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Re: wood heaters
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2015, 01:44:39 pm »

Lay down some boards on either side of your threshold to protect it?

thanks, that's exactly what I did when we brought the last one in and I didnt build it up high enough and the tires touched the threshold (adjustable plastic one screwed into aluminum). The thresold didnt survive, so I guess I cant screw it up much more, will probably use the same method, either that, or disassemble it outside if its assembled and take in piece by piece. This weekend is supposed to be warm, so that will work if necessary.

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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2015, 02:04:31 pm »
Make a  ramp and bridge over the threshold using blocking and a piece of 3/4" plywood, a few screws to hold things together might help as well.

Some people will burn a small fire in a new stove before bringing in the house to reduce the "new stove smell".

I am interested to see how you like your new stove.

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Re: wood heaters
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2015, 04:19:03 pm »
The hardware stores around here sell replacement plastic (or metal) threshholds, if I'm correctly picturing what your are talking about. They're not all that expensive.
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2015, 04:37:12 pm »
Thanks for the input, will update how the stove works, (and how its shipped !, as in pieces or a complete assemebly. We are forcasted for warm weather this weekend, so Im thinking if I get it picked up tomorrow, and in place on Friday, I have 2 good days where I can run it with the windows "open-ish" (highs near 40 last I looked, was -6 this morning)

The door came from Menards, its a Mastercraft, Im guessing they have them in stock, where I live, that is my local hardware store, or should I say, they put my local hardware store out of business... >:(

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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2015, 08:09:32 pm »
  I picked up my woodstock stove in a van. It was bolted to the pallet where the legs mount to it. Still on the pallet I rolled it out of the van with pipe as rollers and planks thru the door, put plywood on the floor and rolled it into place.  I had to jack up 1 end at a time to take the bolts off and put the legs on. Took a couple of hours to get it in place.  Now dropping the stainless steel liner down the chimney and putting the tee together 15" inside the chimney that was a real challange. ;D
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« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2015, 02:47:47 pm »
Blackfoot Griz -

Is that what's sometimes called a masonry heater?  That type of thing is what would be in my house now, if I'd known about them 12 years ago when we were building the house.

Yes--it is.
@Windy_Acres I like that soapstone stove you posted, and the price is not unreasonable compared to some of the others I have seen.

Thanks, I kinda like Black Foots "furnace ?", that baby has got to be heavy !


It weighs over 9,000 lbs!  Just a big heat mass!
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« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2015, 06:35:15 pm »
Picked up the stove today, included a road trip with unscheduled stops, so I didnt get it unloaded/unpacked, but plan to tomorrow, as well as installed it all goes to plan.

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« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2015, 10:50:26 pm »
Installed the new stove today, had my first stinky fire.

Not sure how I like it, will report back in a week or so...

Id include a pic, but cant, because I cant figure it out. I have in the past, so please, dont bother telling me how to do it again, I will just forget it again. Ive uploaded it, its there, it just does not show up with this post.

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« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2015, 11:25:20 pm »
Looks good.

It won't show up in a post until you put it in your post. ;)  But you are right, it is in your gallery. Keep poking at it.   ;D
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« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2015, 08:19:26 am »
 

  Thanks Been-There, I didnt know I had a gallery !

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« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2015, 10:05:07 am »
When you are in the post you want to add the stove pic, just click on the line below "Click here to add Photos to post" and then a window will pop up. At the top you will see "Upload.." and "My Gallery".. so click on "My Gallery" any yours will pop up. Click on the pic there that you want in your post, and it will enlarge. SCROLL down a ways below that pic and you will see what to click "Insert Image in Post" button which will request a Yes/No answer. Click Yes and your pic should be in your post.
Click on the "Preview" button, and you should see what your post will look like when you click on "Post".

Sounds more difficult than it really is.  ;)
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« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2015, 02:27:56 pm »
Ok Been There, I hit enough buttons that somehow, it appeared in my post, thanks for the help.

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« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2015, 02:44:01 pm »
You should be happy with it, once you get in broken in. My sister and B-I-L love theirs... I've yet to meet anyone who has a Woodstock stove that hasn't been happy with it. Very clean burning and efficient.  Just make sur eyou understand how to operate it properly to preserve the catalyst life.
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« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2015, 02:54:18 pm »
You should be happy with it, once you get in broken in. My sister and B-I-L love theirs... I've yet to meet anyone who has a Woodstock stove that hasn't been happy with it. Very clean burning and efficient.  Just make sur eyou understand how to operate it properly to preserve the catalyst life.

Thanks John,

So far, in just one day, I can see its moving through less than half of the wood Im used to feeding.

I works in a totally different manner than the old stove. So far I like it. Love having a window (didnt before).

I have noticed, while working downwind outside today, I can not smell anything coming from the flue, as in before, you could tell I was heating with wood, no mistaking the smell outside, and Ive also noticed zero visible "exhaust" out of the flue, where before, we was always "smokin".

