Hi All, Still get called out to play-with-wood energy.
Too rains wet and squish-squish, ground mushy today for fencing working.
A local older cousin called me over to sort out why his “new” compliance wood stove in his 2000 square foot Shop was not heating nearly as well as the old replaced out (now burnt out) non-compliance cast iron wood stove.
He’d even upgraded the old clogging 2-3 times a season 90 degree out-the-wall single walled chimney. Went best-practices to a straight up out-the-roof code approved double walled patent chimney system.
He figured the chimney change was now just heat/flow/pumping and insulating too much of his wood heat away.
Hmm. Some a bit, yeah.
But NO MORE chimney creosote clogging and occasional chimney light off fires now!
SAFETY FIRST. Something efficiency-manics always fail to observe.
Cousin Bill’s problem was mostly he sourced a close-to-walls mobile home compliant wood stove to replace his direct contact old cast iron beast.
The mobile home unit had side and back installed 1/2" air-gapped sheet metal full heat shield plates.
His old cast iron beast was four legs open bottom free standing.
The mobile home unit was an enclosed pedestal mounted.
The old cast iron beast he was getting into the shop area heat stove heat contributions from all four sides; bottom, and the top. Six sides heating.
His mobile home unit only significantly heat contributing from the top only.
In his shop he is far away from walls installed and with no children present.
Had him remove the sides and back sheet metal plate shields. Open up the bottom pedestal to just two U-support leg walls. Add a small under-stove blower fan.
He is happy, happy now. And uses less wood because of the better secondary air combustion low smoke emission more complete internal combustion.
Any visible chimney smoke is just unrealized, wasted away potential energy. Lost. Thrown away.
Ha! Then called over to a neighbor with the almost exact same stove change out situation in her old 1920’s farm house.
A mobile home approved “new” pedestal mounted wood stove replacing out an old non-emissions compliance four legged cast iron woodstove.
Different advice, only possible there due to safety.
Old, brick unlined chimney. People living occupied. With visiting grandchildren. A sleep-in, House.
Advised her to Sell/Trade off mobile home stove for a legged bigger new compliant stove with a glass front door. Go back to using (like I do) a big fireplace Keep-Distance child safe-ing self-standing screen.
Astonishingly, she actually did this.
Ha! Getting toward too much end of season floor build up of wood shed splinters, rough chips/strands, bark crumbles, and fine wood dusts now.
Doubled up grocery paper bags and made into a 10 pound fuel log of these wastes-debris and 2-3 hours of heating in my BULK-burn wood stove when placed over a glowing wood char bed.
Gee . . .
No grinder needed. No pelletizer needed. No in-stove electric pellet feed auger. No electric combustion pan forced air/forced draft blower. No electrical power supply and controllers for all of these. NO must-have electricity and motor blowers noises in my living room wanted or nneded.
Just made from trees, paper bags, a little elbow sweat, and stoop laboring. And 80% wood-to-room-heat efficiency. Simple.
I like simple. I like direct-DO solutions.