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    Re: Wood stove


    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Yeah, I looked it up there also and was surprised. Maybe the wood I think is beech local to me isn't actually beech. Cause man it's light. Like almost poplar light.
    I wouldn't classify beech as light. Post a pic of the bark if you can. Maybe it's young paper or black birch that hasn't started "flaking" yet? Post a pic, Randy will tell you what it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Reminds me that I need to buck up a big pine this spring. God does that stuff work well at getting the stove up to temp quick.
    A good friend and ex-neighbor owns Reeds Ferry Sheds. Gathering fire starter now requires a phone call. Within a couple days, I have two shipping crates filled with kiln dried 2-by building scraps & remnants. Fuckin' guy dropped of BUNDLES of cedar siding boards, still strapped. All blemished and can't be used on the job. Talk about getting a fire going!

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    Re: Wood stove

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Yeah, I looked it up there also and was surprised. Maybe the wood I think is beech local to me isn't actually beech. Cause man it's light. Like almost poplar light.
    beech seems to loose more weight as it dries, than other northern hardwoods, and I think that red maple that grows in uplands is denser than the same species in wetlands

    just mental observations of mine over the years, no documented studies

    American Chestnut, that looks a lot like beech, is lighter, but doubtful yer burning chestnut, there is very little around after the blight, and even less that is bigger than sapling size (seems to be the size the old stump sprouts get when the blight attacks)

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    Re: Wood stove

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Reminds me that I need to buck up a big pine this spring. God does that stuff work well at getting the stove up to temp quick.
    I have endless supply of pine if anyone wants some, I can't use it in my outdoor boiler. I had a couple 100' tall pines uproot and fall across my driveway a couple years ago. They broke 2 telephone poles and ripped the wires off 2 more poles.

    Sounds like you're mistaking poplar for beach. The bark looks similar, but poplar is very heavy when wet, and as light as pine when it dries.

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    Re: Wood stove

    Ok, heat pump is all hooked up and the system is functioning as designed. Super trick! Right now and throughout the day outside temp was around 40, so the Bosch heatpump is maintaining the house temp. If the temp drops below 35 tonight it will switch to oil. This week I expect it to switch back and forth daily. Next week with the cold snap and single digit temp it will be just oil heat which is nice and toasty.

    The system will never struggle to keep up, and over the course of a season we should burn 40-50% less oil. I'll be curious to see what our electric bill does. That is the wildcard here. Electricity in MA has gotten pretty damned expensive. I hope the system is efficient! If oil is cheaper, I can run just oil.

    They placed the Bosch unit under our deck outside the dining area. The system makes a little noise and vibration like a quiet a/c unit. Having it on the opposite side of the house as our bed means it is completely quiet for sleeping. In actual A/C mode for summer, he said it's much quieter still so it shouldn't be a bother on the deck.

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    Re: Wood stove

    been taking a break form the W-stove this week. 65 degrees with FHW thru cast iron radiators is not the same heat as 65 with the W-stove. W-stove feels warmer and more comfortable says Kate.

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    Re: Wood stove

    Quote Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
    been taking a break form the W-stove this week. 65 degrees with FHW thru cast iron radiators is not the same heat as 65 with the W-stove. W-stove feels warmer and more comfortable says Kate.
    Agreed, nothing is more comfy than radiant heat. Baseboard heat of any kind is the least comfy as its not moving the warm air to where you are living. Not surprised you notice a big difference.

    Forced Hot Air is a big step better as at least the air in the house is being circulated and the warmth is getting to the right places. It's supposedly less efficient due to leakage from the ductwork, but all of our ducts are under living space and leakage just warms the floors. Win/win in my book.

    We were super bummed that we couldn't easily replace our stove, the the FHA system works very well, is nearly as comfy, and requires zero effort. It also filters the air in the house and heats my basement shop to boot.

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    Re: Wood stove

    My biggest pet peve with our hydro air system is the dust. While the system filters the air, it also blows around the dust from everyday life. It's amazing how much dust is in clothing, laundry, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. The only reason we went with the hydro forced air unit, was for the central air. The house felt better with the old baseboard forced water system.

    Also, comfort level is mostly related to humidity level. Wood stoves lower the humidity level much much faster than any other type of heating system. We keep our house at 70 all the time, if I light the wood stove, the temp usually stays the same, but the house feels much much warmer.

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    Re: Wood stove

    Just had ours inspected a couple weeks ago. They said our stove was shit and needed to be replaced, wanted $2300 to replace the fireplace flue, and another $5500 or so to replace the oil flue (though they said just keep that in mind, not an immediate thing). He was cool about it and said he had to quote it as such but wouldn't do it all if it were him.

    I looked into it and the bricks in the fireplace seem easy enough to replace. The flue... never done anything like that myself but the materials weren't crazy expensive, at least for the fire place.

    Thoughts on DIY vs paying so much to have them do it (for the fireplace for now)? I have some friends with some experience doing such things... just seems sketchy with a 2.5 story roof to get up on.

    May end up with a funny youtube fail video at least.

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    Re: Wood stove

    Are you talking about the clay flue in a masonry chimney?

    Did they say why these needed to be replaced and was there a detailed report on the inspection?

    I replaced my oil flue liner a few months ago, in my case it was easy because I have a massive stone chimney with 16x16 flues. All I did was order a 30' stainless liner kit, got up on the roof, dropped a rope down the flue and had someone in the basement pull the flue down with the rope as I guided it in. Hooked the bottom to the boiler pipe, then cemented the pipe in place. The top, I just added to the existing cement cap that was covering the other 3 flues. Cost me about $500 for everything, and the local chimney company want $2500 to do it, plus extra to bring in a masonry for the chimney work.

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