What Is In Your Stove Right Now?

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zmender

Member
Dec 27, 2021
159
CT
25F and heading to teens in windchill, topped off oak and locust with biobrick in nooks. This baby is burning hot! Primary air completely closed and the running on secondary.

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zmender

Member
Dec 27, 2021
159
CT
60F and reload with oak and locust. 20F outside.

Turns out one of my sliding doors in living room was not closing properly - I could see the morning light through the crack and there was an inch of frost indoors next to the crack. Bet that'll help with my living room draft problem.
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
14,821
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Our temp bottomed out at 5.9 last night, this morning was 13.4. The temp in the basement was 73 with the temps up here between 66 - 68.

I set the pellet stove on the lowest setting in the high range, the next time I'll turn the feed rate up higher.

We're back to burning in the wood stove.
 
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,337
Long Island NY
Right now Ash and some left over coals. Need to clean out the Ash so figured I let things die down. Going to try to make a perforated shovel so I can sift out the coals from the ash.
I have this.
Amazon product
 
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NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
826
SE WI
Right now Ash and some left over coals. Need to clean out the Ash so figured I let things die down. Going to try to make a perforated shovel so I can sift out the coals from the ash.
FYI - my purchased coal sifter has diamond shaped holes 3/8x7/8. I am going to try a 3/8" hole first, then go up from there if necessary for one for up north.
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,337
Long Island NY
Last night's oak is done. 39 F for a max today. Home was 70-71 all day. The sunroom (single pane, no insulation) even got up to 70 for an hour or 3 or so, so I worked a bit from there with the sliding doors open. Stove simmered.

I put one misshapen pine split in there, and two small ash uglies to get me to the night reload later this evening.
 

weee123

Member
Oct 19, 2022
71
NJ
Burning down a load of walnut to get coals for the night load. Replaced the door gasket today. Gasket near the hinges wasn’t sealing at all anymore.

It’s like a new stove and burns way better now can’t wait to see what kind of burn times I get now
 

zmender

Member
Dec 27, 2021
159
CT
Couple rollers on my sliding door stuck - now that I pay attention to it, I can see a crack about 3-5mm running along length of the glass door.

Short term I put duct tape length of door both inside and outside. I’ll have to replace both rollers once it warms up outside bit more.

For now I’ve done a hot clean of coal and ashes and running a warm “refire” with 50/50 split of bio bricks and cord wood. Finger crossed for 65F living room tmr morning.
 

moresnow

Minister of Fire
Jan 13, 2015
2,084
Iowa
26F/68F. A load of Ash and Elm just went in. 5 minutes in a we have wisps of smoke and nearly fire. Should be able to hit the rack soon.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,337
Long Island NY
Mix of non-ideally shaped ed oak and pine. 33 F for a low tonight, and tomorrow sunny and 48. So it'll be a simmering day; I'll keep the stove warm for a night fire tomorrow night.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,337
Long Island NY
As i had said, we simmered today. Last night's load is almost done. Pic shows what's left. 20 hrs.

I could have gone for another hour or two simmering, but scheduling requires me to reload for the night (and tomorrow's simmering) now. So oak and pine again. 85 pct full load. 42 now, min of 35 overnight.

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weee123

Member
Oct 19, 2022
71
NJ
Getting actual burn times and a controllable stove now with the new gasket. No more runaways.

Burning black walnut, catalpa, and sassafras. I absolutely hate black walnut. It ashes so much it’ll actually choke itself off. Oh well not much more left.

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Isaac Carlson

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2012
946
NW Wisconsin
There's a reason walnut is used for gun stocks... We burned some one year and it was not great.

I just put a load of oak in for overnight. Teens and single digits tonight. Just had the dog out and it was pretty nippy.

I wish we could see the fire inside the stove. I'm thinking more and more about putting a window in the door and relocating the air intake. It's a summer project of course, but I still think about it. How far can secondary tubes be from the wood and still work?
 

weee123

Member
Oct 19, 2022
71
NJ
I’m definitely less than happy with it. Only reason I even have the walnut in my supply is a buddy took one down and offered me the wood so I grabbed it.
 
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Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
2,239
Marshall NC
I like black walnut. A big one was growing in the meadow, the creek had undermined the roots and it fell over. No rot. I got 5 truckloads from that tree. 22 million BTU/cord. Easy to split and has that funky smell. Not as good as oak, but pretty good.
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,337
Long Island NY
There's a reason walnut is used for gun stocks...
Can you explain that to my ignorance? I thought it was nice looking and tough (not cracking easily).

I read your remark as a response to "ash --> it smothers itself" but can't relate that to other uses...
 
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weee123

Member
Oct 19, 2022
71
NJ
Can you explain that to my ignorance? I thought it was nice looking and tough (not cracking easily).

I read your remark as a response to "ash --> it smothers itself" but can't relate that to other uses...
It is beautiful but it splits just looking at it. Its a dream to split and dries quick and I honestly feel bad burning such a pretty wood.

My biggest gripe with it is how much ash it produces. It’s honestly a ridiculous amount to where I’m shoveling ash out every few days and will smother itself out. A walnut split will cover the walnut split underneath it with ash and hamper it’s ability to burn