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 on: March 18, 2018, 07:33:40 PM 
Started by MD20/20 - Last post by juddspaintballs
I brought home my 9th trailer load of firewood today for this heating season.  My dad owns a small tree company and keeps the wood at his house.  I go over there, cut it up with his saws, split it with his splitter, toss it into his 5x10 dump trailer with 4' sides (200 cu ft), drag it home, and dump it on my gravel spot in front of the boiler.  A thrown cord is 180 cu ft vs a stacked cord being 128 cu ft, so nine 200 cu ft loads equals 1800 cu ft of thrown firewood, which is exactly 10 cords for the season.  This load will take me into April.  If it's still cold after that, I'll use some propane for the cold nights.  I started burning earlier this year and I'm burning later, too.  10 cords for the season isn't half bad. :thumbup:

 on: March 18, 2018, 06:02:09 PM 
Started by gmmaxim250 - Last post by gmmaxim250
Question for anybody with knowledge of thermal valves on Maxims.
My maxim 250 thermal valve activated due to some clinker build up that I missed causing a back burn, I think.  However, the thermal valve continues to drip.  Any ideas?  If I have to replace the valve, the job just became even more of a problem.  I have cleaned the stove etc, but I can't put it together until the valve is functioning properly.  I am open to all suggestions.  Thanks for any ideas in advance.

 on: March 17, 2018, 08:41:37 PM 
Started by shepherd boy - Last post by MScott
In the winter, I dry my clothes using the heat from my outdoor furnace by simply putting up a clothes line in my basement. I have a fan driven heat exchanger down there to heat the basement and it drys the clothes quickly and easily usually overnight. Also the increased humidity makes the entire house much more comfortable. Since I also use an outdoor clothesline in the summer I have barely used my dryer in the past several years. :)

 on: March 17, 2018, 08:33:51 PM 
Started by shepherd boy - Last post by RSI
I did one once using a 12x12 2 row heat exchanger that I had laying around. I used I think a Whirlpool dryer that has a metal duct from the heater up to the air intake at the back of the drum. You have to take off the back cover to get to this. On electric models, they put the heating element inside this tube.

I removed the heater and cut open 12" of the duct which is about 6" wide and attached the heat exchanger to it.

It worked fairly well but did take longer to dry the clothes than a normal dryer.

I redid the plumbing in my house a couple years ago to remove some major restriction (10 plate) and was able to go from a PL36 pump to a Grundfos 15-58 (then to an Armstrong 20-20CI)
After I did that, there was not enough back pressure to get any blow to the dryer the way it was connected. I never got around to redoing the piping. I will have to put a pump on it to get the needed flow.
If I do hook it up again, I will probably swap out the heat exchanger with a normal 3 row. I am not sure if I will go with a 12x12 again or use a 6x12.

Another thing I might add is a blower to push air through the heat exchanger. Dryers suck air through them so if you get too much restriction on the air intake and/or if it is an old worn out dryer, it will start pulling in cold air around the seals, bypassing the heat exchanger. My first attempt to do this was with an old dryer with a bad drum seal and it didn't work at all.

 on: March 17, 2018, 07:42:46 PM 
Started by MD20/20 - Last post by wreckit87
What the hell happened to this site...it has no traffic, only a few experts and mostly Heatmaster discussions.
It used to be fun to read every day.

We could get Warren to check in? He could try to sell us his treatment or maybe gather some new email addresses????

Hahahahaha! Or maybe brag about how he wrote the new EPA regs that ultimately put him out of business, perhaps try to peddle his illegal leftover stock to some poor unsuspecting shmuck? I haven't heard him tell me how he's the leading hydronic heating expert in the world lately (true story by the way, he totally said that).

 on: March 17, 2018, 06:53:59 PM 
Started by MD20/20 - Last post by Roscoe
What the hell happened to this site...it has no traffic, only a few experts and mostly Heatmaster discussions.
It used to be fun to read every day.

We could get Warren to check in? He could try to sell us his treatment or maybe gather some new email addresses???? 

 on: March 17, 2018, 06:48:30 PM 
Started by shepherd boy - Last post by Roscoe
I once heard that a heater core from an 80's Ford escort could be hooked up efficiently. I think I heard it from a guy pushing Natures Comfort stoves............years ago. 

 on: March 17, 2018, 05:43:46 PM 
Started by MD20/20 - Last post by Maple Mike
Im fairly new to this site and I still check in weekly. I too enjoy this site.
I frequent a maple forum that is hammering with activity this time of year and then drops off in the summer months

 on: March 17, 2018, 01:28:35 PM 
Started by MD20/20 - Last post by E Yoder
If this site could update to something a little more "modern" looking might help. I'm a believer in something like this where info is stored and searchable later. But it is kinda old in appearance. I think Marty said updating would be quite a challenge.
 But I'm not heading to FB.
Keep posting heat550, I'd like to see the copper underground running.

 on: March 17, 2018, 12:14:12 PM 
Started by d5knapp - Last post by mlappin
Wonder what kind of probe you'd need to tie it into your data logger. Reburn temp log would be really cool..
I've seen it go over 2200 in a lab.

Youll basically need one that will handle up to 1350C which will put you in the 2400 degree F range.

Will have to be a custom made one. I plan on adding one right over the viewport. Cant get it long enough to actually get under the nozzle unless you removed the thermocouple before opening the door. I figure a 10 long will make it thru the door with a few inches to spare inside the burn chamber. Gonna run about $64 with a two week lead time. I already have the MAX31855 amplifier boards to work with the Raspberry Pi, just need to get a board over to a friend whos a code monkey by choice and see if he can make it work with Cayenne.

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