Saturday, October 29, 2016

Wood Stove Update and Tips


Ok. I had great intentions to answer many of the wood stove related questions I've been asked a long time before now. But here you go! I'm experimenting with putting most of the content in video form. As I look at the stats of what you all view, it seems many people prefer videos to written words and photographs. I prefer the later, but I seem to be in the minority. And recording a video is hours faster for me than writing out the same info. So let me know what you all think!




And if you, like me, prefer photos, don't worry. There will still be lots of those since that is what I prefer.! 


In this shot you can more clearly see where that metal plate I showed you in the videos sits in the bottom of the stove between the firebricks.


And the now burning fire obscures this a bit, but you can sort of see how the edges of the metal plate we added do not go quite the whole way to the edges inside, allowing air to flow out from under it and feed the base of the fire.


The fire braid that we stuffed in the space around the door that had been created for it.


This shot just let you see what the chimney looks like on the exterior of the house.


Above, just a nice glowing hot fire. And below, you can see how if you look up to the top inside of the stove, the flames curls up around and into the baffles that help thoroughly burn (more of) everything in the smoke before it heads up the chimney.




Here's what my pipes did look like the first time I pulled them apart. That is a lot of creosote plugging them up!



Using this little torch, we burned out all that buildup.


Once lighted, there was plenty of buildup in there to burn for a little while. 



After it burned out, here's how much drier and flaky all that build up became. At that point, I was able to brush it out with a chimney brush.



In case you forgot why I have a wood stove? Here's two shots of my house last winter. This time of year is rapidly approaching again!








17 comments:

  1. I like your written words and photos! Love. Hugs

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    1. I also enjoy the written word and photos! Wonderful job!

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  2. Great video! You are very concise and thorough in your explanation of your wood stove. I enjoy your blog very much.
    Take care.

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    1. It's always nice to hear things like that. Thank you!

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  3. Excellent picture & video

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  4. If you wrap that exterior pipe with household insulation and a larger diameter pipe your temperatures will be much higher, then make sure your wood is not higher than 20% moisture content (moisture meters are inexpensive) you are likely to see a drop in creosote accumulation as it will vacate the pipe before as much condensation can occur.

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  5. Were you at the THJ campfire this year in Colorado Springs?? If so I met you, my name is Roger and I invented the Kimberly Stove, Katydid Stove and coming soon the Krikit Stove

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    1. Yes I was, and I certainly know who you are! If I start to get buildup again I will keep the insulation idea in mind. Right now, just burning it hot seems to work. I don't have a moisture meter, but all my wood is dry standing beetle kill and it's dry. Dry enough to light logs the size of my leg out in my fire pit with just one flick of a lighter, no kindling. I don't think I have a moisture problem, but I have never measured it.

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  6. Another great post... thanks
    This piece is a well balanced mix of video teaching, pix and text to highlight the key points of the vid. I am one of your followers that enjoys video, and I have learned a few video and photography tricks from Jason and Niki Wynne who are living their dream. "http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/best-travel-camera-video-photography"

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  7. may sound crazy ,, but .. burn a aluminium can every 3 days and the pipes will clean easy ,, instead of black and sticky it will be brown and dry ,, fall right out for you ..

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    1. Interesting! I might have to give this a try.

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  8. You're right Kathleen, sounds crazy, hope I remember to try it.

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  9. Regarding the wood stove, have you seen the cooments posted about this wood stove? Any regrets?
    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/mighty-mini-12-12-inch-tiny-woodburner.84445/page-2

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    1. I had seen this before I bought the stove actually. I think the stove works pretty well overall. I did also like the Squirrel and Hobbit stoves, but not having bought or used either one, I can't say how they would compare. Maybe they would have less or different issues.

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