Did a bunch of reading on it before purchasing, from what I read, I thought it had a learning curve that would take a while, but for me, it seems down right simple, Ive got it cruising along at 600 degrees... no problem keeping it there.

Im trying to bake off the smell of the paint. Got several windows open right now.

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« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2015, 03:13:08 pm »
Windy
Did you buy it direct or through a dealer local to you? 

Using less wood along with the 40+ temps may go hand in hand today.  ;D
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« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2015, 03:58:20 pm »
Windy
Did you buy it direct or through a dealer local to you? 

Using less wood along with the 40+ temps may go hand in hand today.  ;D

Ive got several windows wide open (off gassing of new stove). High today was 38 at my near by airport.

Bought it direct, I didnt know they had dealers.

The old stove burned a significant amount of wood just to keep it lit. It was a late 70s model, somewhere I still have owners manual, but have no idea where its at, I just remember it having a born on date of somthing like 1979. It was/is a very loose stove, with little in the way of air control, Im thinking that is why it moved through as much wood as it did. That and the built in damper had a the large hole in the middle and was otherwise very loose fitting so you could not control the air. Im also burning up to 4 year seasoned wood. Some of it is very light and fast burning.

Im thinking I went from a pretty inefficient stove to a pretty efficient stove. This puppy is tight. Im not going to say Im a fan of this stove yet, but it is tight.

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« Reply #36 on: January 17, 2015, 07:58:33 pm »
When you buy a new stove you lite it up outside first to burn off the [new]
I did that when I made mine. I have 150.00 in it and It has been in use for over 20 years and going good. No catalyst.
For me when I see all the new wood stoves and the stuff they put on them. To me It's like reinventing the wheel.
I do wish all of you good luck with your fancy stoves  :D :D :D
 

 
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« Reply #37 on: January 17, 2015, 08:22:59 pm »
Peter,you're the one with the fancy stove. Love that brick work too.
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« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2015, 09:48:04 am »
When you buy a new stove you lite it up outside first to burn off the [new]
I did that when I made mine. I have 150.00 in it and It has been in use for over 20 years and going good. No catalyst.
For me when I see all the new wood stoves and the stuff they put on them. To me It's like reinventing the wheel.
I do wish all of you good luck with your fancy stoves  :D :D :D
 

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Nice set up, had a neighbor that heated like yours, without the surround.

I see your beautiful brick work acts as a heat sink, and is a nice setup.

Yes, it was suggested to me that I burn it outside first, that was not an option, as the logistics presented themselves to me. The stove arrived assembled, I had help for one day, it took from 9am to 4pm to uncrate, and get into the house sitting where it needed to be. Then I piped it myself that evening with new pipe. I only had help available to me on Friday, so she had to go in. We ordered this stove back in the late summer/early fall, I had no idea Id be seeing it in late January, or things would have gone a little more smoothly.

I went from used $50 simple stove to as you put it a "re-invented wheel" These stove are like cars, there was the model T, there is now the new Taurus, they share allot of similarities, like 4 wheels and a seat, they are also technically quite different, even though they shared the same fuel. If I needed to get around, Id probably lean towards the taurus. And thats not vanity talking, this Woostock stove costs almost twice what I paid for my daily driver and no one will ever see it or know about it, except you folks on this forum.

We changed stoves, not to save the environment, not because it looks pretty, but because we figure we will use a fraction of the wood we have been using. We live in Farm Land Central, one natural resources we DO NOT have is wood. Our ground is extremely fertile, extremely flat, what that means is, someone is either farming or living on it. So there is no "swinging a deat cat" to hit a tree. Much to the contrary. All of what I have on hand is either diseased or wind damaged trees. 

This summer I traveled 50 miles one way to harvest my "free ash" for next year. Not sure how far most wood burners go to get their wood. I got that wood off the overburden, of a gravel pit, a friend happens to own. The trees all infested with EAB.

Having only run the stove for one day so far, I can say I like the stove, it was money well spent (when factored against the cost of propane.) The used $50 stove was a better deal up front, but the rate of feeding, brought that to a quick end.

I can also say this is a radical departure from the old stove. The surface of this stove, as I have loaded it, is running 500-600 degrees, and my flue has yet to break 300. If I got my old stove that hot, the flue would be at least as hot as the stove. Meaning, precious energy is going up the flue, no pun intended.

Both temps, are surface temps, the stove pipe is singe wall measure at 18" and both numbers verified with a touchless digital thermometer.

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« Reply #39 on: January 18, 2015, 01:54:43 pm »
Windy-Acres. I wish you the best of luck with your new stove. In NH we have a lot of trees, And I only burn 5 0r 6 cords a year. My house is tight, but not so I have to put in an outside air inlet like the new houses of today. To me a house that tight is a mold factory, I have seen it.
I think I might burn an extra cord a year with my stove. I just got back from one of my wood lots where I sent a logger to pull wood for me. I think I'll have 2 years of wood there. I won't know till I cut and split it. Do you think there's 10 cords there?
 

  

 
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