removed every second bar from that with my die grinder, and now I just drop that into the hole when it’s time to plow ash. I’m able to rake the ash and coals across this grate, allowing the ash to fall into the pan while keeping my coals in the stove. It works brilliantly.

When done, simply use the plug lifter tool that comes with your stove to lift the hot little floor drain grate out, and set it on your hearth to cool while re-installing the plug.

If BK wants to start selling these, or supplying a similar thing with their stoves, it would go a long way toward helping the users with this chore. I’d only expect a $1 royalty for each unit sold. [emoji14]