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General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Exhaust fan set up
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:03:39 PM »
I’ve seen a handful of some very nice exhaust systems for outside wood burners that bring the smoke coming out the door outside through a wall or ceiling for the people like me who’s wood burner doesn’t have an exhaust set up on it.  Is there a place to buy one or where do you get the parts?  I like the ones that have the long skinny opening that mounts above the door!

General Discussion / Tornado
« on: June 12, 2017, 08:01:03 PM »
We had a large tornado set down 5 miles from our house and wipe out the small towns to the east and west of us.  Pretty much a disaster here.  The lord was on my side tonight, even tho we have no power our home is safe. 

Here is the beautiful aftermath that one can only see after a tornado.  This picture was not edited.

Got info from RSI from a place that sells treatment local to me.  Anyone try this stuff before?  It is his newest line of treatment.  It comes with chemical indicator color and it colors the water pink and the slip of paper that comes with shows different shades of pink  indicating how much chemicals in the water. It's supposedly also has triple protection which coats of the steel with the steam of the water to protect the top of the boiler and also fight sludge and deposits plus a ph balancer.   Now I know most treatment does this but but I was wondering is if anyone has tried the stuff in general and if it is any good or did I just buy some snake oil?

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Which test kit
« on: March 31, 2017, 04:31:52 PM »
Would any of these test kits work for my outside wood burner?  They all test what I need to test but I'm not sure if the range of nitrates goes high enough. They only claim 50ppm.  If not where can I get the right test kit for me?

Fire Wood / What kind of wood is this?
« on: March 15, 2017, 02:00:55 PM »
 Does anybody know what kind of wood this is?  It is extremely dense and heavy.  Burns extremely hot with little smoke and leaves a very bright orange coal bed, so hot my ash pan was glowing orange.

Equipment / Bought a new wood splitter today.
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:12:10 PM »
Got me a new 30ton brute splitter with 28" ram stroke.  Has a9.5 hp engine on it.  Picked it up for 800 bucks at a clearing inventory sale.  Came in a huge box and took my little Jonny Deere all it had to
Lift it out of of truck box.  Weighs 1700 pounds, hopefully it's gonna last a while.

That being said anyone interested in a 22ton speeCo with a 5.5 Honda?

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Fire drum wear and tear?
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:15:48 PM »
What's everybody's Honest opinion on the wear and tear to the fire drum by letting the fire go out completely and cooling the fire drum  to outside temperature and relighting  it on the weekends.  Seeing as metal expands and contracts especially with the amount of heat we add initially at startup, does this cause premature wear?  I guess I am thinking of it as the same as a gasoline engine. Running it for a long period of time and keeping it at temperature causes less wear on the engine then letting it warm and cool off by taking it on short trips and letting it cool off

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Drummer cord wood boiler. Wow!
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:20:33 AM »
Anyone ever hear of this company?  I think these guys are on the path to the "next generation" of what our future might hold.  On top of having a really cool looking, very efficient boiler, they make an automatic wood loader!  It can go days without having to think about it.  Something to realize, our younger generation is getting lazy.  Either way id never own one but it is pretty darn cool.  Btw the burn chamber on a few of their models is 7/8" thick v shaped so you will never have your wood "bridge".

I am very excited for the future! This is something I would very well consider.  According to the EPA this is the cleanest burning stove available I guess.

Here's some of the features
  1.  Large, gas-piston assisted, loading door
  2.  Inverted cone-shaped loading chamber promotes wood
       free-fall without ‘bridging’
  3.  Loading chamber, the most vulnerable part of any wood
       boiler, is 10 to 20 mm thick. (3/8" to7/8")
  4.  Ceramic honey-combed is readily accessible for easy ash
  5.  Robust embossed aluminum boiler jacket.
  6.  Primary & secondary air preheated by passing under
       cyclonic combustion chamber.
  7.  Secondary combustion chamber. CO and organics
  8.  Primary air intake – actuator driven. Closed off when
       loading wood to eliminate smoke rollback
  9.  Pre-heated secondary air blended with wood gas at entry
       to secondary combustion chamber. 
 10.  Flue gas temperature based thermo-difference control
         monitors and regulates combustion.
 11. Combusted flue-gases pass through turbulators to
       maximize thermal efficiency
12.  Heat exchangers located above secondary combustion
                                                                                       eliminates condensing.
13.  Single integrated control mounted to top of boiler.
14.  Industrial top-mount inducer allows for venting in mutiple directions.
15.  Thermal safety heat exchanger.
16.  Heavy, high quality, mineral wool insulation reduces boiler radiation losses.
17.  The embossed aluminum jacket gives the DRUMMER a robust look that is impact resistant and free of

