Ugh, 100º up in MI, wow. Have some cold ice tea for them.
Good news on the stove. That was pretty quick.
Looks great and the added hearth protection out in front is always welcome.I see why these guys are the top rated in the area according to Google reviews. Extremely professional, extremely clean install, and quite quick. Approximately 2.5 hours for entire install. I chose not to butt the hearth pad to the wall on purpose -- I'd have to relocate a floor vent otherwise.
I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to use it!
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Looks good. And congrats on the inspector actually noting something that is a safety issue. You have now a better, safer installation because of the inspection.
Good modern stoves (like yours) are efficient*because* they burn complete and don't push heat up the flue. So you won't loose much with double wall.
Please post some.pics of the first fires. Note to do that when it's warm enough to open windows because it's going to stink (paint curing).
Follow the manual regarding first fires (so the bricks dry out properly, the paint cures properly etc).
And make sure you have a moisture meter; best to burn below 20pct moisture content but up to 25 pct should work in this stove, if needed, imo.
It may take a few fires to bake the paint in. Try to take the stovetop up to 550 on the third fire.figured the first 45-50F day we get, I'm gonna light a fire, open the window behind the couch and have the box fan sitting on the couch and pointing out the window to pull all the stink out... I hope.
34 pct oak won't be ready this winter. If this is the first year for that wood (split, stacked, covered), it may or may not be ready next year....
Try to get all stacked up that you will need for two (or better three) years as soon as possible. Lotsa work but after you get ahead you'll only have to work on whatever you need per one year. And the burning will be so much more satisfying (and clean).
Slab wood is good to dry quickly for the first (two) years.
But you may already know all this - I didn't read back the long thread...
Standing dead ash certainly doesn't mean it's going to be dry. In my experience the top is usually really dry but the bottom parts of the main trunk can still be really wet. And if it has started to become punky it can all absorb allot of water