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Posted By DeerHunter,
Oct 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM
That one sounds suspiciously like there's an experience behind it
Actually, no. Well, sort of, but more because I've heard of people burning off stuff like that in their stove. We have a firepit outside for that reason. Just burned off a few big cardboard boxes in a roaring fashion and it made me think of it. I imagine it would be quite a (short) blast of heat in a stove.
Before I bought the PE Summit, I used to need lots of paper and cardboard, and 6 or more pieces of fat wood, and then starting with really small pieces of wood to get hte stove started from a flat cold position. Then I had to put paper in the pipe to get a draft going, and if the temperature outside didn't get down to at least 38, I still have little draft and the stove would sputter.
Now, the PE Summit is so easy to start that I can actually burn wood when the temperatures outside are in the 60's. I need either a couple pieces of kiln dried lumber or a little starter brick, and I have a roaring fire in 10 minutes. The newer stoves, or at least my PE Summit, don't need paper and carboard to get them started.
I meant more like..."oh what a lovely Christmas that was, let's shove all the wrapping paper and boxes in the stove rather than throwing it out"....kind of thing, rather than using it as fire starting material.
You're right, of course. In fact, it did happen to me once, back in the 80's (Earth Stove). I had a bit more creosote build-up than I thought and and burned some paper like that and it did give me a thrill when the stove began to roar and the pipe got red hot. Short lived, though. It may even have been around Christmas.