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Equipment / Wood processor - Who's got one?
« on: March 09, 2017, 11:13:57 AM »
 So I'm considering purchasing a wood processor.

 I am currently looking at a Wallenstien WP835 which for those unfamiliar with it, uses a winch to pull the logs to it and up a ramp where you use your own saw ( attached to a holding and pivoting bracket), not a hydraulic driven saw. I know that the potential to pick up mud on the wood is there by winching, but as a lot of the trees I am working with are skidded out on the snow already, so still clean, but are full length.
The other units I look at mainly are built for 8 -10 foot logs with a log lifting device, but do have a saw built into the design.
Not really looking to spend a fortune on one or looking to make it a unit for hire, just have enough demand here between myself and aging family members I think it would be worth it.
I am curious who here has one and would they recommend their model to a friend, or what pros and cons theirs has?

Regulations / Non EPA phase 2 boilers from Canada
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:20:24 AM »
 I haven't seen this mentioned yet in the topic of EPA phase 2, conventional boilers being discontinued.
My question regards the fact that this is "not yet" happening in Canada but I am sure it will make its way north.
Is this on the horizon for Canada? When?
Will Canadian companies like Portage and Main and Heatmaster continue to build conventional boilers with a much smaller market?
Will the American companies be able to manufacture a conventional unit for export only?
How long do the OEM's have to make replacement parts for conventional units after this phase out happens? ( I think the auto OEM's are ten years, not positive)

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Shutting down question
« on: April 27, 2014, 04:46:26 PM »
 So after a long but successful winter I decided to shut down the boiler today. I actually think I will miss loading up the beast and the smell of the old coat. Anyways my question is concerning the heat exchanger in the furnace plenum. Will it be ok left in the plenum for the shoulder season when the oil burner kicks on or should I slide it out and seal up the plenum? When I was installing it last fall I did check the temps from the plinth at the heat exchanger mounting brackets and it was about 180 and I also ran the boiler at 180 - 190 so I think it should be fine. Just wondering what others think or have done -  but I'm probably overthinking things again. ???

Electronics / Yet another Thermostat question
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:37:27 AM »
I have hopefully ( not likely ) the last thermostat question. I have a forced air oil furnace that is controlled with a low voltage t-stat(24v) and that goes to transformer to run the fan on high. I do not have air conditioning and do not have any plans to put in AC. Beside the t-stat on the wall is the manual switch to turn on the furnace fan for circulation but it is on low speed.

My question is this - can I hook up a new stat to maintain the oil furnace as is for back up BUT I would like to use low speed fan circuit when I am heating with the OWB? High speed on my furnace is loud and annoying! I am open to 1 new that will do multiple heat sources or two separate stats on the wall.  Just can't get my head around this and do not want to power both circuits at the same time if the OWB cooled off to the set point of the oil unit.

Currently the oil setup is there for backup only and is untouched. What I have done so far for heating this season is I have taken the panel off to access the oil furnace fan and put small fan in place of the panel and put it on a timer. It is working fine this way and is very quiet but NOT very professional looking.

Thanks for any information.

I will also mention that the oil furnace has a side vent system to work with oil fired dhw.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Burning during heavy rain
« on: January 10, 2014, 05:45:12 PM »
 With 3/4 to 1inch of rain expected here tonight/tomorrow I am wondering what other members do during heavy rains? I set my differential to 5 degrees to try to keep the chimney somewhat dry but other than a cap (I don't have one) is there any thing I should do or don't worry about it?

HeatMaster / mf 5000 control question
« on: October 26, 2013, 04:54:52 PM »
  I am trying to help my aunt with her MF 5000 and am curious what the rheostat beside the Ranco controller does. I looked at the owners manual online as she can't find hers but I didn't see anything about it.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / OWB or stick with oil?
« on: February 26, 2013, 04:29:41 PM »
  Hello all.Newbie from Ontario here and really been enjoying this forum. I am wondering if a switch would be worth it for me. We have a 14 year old 1500 sqft bungalow with insulated bsmt and 570 sqft attached garage,unheated. We heat with oil (forced air furnace and DHW) and as you may well know it's not getting any cheeper! We keep the t-stat usually around 60-64 but will crank it all the way up to 68-70 and the really cold days.

  What I'd like to ask is at what point did you guys say that's enough and make the switch? We used about 1500L/400gal per year the last 2 years ( I don't think thats bad but we do keep the house less than "room temperature") Don't know how much we would use at 72.

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