A few updates in regards to wood stoves and me

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Fsappo

Minister of Fire
Apr 9, 2008
4,331
Central NY
Since the last time I was actively posting, Fireside Chatts took on the Blaze King line of wood stoves. Just to offer an opinion from the retailer side..

In regards to performance, I have only sold and used the Chinook model. Everyone who has bought one seems to love them. Even though there is a 30 hour + burn time claimed, I have yet to be able to do it without the cat temp dropping too low.

18-24 hours is very easy to do. Thats 20 or so hours on one load of wood, convection fans on medium (pretty quiet) and nice steady heat. 20 hours after loading to have real hot air blowing into the room with a good bed of coals is very satisfying.

Easy to use and I think worth every penny. I havent been with them long enough to experience longevity, servicing etc but so far I am a believer.

Love those stoves.

It is due to the comments on Hearth.com that I decided to give a cat stove a try. Seems like I got some sound advice.

Thanks!
 

markinpdx

New Member
Jan 24, 2012
17
Oregon
Good to hear, a Chinook may be in my future.
What do you consider "too low" for the cat temp?
Do you think running the fans on low or off would make a difference on length of burn?
What has been the feedback on ash pan vs. no ash pan? Any problems with the door and bypass handles? (Others have reported some glitches.)
 

Fsappo

Minister of Fire
Apr 9, 2008
4,331
Central NY
Basically when the probe needle is below the active range (and I can go outside and see smoke!)

I havent noticed a difference in convection air speed impacting the burn time.

The ash pan is nifty. Very cool design. Worth the money? I'd say so if I was already spending over $3k for a stove. Zero glitches on any components yet, but only put 2 face cords thru it.
 

markinpdx

New Member
Jan 24, 2012
17
Oregon
Hey thanks, sounds good.
The smaller Chinook 20 is also coming out; if proportional, might expect to see burns in 12-16 hr timeframe.
 

TX-L

Burning Hunk
Sep 1, 2010
243
Tug Hill State Forest, NY
Franks,

Good to hear your endeavor into BK was worth it; I wondered how that was working out this winter.
I have only sold and used the Chinook model. Everyone who has bought one seems to love them.
I'm surprised not one person opted for a Princess or King. Maybe next year you can hook up a King for the showroom? Then you can wow your customers with that 30 hour burn time... Yes, really. This whole heating season I have been on 24 - 28 hour cycles between filling. I turn the air full open, rake the massive firebox coal load forward after 24 hours or so and the stovetop will get to around 500 for a few hours, each and every day. I am surprised that more people don't have them, until I remember the price. Even so, I consider it my best house investment ever.
 

BrowningBAR

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
7,609
San Tan Valley, AZ
Franks said:
Since the last time I was actively posting, Fireside Chatts took on the Blaze King line of wood stoves. Just to offer an opinion from the retailer side..

In regards to performance, I have only sold and used the Chinook model. Everyone who has bought one seems to love them. Even though there is a 30 hour + burn time claimed, I have yet to be able to do it without the cat temp dropping too low.

18-24 hours is very easy to do. Thats 20 or so hours on one load of wood, convection fans on medium (pretty quiet) and nice steady heat. 20 hours after loading to have real hot air blowing into the room with a good bed of coals is very satisfying.

Easy to use and I think worth every penny. I havent been with them long enough to experience longevity, servicing etc but so far I am a believer.

Love those stoves.

It is due to the comments on Hearth.com that I decided to give a cat stove a try. Seems like I got some sound advice.

Thanks!

Could you post some photos of the Chinook? There are along one or two available from BK and one owner here posted his. Kind of hard to see how it looks and how big it is from what is available online.
 

Fsappo

Minister of Fire
Apr 9, 2008
4,331
Central NY
For the cost difference, everyone has opted for the style of the Chinook. The King I have in the warehouse and just cant bring myself to bring it into the showroom yet. I need to clear out some space first. If I was ever going to put a wood stove in the house, it would be a King in my basement.
 

Fsappo

Minister of Fire
Apr 9, 2008
4,331
Central NY
BAR, I'll try to snap a few tonight and post them if I dont get fed up with the resizing thingie. I may even light a fire first.
 

Fsappo

Minister of Fire
Apr 9, 2008
4,331
Central NY
Ok, not sure how the photos will line up with the captions, so I'll just do it in a few posts. The first two show the buildup on the glass from the last attempt at a 30 hour burn. Creosote starts at the lower corners and builds towards the center and upwards. The glass normally will be about 1/2 clean and will clean itself with a brisk 1 hour burn.

It also shows the nifty slide out ashpan (filled to the brim!)
 

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BrowningBAR

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
7,609
San Tan Valley, AZ
Franks said:
Come back 20-25 minutes later, it looks like this
You blurred the full external shot out of spite, didn't you! :lol:

Seriously, though, thank you for taking the time to post the images and the added detail about the stove.
 

Jags

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Aug 2, 2006
18,060
Northern IL
**sigh** So much brains, so little looks. Sorry Frank, I just can't adjust my likes enough to have that in my living room. Man, how I wish BK would come out with a cast "looker".
 

BrowningBAR

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
7,609
San Tan Valley, AZ
Man, that side view do not help defend itself from Jags comments, that's for sure. There is an all black option, right?

It was also look a lot better with stove legs.
 

Fsappo

Minister of Fire
Apr 9, 2008
4,331
Central NY
It could look like Oprah on stilts and I would still install one in my home, just based on the performance. If I want to see something good looking, I stare at my wife.

They could make a 4CF cast iron beast though and have a winner. I'm sure they are thinking about it.
 

Jags

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BrowningBAR said:
Man, that side view do not help defend itself from Jags comments, that's for sure.
Don't take me wrong - I really like the stove from an engineering point. I think it is a fantastic design, internally, but if I brought that home and told SWMBO that I was gonna put that in the living room, it wouldn't be pretty.
 

Jags

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Aug 2, 2006
18,060
Northern IL
Franks said:
They could make a 4CF cast iron beast though and have a winner.
Hey - I got a thought. We just got the attention of BK's VP on another thread with a member posting a pic of his wife in front of a BK stove. Maybe you could do that with your wife and we can start up a cast stove conversation with him??? :cheese:
 

BrowningBAR

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
7,609
San Tan Valley, AZ
Jags said:
BrowningBAR said:
Man, that side view do not help defend itself from Jags comments, that's for sure.
Don't take me wrong - I really like the stove from an engineering point. I think it is a fantastic design, internally, but if I brought that home and told SWMBO that I was gonna put that in the living room, it wouldn't be pretty.

If I could find one use, or if my budget was larger, I would have a hard time passing up a princess or a Chinook for the walk in fireplace.
 
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