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Thanks for the reply. I take it that your stove can be *VERY* air tight? My experience in burning branches from downed trees is if the wood is dry the fire is intense and short. I'd love to use some of my pine to hit my gara ^B^B^B^B shop. In a few weeks, I will have our band mill out on my property which should generate some waste useful for burning.
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Yes the stoves are *VERY* air tight. I would not have it any other way. If they are not, they are a danger, waste fuel, and useless in being able to have fine control over the burning process. You control the intensity of the fire by controlling the draft, and dampner controls.(the chimney has to be proper length also) If you have the dampner and draft controls set right the "fumes" burn inside the stove, and just heat escapes up the chimney. Yes, pine burns faster, but you can control the rate of burn very precisely once you have toyed and balanced the relationship between the draft and dampner controls. It is a balance act between the two, and the proper generation of the fire itself. Another words once you have the fire alive, you tame it. If you have a "limp" fire to start with you can not control it's outcome well. The problem with some stoves is, they do not have a "true" dampner, you install one of them flimsy stove pipe types.(horror) You should be able to shut down a real stove in the middle of a raving fire, by shuting off the drafts, and then the dampner, and have the fire start choking on itself without any smoke bellowing from the stove. That is an air tight stove, when you can do that.<G>
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Kruppt wrote:

I'm not sure if the story is true or not. I think it probably has at least a grain of truth to it though.

I'd have real trouble cutting trees for firewood unless I was very cold. I have problems cutting trees for lumber too. Hard to reconcile being a treehugger with being a woodworker. :)
My boss would surely agree with you though. He has 90 wooded acres. Owns a knuckle boom and various other equipment, much of which he cobbled together himself out of scrap metal and salvaged hydraulics. His idea of relaxation is spending the weekend cutting down trees. Some for lumber, some for firewood.
Can't say that I would enjoy that. I wouldn't enjoy butchering my own cattle either. I guess hypocrisy can be a coping mechanism.
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I don't, as a matter a fact, if we had been thinning and clearing out the forests all along, we wouldn't be having these multi million acre fires all over the place now, and we would have plenty of wood to enjoy. True Woodsman, care for the land, they don't just go in and start cutting any, and every tree down. They manage the natural resource, making sure that the forest stay strong and healthy, so others can enjoy them into the future. This bullshit, that every Woodsman is a tree butcher, is pure BULLSHIT.

There is a "key note" in there some where, and most people don't get the clue, and humility of it. To stay alive YOUR KILLING SOMETHING, wither it be green things, blood filled things, or bugs, we survive at the cost of another living thing. To bad more of this yippee generation and their siblings, didn't have the opportunity to grow up on a farm, so that concept would be drilled home into their brilliant minds. Then I wouldn't have to listen to their self edified bullshit in these regards. Saving this and Saving that, I care just as much or more than they do. The difference is they don't get it, To Live something Dies! Funny thing is, most live in homes, built with lumber, but they want to stop others from doing likewise, Yeah I'd say there is a bit of hypocrisy in this type of mind set.
I have no shame, I have humility in the face of this reality. If I really "cared" more for the -other- living things, (than myself) I would kill *myself*, so the -other- living things could live, and not I upon them. ( then I would not be a hypocrite )
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snipped-for-privacy@lycos.com wrote:

The green stuff will sit for the winter & next summer to dry. The other I'll burn. I've an old free standing round metal fireplace in our unheated den (17x22) & when I do the fire I turn on a ceiling fan to low and it blows the heat & warms the rest of the house nicely - 1500sqft. I do need to look at the build-up though this year to ensure its not much.
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Aside from the fuel being expensive, they also require electricity (at least the ones I've seen do).
I never saw the sense in a wood stove that requires electricity to operate. I always liked having an electric blower for circulation, but at least it kept on heating if the lights went out (a frequent occurence in rural Arkansas).
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Wilson Lamb wrote:

They're all spilttable by hand. We had a gigant gum crotch. It was our pet project. Go out every day and whack on it, Dad and I.
At some point after we first realized it wasn't going to go easy, we started keeping count. I can no longer remember the number, but it was somewhere north of 2,000 whacks, two wedges lost (eventually recovered), three mauls broken (Craftsman mauls... :) but we split that son of a bitch.
After it had stood around for about three years... ;)
Yeah baby, gimmie power splitting any day.
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