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
I paid $199/pallet (1944lbs) @ Coastal
. 12 Bear Bricks per tray, 81 trays per pallet, 972 total Bricks per pallet. Each Bear Brick can produce 16,000 BTUs of heat