I assume when you let the fire go out that you killed power to the system (pump & controls)?We've been enjoying an unseasonably warm period of weather so I decided to let the Hardy go out. Yesterday, we had 68° and bright sunny day. While in the woods we were rewarded with a major score of two red oaks and two poplars that had come down about six months ago. All four trees are massive at over 75 feet tall. They didn't have the consideration to fall parallel to the trail so the crown of the oaks is away from the trail which means that we'll have to hand carry the rounds back through the brush to the trail for hauling to the house where we'll finish splitting.
We were able to get approximately 32 feet from the base of the larger oak bucked into four foot sections and loaded into the back of the pickup truck using the forklift on the tractor. I used my new peavy to maneuver those sections onto the tractor forks. That peavy is a fantastic tool. I doubt that we would have been able to accomplish what we did yesterday if we'd been reduced to smaller rounds we could move by hand. I worked with my wife and my mother-in-law and the three of us were wiped out after six hours off lumberjacking. Feels pretty good to watch the wood pile grow.
We were able to gather almost of pallet of dried dead fall for immediate burning when we decide to fire the Hardy again. There is still a large volume of timber to CSS that we'll have to continue to work on but I'm gratified to know where it is and that we can do the job.
Glad to hear you are safe. I feel like we got lucky to just get 2" of ice/freezing rain. Should be plenty of trees to process into firewood after this storm.I shut down the Hardy three days ago. I was simply too tired of fighting to keep the unseasoned wood burning. I was forced to check the burn chamber almost every hour and the fire went out four times in the last day. It was almost impossible to get the wet wood to restart. Now, we're in the middle of historic winter storm weather with the third storm expected tonight with 3-5" of snow that may include freezing rain. The power has been off for over 48 hours and the furnace would not be working now anyway, but we sure miss the nice warm heat.
Bracing for the next round of rough weather...generator is carrying the load right now with the LP gas logs heating the house to 61°. We're ok, but not especially warm.
Hope y'all are taking care of your loved ones...
We are no longer living on the property where the Hardy furnace is installed. New caretakers have taken residence and they choose not to use the outside wood burner. They will avoid the work required to CSS wood for seasoning and simply rely on the heat pump as well as the propane fired backup generator. To each their own,...
Clancy, you should read this thread about wet wood. It's the best explanation about burning wet wood I've ever seen.I came across this on the net...What is a flame out"? Is it just no flame?..or worse...lol...What moisture should wood be--would is 21 moisture okay? clancey.