2020-21 Blaze King Performance Thread (Everything BK)

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Diabel

Minister of Fire
Jan 11, 2008
3,252
Ottawa, ON
I think @Poindexter should get the honors of starting the 21-22 thread this year, when Alaska is ready to burn, then we're all ready to get started, what does everyone think?
The east coast might be ready before him. A friend had an eve fire in his insert last week….it was 12*C! Very strange weather. But P. gets my vote!
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,487
Eastern Long Island NY
Bark is Biomass. Makes lots of ash, but heck it's a Blaze King King 40, plenty of room for bark!

Hm, time to update the manual...? Remove cordwood mention and replace with (any) biomass?

I'm serious, while those boards are not too far off, it is adamantly not cordwood.
 

BKVP

Minister of Fire
Hm, time to update the manual...? Remove cordwood mention and replace with (any) biomass?

I'm serious, while those boards are not too far off, it is adamantly not cordwood.
It will be!
 

Poindexter

Minister of Fire
Jun 28, 2014
2,366
Fairbanks, Alaska
Have him check in. At 90 pages, it will get started at the beginning of August regardless.

I don't really feel the need to start a new thread. I would probably get the title wrong anyway.

I do rather enjoy closing down the open thread with current to me climate observations, and happy to leave it to @begreen to get the title correct for the new thread.

So far I have zero migratory birds headed south over head. This is Wednesday I think ( I am on staycation this week), Monday was still hot enough to wish my home had AC. Generally we have two weeks of summer around July 4 hot enough for me to wish for AC. This year it started in May and was still going strong at the beginning of this week.

However, pics are fireweed. The fireweed finished blooming yesterday, it is all over facebook up here. Fireweed starts blooming in late April, and just keeps blooming and blooming all summer. When the fireweed stops (finishes?) blooming, the first killing frost is two weeks away. It is possibly the most reliable seasonal indicator in Alaska, and it is done for 2021.

I remember my first summer up here, around 08-01, one of my friends said winter was just around the corner. I disagreed, pointing out the fireweed was finally blooming at the tip of each stem. He said, "Yup, when the fireweed finished flowering the first frost is two weeks away." He has been right ever single year. If we really do get a first frost in mid August moose season will be epic stupidity this year.

Enjoy. I have seven cords seasoned, just waiting to light the fuse.
 

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Poindexter

Minister of Fire
Jun 28, 2014
2,366
Fairbanks, Alaska
I'll ask him when I land in Fairbanks in a couple of hours...but I support it!

Done and done. Still making room in my garage for my new snowthrower, urgently. How soon do you fly back out?
 

Poindexter

Minister of Fire
Jun 28, 2014
2,366
Fairbanks, Alaska
FWIW my first fire is typically in the "20s" of August. I read somewhere this summer the Artic is warming twice as fast as the reast of the planet. I have seriously considered pulling the siding off my house so I could put up an external vapor barrier, and then reinstall the siding and put in central AC this summer. The good news is I have a bumper crop of raspberries from the long hot summer, the bad news is installing an external vapor barrier on my house is cost prohibitive.

@BKVP , there is no Guiness anywhere in Fairbanks today. I have looked everywhere. If I invite you for dinner pending outbound flight we will have to drink beer for girly man.
 
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
89,475
South Puget Sound, WA
Done and done. Still making room in my garage for my new snowthrower, urgently. How soon do you fly back out?
If you want to start a new 2021-2022 season thread, please do. Otherwise I will open it up in the next few days. With current AK temps we may have to invite some folks from Thule, Greenland to start posting.
 

BKVP

Minister of Fire

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,487
Eastern Long Island NY
I thought it a good idea to note here that the 21-22 season thread has been opened:
 
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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Thanks. And this one is now closed for business.

Gone fishin'!
 
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