Wood Stoves: what's new in the world of wood heat.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by A-Bone, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    We had one of those growing up on our furnace in the basement... I can't believe those aren't standard...

    It's basically the KLR milk-crate of wood heat... :lol3 So cheap and simple, you don't know why everyone isn't doing it... As a cheap Yankee... I can't believe I don't have one now...

    For those that haven't seen one: it is basically just an air to air heat exchanger open to the indoor air... thermostatically controlled to run only when flu gasses are above a certain temp...

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  2. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    What year is your KLR?
  3. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    In the low 40's last night... almost started a fire.... getting pretty close to lighting one up
  4. dirtyoffroad

    dirtyoffroad Been here awhile

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    I heard 33 in Berlin,I'm ready for the cold.
  5. kobudo28

    kobudo28 Banned

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    48 here in the Upper Valley at 5 AM this morning. Due to too many health issues going on in my house, I didn't get any wood this year. :(: I have about a 1/2 cord of really dry stuff and that is it.

    I don't burn as much or as hard as you do, but I do enjoy a good wood fire. There is nothing like it.

    I have a small Free Flow in the cellar that I run in the fall, weekends, and spring. I don't think it is going to get much use this year without any wood. :lol3
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    MudWalker Long timer

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    I lit up the Equinox two nights in a row now.....................was cold out damn it! The only oil I am going to burn this year is gonna be when we are out of town.
  7. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Yeah.. Kinda looking forward to getting the big stove going for the year..

    Only about .5 cords left to stack... as a matter of fact.. in honor of this thread..and because wifey-poo is getting her hair done afterwork :lol3, maybe I'll finish it up tonight....

    Chimney sweep called this weekend to set up a cleaning.. dude is like clock-work every year...
  8. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Maybe by the end of the year I'll un-crate my wood stove and install it. :lol3

    I could've been in long johns this morning. This time of year always gets to me- anything under 50 and I'm freezing. Fast forward to spring and I'll be in shorts and a t-shirt when it gets to 50. :norton
  9. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    Anyone tried one of these? Any good?

    Hope it's not 205

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  10. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    Good for you .... I'm not. Another year on and still haven't got a backup heat source.
  11. small_e_900

    small_e_900 Amanda carried it

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    I bought a pellet stove this spring. I'll have to install it pretty soon.

    I don't have any wood for the wood stove. I'm going to try those bio-bricks this year.

    It's either going to be an easy season or a very cold one in my house.
  12. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    It's finally cooled down here, only 90 today, bring it on down and warm up. :D
  13. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    You can keep the heat. I'll keep my long johns and deal with the cold. :lol3
  14. kobudo28

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    I've heard of bio-bricks before but I have not seen them around here. Anybody tried them? Comments?
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    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

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    Basically worthless.
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    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I bought a couple of tons for a fair price from someone who was moving south during the last oil scare. I'm keeping them as a backup for the next oil price scare. Anyway, I've burned some, and they're great. They burn really hot, so you better have a good, tight stove that you can throttle back. I haven't looked lately, but I've never seen them for a reasonable price. Way more than cordwood or pellets. I'd like to find a good way to burn pellets in my woodstove. I've seen some gadgets for that, I'd like to know if any work well.
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    kobudo28 Banned

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    Thanks for the feedback. Right now I've seen them for sale at $280 a pallet, one cord of wood basically. Around here, the current price per cord for dry hardwood is $250. They have some advantages over wood: they are dry, less smoke, less ash, take up less space for an equal cord, stack easy, etc.

    My stove is not an airtight model so burning them might be a problem. I might buy a bag or two and see how they work.
  18. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    That does seem reasonable. Be careful burning them, try just two bricks at once to start with.
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    nephron countercurrent exchanger

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    love the vertebrae, but hard to think of a worse fireplace design.