First Fire In New Fireplace Insert

First Fire In New Fireplace Insert

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    First Fire In New Fireplace Insert

    After watching heating oil prices spike, last January we decided to invest in a fireplace insert. With that in mind I managed to find 8 cords of free firewood in February, just had to fell, cut, split and haul it away.

    I got the install finished, and the building inspector came by yesterday and called it good. Got home from work and lit the stove. Heated it up slowly at first to break it in, then got it rolling up to 650 degrees or so. Added a couple of splits and closed the damper and went to bed. Woke up this morning to find a nice bed of coals, added a few more splits and we were rolling again. The attached blower circulated air throughout the house, keeping the upstairs nice and warm also.

    Anyhow, here is a shot just after I added a new load of splits prior to going to bed last night:



    Here is a shot of the this years supply of stove food:



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    That is nice.........very nice.....great pics.
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    That is a thing of beauty. Both pictures. Very nice.
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    I bet the dogs liked it too.
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    Sweet, that'll keep ya warm this winter. Thats a dandy stack of wood, how does the air circulate through that to dry the wood? Unusual method but I like how it looks, nice and neat. We usually stack our firewood in rows and alternate direction of the wood to allow air to pass through.


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    Rcher,

    It is called a Holzhausen. There are two concentric rings, with an open space in the center filled with vertical pieces of wood. Theory is that the center acts like a chimney drawing air in through the rings and out the top. Don't know about all that, but the wood was stacked in March, it is very dry now, and the stack doesn't get full sun.

    Works for me.

    Thanks for the look,

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    Good luck! I've had a (pellet) insert for about 12 years already and love it. Anything to avoid high fuel costs this year.

    Keep Warm!
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    If you don't have one already, get yourself a good 10 acre woodlot and you will be set for life...

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    Keeps you warm when you cut it, split it, stack it and burn it..
    Great stuff... I love the chair in your picture. After stacking is done take a seat and enjoy your labors with a nice cold one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    I bet the dogs liked it too.

    Yup. Mercedes, our female, was loving life until she got too hot and had to move. We are looking to get her an elevated dog bed to put near the stove. She is 8 y/o and starting to slow down from hip dysplasia.
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    Nice insert. Last year I replaced my wood burner for a corn/pellet burner. Love not having to bring in wood twice a day, but nothing beats the smell of wood burning.

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    Kovern,

    We are looking to put a pellet stove in the bonus room over the garage when we finish that space. That way at least I am not lugging logs upstairs, just bags of pellets every so often.

    Thanks,

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    There's nothing like a real wood fire! The smell, the feel. I think wood warms a house better than anything else.

    We have a fireplace but it is a gas fireplace . But, I don't own the house, we rent. When we do go to buy we will be looking for a real wood burning fireplace.

    I like the one you have. I looked it up, I am sure you will enjoy it for a long time.
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    We went with the Lopi Freedom model. We were looking at the cast iron Jotul's, but decided to go on steel instead. We are very happy with the purchase, and hopefully will be enjoying it for many years to come.

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    It's a beautiful sight...and smell. My dog thinks she owns the floorspace in front of mine. I have mine pulled out and am working on it at the moment though. Have to replace the thermodisc and some wiring(older unit).
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    My family has been heating with wood for something like half a century. Nothing like the heat of wood, the smell, how you can put all your cloths up next to it and they will dry out fast. Coming in from outside, and warming up, nothing beats it in the winter.
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