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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #60 on: January 30, 2009, 01:32:16 PM »
What ever you do stay away from the Vogelzang there chineese junk.

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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #61 on: January 30, 2009, 03:44:35 PM »
Wish you hadn't mentioned that.  I don't quite care for most the Vogelzang line of woodburners and shied away from them. 

However, being an ancient, discriminate collecter of the finest of chinese junk, I will now have to reconsider. :)
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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #62 on: January 31, 2009, 10:43:50 PM »
Wood Stoves?  I use "Ashley" brand stoves.  I have three of them.  One in the main part of the house, one in the basement, and one in my shop.  The primary heater has been in use every winter for 29 years, with no service or parts replaced.  I have spent most of my 62 winters with wood heat.  Why would I possibly want a catalytic unit? 

Also, I always burn green wood, can't think of any reason why I would want dry wood.  (I do keep some fine-split dry wood for fire starting, left over from the previous year--- but in cold weather, there is no fire starting, just continuous fire.) I check the flue about twice per heating season.  The only action I ever take is to clean the (uninsulated) flue cap.  My wood mix is about 70% red oak, 20% white oak, and 10% hikory.  Much of my wood is from blow down trees.  My favorite wood is red oak rounds (not split) that will just barely go in the stove door.  Also, I can't see much reason for a powered wood splitter-- I still use the same "Sotz Monster Maul" that I have had for 30 years.

Wood heat seems simple, easy, and ultra-low cost to me.


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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #63 on: January 31, 2009, 10:51:29 PM »
the newer "secondary" air, or "catalytic" stoves are so much more efficient than the old stoves.

I look at the old style stoves as plain wasteful when I can compare to how well the new stoves suck the heat out of wood.  if it's above 20F outside, I can heat my 1800sf house for 24 hours with a few armfuls of dry firewood.  The green stuff doesn't do too well in the newer stoves, though. 
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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #64 on: January 31, 2009, 11:05:04 PM »
Have you ever tried heating with only dry wood?  Green wood burns longer because the moisture inside has to boil out.  The energy consumed boiling out the moisture so the wood will burn is energy that could have been used to heat your home better.

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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #65 on: January 31, 2009, 11:47:49 PM »
In theory I use dry to get the iron and fire brick up to temperature and then run greener wood on warmer days and overnight (so it'll hold heat as long as possible).  Once the floor is in and we've got our big stove running I suspect I'll have to reevaluate my position on that.
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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #66 on: February 01, 2009, 12:02:33 AM »
I keep a lot of kindling around, mainly cutoffs from the woodshop, and more so, strips left over from edgeing on the mill.  I cut them to length, and that will get a fire ripping fast and turns to coals quickly, then you can toss in dried split stuff.

I like it when my chimney is only putting out a vapor.
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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #67 on: February 01, 2009, 05:37:14 AM »
With the temperatures in the 20's a couple 8" rounds of nice dry maple/beech/Y birch lasts for over 8 hours. No the furnace fan isn't on all the time either. I could if I wanted to turn on manual fan, but that's just wasting juice. With this mild weather (versus -25) it's real easy on the wood pile.  Every time I go down to the basement I have a nice bed of coals and could probably wait another 2 hours before reloading. 8) Hmm my 7.5 cords of dry versus the neighbors 30 cord of green. Seems like a big difference to me. :D
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Re: Woodstove Brainpicking
« Reply #68 on: February 01, 2009, 01:25:39 PM »
Burning green & wet wood is just making more work for yourself & dosn't produce near the heat dry wood does. I've been guilty of both, but only when It's been forced upon me..... smiley_chop....Cheyenne
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