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#1 Ephie

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:10 AM

Any wood stove owners out there?  I just got a house that has an existing one,  a Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim. 

I am a complete novice on wood stoves and was just curious if any one uses them and has any tips or advice on operating one.

 

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#2 KlaudeMarks

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 05:49 PM

I had one in a cabin o rented and loved it. My dad also burns wood all winter. Obviously hardwoods are the way to go for long and slow burns, but something like Poplar is good for getting it going. Hickory always burned best for me, but was hard to come by. It's nice if you can process/harvest your own wood, as it's much cheaper than buying.

And I even burned pine a lot. That's a debate about it being dangerous because of clogging, but I just ran my dampers wide open and threw in some creosote once a week. It always burns way too fast, but for getting a fire going quick it's great.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:21 AM

Thanks KlaudeMarks, I am definitely looking forward to using it.

I appreciate the insight on the wood.  Living in a city my tree/wood knowledge is lacking.  In fact I was looking to acquire some books on tree identification, particularly for deciduous trees during winter time.  I came across these two 

https://www.amazon.c...t/dp/1584658525

https://www.amazon.c...n/dp/0394507606

I have a lot of trees around my property so the opportunity will be there to harvest my own I just want to use the best ones.

You did not mention oak, I heard that was very good to burn among the hardwoods as well.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 07:35 AM

Burning in a wood stove takes a little practice, mostly with the cold air drafting. Too much and you get too much flame, too fast a burn, and less heat. Too little and you choke it off and create smoke and kill the fire. Pine in a wood stove is less a danger that a fireplace. The pine tar creates a ton of creosote in the liner which will eventually lead to a chimney fire, which is like a giant blow torch that will burn your house down. Poplar SUCKS. It has a nickname of workout wood. You get a good workout constantly running to add more wood to the fire. It burns very fast, lets out very little heat and will not sustain itself. It also burns instantly to ash and will not make a coal bed. Oak, Birch, Ash and  Beech are the most common eastern species found, and all have a very high heat return. Be sure you season properly. 


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#5 Ephie

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 08:52 AM

Thanks coldwater! That is very helpful.



#6 KlaudeMarks

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 10:52 AM

Also check out the book, Norwegian Wood: chopping, stacking, and drying wood the Scandinavian Way.

A good read about the culture of wood heat in Scandinavia, and also some helpful stuff along the way

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:46 PM

Also check out the book, Norwegian Wood: chopping, stacking, and drying wood the Scandinavian Way.

A good read about the culture of wood heat in Scandinavia, and also some helpful stuff along the way

Funny that you mentioned that, I just ordered it yesterday.  I had mentioned in the Axe section of the Survival/First Aid forum that I had come across it while looking up The Axe Book by Dudley Cook on Amazon.

From the couple of pages I was able to browse on line it seems like a great read.

I also signed up for and have been browsing The Hearth.com forums.  There seems to be a lot of information on there. 

https://www.hearth.com/talk/



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:12 PM

Any particular brand of fireproof gloves that you guys recommend?



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:38 PM

I just use a welding glove. Cheap enough at home depot.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 04:43 PM

I just use any thick leather glove close by

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 05:00 PM

Thanks.




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