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Posted By BrowningBAR,
Dec 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM
On the corollary, why do they make non-square fireboxes. My trapezoidal one drives me crazy.
I'm not so sure it's the squareness you like but the 3.5 cubic ft
I know that's why I like mine. I got short little arms so I load mine N/S. On E/W loading I'm up to my armpit before I can reach the back of the stove .
No, it's the squareness.
Shorties are a pain in the ass with the 3.2 cu ft firebox located in the other room.
I finally went thru my short log's now back to normal size splits that fill the stove.
Sure hope someone installs one of these big puppies soon. It's a good looker with the Alterra style door on it. I'm curious how it does vs the marketing claims.
I want square corners. No pretty angles please. I like my stove but omg those corners make me crazy.
The half-moon firebox design of the Encore and Defiant can be a pain as well when you are trying to pack a tight firebox.
Yes I'm a skeptic but 90lbs in 4.4cuft box (if it really has that much useable space). Possibly if there are no ashes and each piece is the heaviest wood. I measured my average splits that are 21-24" long and they weigh 5lbs ea.(no oak in the pile). So that is 18 splits to make 90lbs. My 30" Elm is easily over 5cuft and although I've never tried I doubt I can get 90lbs in. The 36" Elm would easily do it.
Sounds like the box is bigger than the BKK and I'm pretty sure we've had BKK owners weighing 80lb loads.
I personally have no interest in a stove that takes a 22 inch split, 6x8 or 8x8 rectangles/squares that I split weigh enough at 16 inches, I don't want to deal with the extra weight adding by 6 inches to those. The extra seasoning time would also be a downer for me.
I weighed a load of dry oak before putting it in the 30-NC years ago and tight loaded it was ounces shy of 60 pounds.
Those troublesome splits that are fatter at one end fit perfectly.
I bet the other night i had at least 50 pounds of red oak it produced a nice secondary burn.