                                        Lopper North America - Albany New York - 518-227-0080

Here is the auto loader


Equipment / Timberline carbide cutter. Sharpener
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:57:51 PM »
I was just wondering if any of you guys have use the timberline carbide cutter chainsaw sharpener?   I went ahead and spend the big bucks to get one instead of using my hand fine and a guide.  Total cost me 200 with the tool, 2 handles and 3 carbide sizes.  I just want to let anybody know looking for a good sharpener that this thing is the Cadillac of hand sharpeners.  I couldn't be more happy with how good this thing works. Usually I can never get a chain to cut as good as when it was brand-new, pretty close but never quite there.  This thing will sharpen a chain as good as new no doubt. 

Plumbing / Water heater side arm.
« on: January 29, 2017, 07:43:09 PM »
I am wondering how I could tap off the existing 1" line and run a half inch line to my side arm.  It would be a 20 foot run from my heat exchanger in the furnace.  What I want to do is run a separate line with a small pump off the main line and pump though the side arm and return after the heat exchanger instead of running the line all the way to the water heater then back to the furnace and then back to the stove outside.  How do I go about this?  Can I simple run a T with a pump lower than the main feed and then T back into the main line after the furnace?  I have been told this will be more efficient possibly, I'm not sure myself if it would be. I do know when the water heater needs by water I get a large draw of heat and my furnace temps aren't what I want them to be after the water comes from the water heater.  I could run a larger pump on the stove and a small taco 007 for the water heater loop.  Is there a better way I could go about this?  Thank you in advance.

Natures Comfort / More burn time
« on: January 25, 2017, 08:29:32 PM »
Seems this place is pretty dead, kinda sad really.  I'll post here anyway because it's snowing 8+ inches and I'm bored waiting for the snow to stop so I can go plow the driveway.

Onto my topic.  So I did exactly what Natures Comfort told me exactly not to do with great results.  I was told that I should never let my ash bed build up past the door lip because it can damage the firebox.  Seeing that so many stoves don't even have an ash drawer I thought to myself that why the heck would that even matter. So lately I have been cramming my wood stove extra full to get my ash bed up about half way in the stove.  Now it's been a few days since the ash bed has been extra thick, maybe 12-15 inches thick.  I use my homemade rounded garden hoe to stir the ash and scrape the bottom a little to get the hard ash knocked up off the bottom.  I just pull my ash drawer out, dump it and leave the 15 inch ash bed alone. I throw in about 4 30"x8" long pieces and this thing burns a full 24 hours easy now.  Filled this stove Sunday at 4pm and didn't open the door until 6pm Monday night after work to find that I still had a good fire going without loosing much of my ash bed. When I pulled the ash drawer out it was about half full or so.  Personally I think that ash drawer is great but it hurts the performance of the stove when all the ash falls into it before it's used up completely, which can be another 12 extra hours.  So I'm going to do exactly what NC tells me not to do and keep a thick ash bed.  I also closed the air door down to about 1/8 opening from 1/4 to try and keep more heat from going out the chimney. So far so good!

General Discussion / New helper
« on: January 25, 2017, 06:51:31 PM »
So guys I just wanted to inform you that there is a new little helper in the family.  Gonna be my new tractor operator someday :) welcome to the world little man.

Equipment / American CLS
« on: January 24, 2017, 12:13:12 PM »
Anybody on one of these log splitters. I was looking at replacing my old speeco with a larger model that can split 36 or even 48" logs.  I really like the looks of The ACLS.

HeatMaster / Central Wisconsin Dealers
« on: January 22, 2017, 11:15:11 PM »
Any heatmaster dealers in operation around central Wisconsin (Appleton/Fondulac area) I could take a look at one.

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