Effecta lambda 35

chewy Posted By chewy, Jan 26, 2019 at 2:21 PM

  1. chewy

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    Well, as much as I hate to admit it I may be wrong! These pictures are of the first 15 minutes of the burn. I put scraps from the shop that were in the 7% moisture range I filled it probably about a third of the way up and then the rest was small splits. I'll check it in an hr or 2 to see what its reading. I still think it is starving for air a bit, but I'll find more out when I talk to hannes.

    I'll update afterwhile, thanks

    Erin
     

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    Half hour in. Stack temp is low, but secondary is working.
     

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    1.5 hrs in. Stack temp is up and its maintaining 12%. Looks like the wood was the problem.
     

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    Guess your boiler is now clean, but your wood is wet
     
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    2.5 hrs in. Fire almost out. Probably another 1/2 he left.
     

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    That is what it looks like. I haven't experienced wet wood yet and this pile was processed over 2 years ago.

    This fire is only going to last about 3.5 hrs. My next fire I'm going to do less kindling and pull some chunks off of my stack I was using before. Well see what happens.
     
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    Do you store your wood inside?
     
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    No, I dont have room to.

    Here's been my normal routine since I've had the effecta.

    In December of '16 I rented a wood processor and processed enough wood that I'm just starting my last pile from it. I also rented a processor December of '17 and haven't touched that run yet.

    Every couple weeks in the winter I load a trailer with wood and about half of it I resplit and put into old seed bean bulk bags. The rest of the trailer I carry into the boiler room. If it's super cold I can only hold about 4-5 days worth in the boiler room.

    When I start a fire I use kindling to get it going and then fill half of it with the fiber pieces and then put bigger chunks at the top (as the book suggests).
     
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    I think a lot of outdoor wood piles absorbed water this fall, nothing had a chance to season.
    I’d consider some way to store at least a couple cord indoors, or start hitting home builder dumpsters for lumber scraps.
     
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    Probably a good idea. I appreciate the help from everyone.

    I would ask one small favor. Can you not tell my wife I was wrong? It would ruin my reputation!

    Erin
     
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    Look into products like the North Idaho Energy Logs or Red Bricks from Tractor Supply. They can be kept anywhere dry and have a super low moisture content. One pallet is like a cord of spruce.
     
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    Ok, thanks for the info.
     
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    All you wood burners including yours truly:) have seen these same symptoms come up time and time again on this forum yet we blame them on everything else for several days before solving the problem with dryer wood.
     
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    One thing that helps me is after a burn has finished, remove the coals from the firebox of there are any, stack loosely the next burns wood in the firebox, letting it cook for 12 hrs.
     
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    Looks about right considering the super dry / small wood.
     
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    Tom I would agree - I have wood in 2 general categories, 2 years worth in a woodshed. Other wood scattered around my place stacked under a tarp. The wood in my woodshed is burning perfectly, the other wood grew spectacular mushrooms:).
     
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    What's that worth to you:)?
     
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    After tonight our cold spell will be over and I'll be able to try this. That is a good idea
     
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    I've got some wet wood I'll tradeyou!
     
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    I'll do 3:1:), the luxury of 2 years under cover! Glad you got it figured out.
     
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