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Offline hedgerow

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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2018, 12:32:06 PM »
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We are in the same age group. I haven't bought propane in ten years. If I have a major failure with my Garn I am probably done burning wood. Like you said the cost of these units is high and I am running out of help to cut firewood and clean pastures. Our house is pretty well insulated and my shop is too. We would just get used to running the thermostat at 68  instead of 76 like we do burning wood. 

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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2018, 07:31:32 PM »
This is my homemade outdoor wood burner. 


 
 this is the draft door made into the ash door.

 
 

this is the solenoid that opens the draft door.
 the solenoid is hooked to the thermostat in the house. When the house calls for heat it opens the draft door. When the house gets up to temp it shuts and fire dies down. Stove works really good. I burn mostly dead dry red oak mixed with green red oak.
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2018, 07:19:48 AM »
Ya Hedgerow, it would be pretty hard to spend 10K for a new OWB at my age or older but we also have other wood burning options.

I still cut the bulk of our needs by myself but I have diesel powered hydraulic assistance ;D which at the end of the day makes cutting 2 loads of wood less work than 1 with 100% mussle power.
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2018, 08:39:35 AM »
Butch, at 67 I've got a few years on you and I also wouldn't buy another OWB but don't regret the one I have. Oil prices are lower now than 8-9 years ago and I have more money now so while I still enjoy cutting wood I don't worry about totally heating with it. Often I have the OWB burning and only heating my "man cave shed" that doesn't use much wood and sometimes I open 2 valves and throw a switch and heat the house for a week or two depending on how the wood shed looks, I'm mostly just having fun.
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2018, 09:27:27 AM »
I gave $600 for my Bryan outdoor stove used and in 4 years have only had to put gaskets in the door.   ;D

Going to be looking hard at a big boiler for the new house though...  Seen some where the top folds up and I could load it with the skid steer or tractor.   :o   8)
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2018, 01:07:48 PM »
Home built splitter oil tank is higher than pump.  Little warmer yesterday 35f I put a magnetic heater on hydraulic tank next to where oil leaves tank to go to pump.  Still needed either to start engine but it started.  With the hydraulic oil heated a bit engine pulled much easier. Reason in my mind for where I put heater is if the oil by the tank outlet was warm enough to get engine started the rest would warm up when I was splitting.
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #26 on: December 15, 2018, 11:26:35 AM »
What are you running for oil,SAE 50WT ?At 35 degrees F if that engine was in tune and the oil was not stiff as mud it should start  right up .I have 8-9 gallons of Dextron in my splitter which has nothing to do with dry firewood . ;)

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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #27 on: December 15, 2018, 11:50:46 AM »
Also nothing to do with burning dry wood, but I burned my DanG hand this morning on the insert door.  DanG!!!  :-X
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #28 on: December 15, 2018, 12:11:03 PM »
Green wood woulda worked just fine for that MM.
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #29 on: December 15, 2018, 12:25:18 PM »
Another Magicman injury!

gspren - your post categorizes my feelings exactly.  I am still heating full time with my OWB, and will use it as long as we still are friendly toward one another.  But I would not purchase another at age 67.  I hope to get another one or two years out of both my body and the OWB.  Further, I hope to scrap the OWB long before I discard the former.
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2018, 08:49:22 PM »
Come on Doc I'll soon be 71 and I'm still kicking but I'm not feeding an outside burner with a big appetite .

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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2018, 10:40:33 PM »
Still feeding my  classic at 75 and hope to for a few more
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #32 on: December 16, 2018, 07:55:07 AM »
But I would not purchase another at age 67.
I didn't quit doing anything at age 67.  Matter of fact, still haven't.  ;D
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #33 on: December 16, 2018, 12:51:14 PM »
I might want another OWB,but don't know if I could afford to buy another one. I bought mine just before the price of everything went up and 25% or more. That was 2007.
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« Reply #34 on: December 17, 2018, 08:21:23 AM »
I might want another OWB,but don't know if I could afford to buy another one. I bought mine just before the price of everything went up and 25% or more. That was 2007.
That was sort of the point in why I wouldn't buy a "new" one now but 9 years ago it made sense. Heating oil was 30% higher and the stove was 30% lower so a 3-5 year payback was easy if you didn't buy the wood which I didn't. Now I can't see a payback much less than 8-10 years.
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #35 on: December 17, 2018, 11:40:19 AM »
It's an expense/duration to pay-for-itself issue as well as a back issue with me.  I don't know how long I'll be in our current house, which is way too big now that the kids are moved out.  I expect w'll be here for another 3-5 years, because we love it, but that's not enough time to pay back the cost of a new OWB.  I certainly will use my 2300 as long as she lasts.

By the time the heating season is over here (April), my back is ready for a vacation.  Yet I enjoy the prep of the wood throughout the year, and I definitely don't mind heading outside to feed the beast.  So I'm not as creaky or frail as it may have sounded in my earlier post.  I just do less buckin' and splittin' than I used to do.
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Re: Burning dry wood
« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2018, 04:59:48 PM »
To tell the truth I think most of us who are the first part of the baby boomer generation  aren't quite as active as we once were .I know I'm not .


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