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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    For the record.. I don't have anything to do with Woodstock Soapstone... I don't know anyone that works there, I don't play a stove salesman on TV, I'm not dating the owner's daughter.. nuthin...

    I'm just a happy customer that is glad to do business with a nice local business..
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  2. Death Dealer

    Death Dealer Been here awhile

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    bump for 6" of snow last night!
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  3. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Yeah ... boi....

    We're almost a month into the season...both stove are running right now...

    The main stove has been running real nice like since I adjusted one of the internal parts that controls air flow...

    No snow yet... but almost ready to put the grade stakes in and put the snow tires on...

    I've got a feeling that the snow is going to come early this year.....and I don't think I am the only one...
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  4. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    shaddup you!:thwak
    well- I guess it can come early if it leaves early. Now that we want to pour a foundation I'm sure the ground is gonna stay frozen till June.

    Waiting on pricing on a Keystone and Fireview. We'll see what happens...
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  5. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    Damn, you just had to say the S word. I really need to get my free tractor and snowblower here so I can fix it.:lol3 Have the woodstove, and it is in pretty decent shape, just needs a scuff and a squirt if you know what I mean, and some new rope gasketing. Should have it installed in the next few weeks, and then my oil bill will go down significantly. Just got 220 gallons a couple of weeks ago for $660 :eek1. Need more wood!
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  6. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Hey I didn't say I was looking forward to it... I'd be perfectly happy if it just snowed enough to make everything white...

    You can pour in sub-freezing temps these days... getting the foundation dug might be a little tough... You guys must have a hydronic ground thaw system at the DPW just in case :lol3 ...
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  7. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Nope.... We just beat the ever-loving shit out of the backhoe :deal
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  8. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Fucking city workers...
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  9. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Beautiful stove, Bone. :tb


    We run a Jotul Kennebec insert in the fireplace. Keeps our home nice and toasty all winter, for less money than it would cost to keep the house at 64 on gas. We used to scavenge or get a grapple load, and I may get back to that when the kids get to be school age, but the past couple years we just get cut/split dropped. Run 4 cord or so a year.
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  10. Bryn1203

    Bryn1203 Dances with spaniels

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    We have generally lost our connection with wood fuel and southern England is about 3% woodland and most people use oil or gas because its easy just to flip a switrch........but of course dino fuel prices are going up big time.

    Most houses have a wood/coal fireplace which most people only use to supplement the oil/gas but now wood is making a come-back. Environmentally friendly - sustainable - relatively cheap.
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    he Europeans have not lost touch with wood fuel like us Brits & they make some pretty good stoves.
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  11. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    I get to go into wood burning mode in about another week and a half or so. Back to the Cabin in CO. I'm looking forward to winter.
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  12. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    I'll be burning wood more and more often now that winter has set in.

    I have a heluva time lighting the stove without filling the house with smoke because of the downdrafts, though, so I might have to add another joint of triple-wall (which I really don't want to do because it'll put the chimney cap so high I won't be able to access it without a bucket truck), or a Monsoon Cap:

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    I've never been let down by one of these in this windy country.

    Actually, now that I think about it I'll get one of these and, if necessary, another joint of pipe.
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  13. adam_c_eckhardt

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    Well, we could raise water and sewer rates more to afford a ground thawing machine, which takes hours or days to make the ground digable (people don't like to hear "sorry sir, but we can't fix the water line until that machine thaws the ground- might not be ready for two days.") We could also raise taxes more and fund the machine that way. Our department does pretty well because our pay is based on water bills, but we're already being told "Work with what you have." quite a bit when we request a new tool. Right now when we need a torque wrench we have to drive across town to the highway department and borrow theirs because our broke and we can't afford a new one till next year.

    I know you were kidding around but I just felt like running my mouth.:lol3
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  14. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    Well that is what happens when you use the torque wrench as a hammer. :lol3

    Our water department has a camera for inspecting pipes and such, and they were checking out a drain to see if it was in decent shape to reuse. Apparently there was an obstruction, because when I got there the water department guy was using the camera to try and bash his way through the crap in the pipe, and then was complaining about the junky equipment they have. He was complaining especially about the little plastic cover on the camera that is taped on because someone broke the original latching system.

    Been working away on my woodstove. Really slick Hearthstone. I have about 5 hours into it cleaning up the cast iron with a wire brush in a cordless drill. Would probably be faster to use a wire brush in an angle grinder or something, but there are a lot of tight spots that the drill comes in really handy. She is cleaning up really nice, and it is also letting me fix hinges and stuff as I go along. I am hoping to get it operational in another week or 2, but to clean it up right, and to fix things right it is going to take a little time.
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  15. A-Bone

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    you're at work typing this aren't you?
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  16. A-Bone

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    Sweet.. this is the one that was free??

    Let's see some pics...
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  17. A-Bone

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    Classic.. I just had to re-read that...

    Spend two hours back and forth (requisite stop at DD...both ways of course) to borrow a $75 tool... and then I supposed you have to return it...

    So in total you've spend $260 bucks (if you assume your guys cost ~$65/hr which is right in the ball park of acutal with pensions and all)...to borrow a $75 tool...
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  18. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    You got it! And I feel kinda dumb for that vent because I found out that they ordered us a new torque wrench today.

    I should change my user name and start a public works thread.:deal For the most part I'm proud of the work we do, but there are definitely a few things that have room for improvement.

    EDIT- NOT TYPING ANY OF THIS FROM WORK LIKE YOU ARE.:lol3
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  19. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    I'll snap some tonight. I wish I had taken a "before" shot, since she was pretty rough. I haven't done the door yet, so that should be a good representation of how it looked before.

    Hey Adam, if you do a public works thread I can join in now. I am a part time employee for a town that begins with S and ends with pee. :lol3 I get to play with da Hydro plant there.
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  20. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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