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Offline Irwin

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Fire wood
« on: April 04, 2010, 05:42:33 PM »
I went and got some firewood the other day.



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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2010, 06:07:58 PM »
that looks like some nice stuff.  have to admit that i miss the smell of a good wood fire!  i don't miss the work!
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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2010, 06:33:10 PM »
second growth doug fir and yes it smells great. Got a hydraulic wood splitter the only part I don't like is the stacking have to stack it three times before you burn it #1 in the truck #2 in the wood shed #3 in the wood box
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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010, 07:08:25 PM »
Doesn't douglas fir foul up your flue too much?

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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010, 08:06:33 PM »
Good show Irwin!  I've been running my wood stove a lot lately!

Doug Fir never fouled up the chimney here... it does burn fast and creates quite a bit of ash (compared to hard woods).  Not as bad as the willow I burned this winter though ~> tree almost crushed my hives!

I like the smell of burning wood too but now burn these almost exclusively:

with an oil (veggie) drip, like this:


I'm already running my two diesels on WVO, & have a lot of extra oil for heat.  Works great!

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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2010, 10:17:34 PM »
Just what are those bear bars?  Never seen them down here.  We all heat with wood here.  I have a central wood furnace down in the basement that heats the whole house.  We go though a lot of wood!

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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2010, 10:21:28 PM »
dane, i was thinking those might be good for camping?  what do you think?

i switched from wood to pellet a few years ago.  it's great and far more efficient.  less work   :)
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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010, 09:18:40 AM »
Dane how much do they cost a ton. Wood heat is the only way I can get warm. And yes hard wood is allot better for the heat and ash I like madrone http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Madrone
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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2010, 12:11:12 PM »
Here in Colorado we (I) use the pine beetle kill trees.  They are cheep and plentiful.
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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2010, 01:26:58 PM »
Just what are those bear bars?  Never seen them down here.  We all heat with wood here.  I have a central wood furnace down in the basement that heats the whole house.  We go though a lot of wood!

Those fire bricks are made of compressed sawdust ("blend of douglas fir, cedar and hardwood sawdust, as well as forestry residuals harvested from sustainably-managed public and private forest lands located near our factory in Cascade Locks, OR.  ...100% wood with no binders, adhesives or waxes.").  I've used Idaho Energy Logs as well as these Bear Bricks.  If you can get a local source for similar products defintiely check them out.  The extremely low ash production is a definite feature when heating will all wood all the time.  They comparably cost less then hard (e.g. oak) cord-wood here.  Awfully clean & convenient to store as well (compact!).

dane, i was thinking those might be good for camping?  what do you think?

i switched from wood to pellet a few years ago.  it's great and far more efficient.  less work   :)

They might be too efficient for camping, if that makes sense.  They are a very dense heat source.  When I think campfire I think big bonfire & it would take a lot of them to make a large fire.   They are very convenient to transport though and would work, especially for small cooking & heat fires.  
Do pellet stoves work without electricity?  I've heard they heat great but not having heat in a power outage would be a concern to me.

Dane how much do they cost a ton. Wood heat is the only way I can get warm. And yes hard wood is allot better for the heat and ash I like madrone http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Madrone

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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2010, 02:54:14 PM »
i have battery backup and two generators.  i have to be able to run the well and the coffee pot.  after that, the pellet stove  :-D
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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2010, 04:34:09 PM »

Do pellet stoves work without electricity?  I've heard they heat great but not having heat in a power outage would be a concern to me.

No they don't, but they are basically running 2 small fans and a little auger motor (and an igniter on some), so a small generator would run one easily.

Wish I could get bear bricks out here.

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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2010, 10:45:33 AM »
They now have pellet stove's that have battery back up don't know long the battery will last.
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Re: Fire wood
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2010, 11:02:13 AM »
quite a while i think.  you just use a car battery.  the stove doesn't draw much electricity, and it only runs on low with battery back up.  i figure i'll just work my way through every vehicle out there and by then, the power should be back on  ;)

Dane, i am not into bonfires when i camp.  i still have a southern CA fear of fire.  my camp fires are for cooking, keeping the coffee warm, and taking the chill of me in the morning.
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