Well I/we are now ~115 days into our expected annual ~250 days of needing wood heat period.
Wood shed usage confirms we here PNW westside are having a dryish (for us), warmish El Nino effect year. The North Pacific jet stream keeps getting diverted south down rain/mountain snows hammering California instead.
I am now at least 30% under my expected fuel wood usage.
My evolved Mama-Bear woodheating system the only differences this has meant is some finer splitting of the stove wood to reduce hourly heat release. And much less below grate ash pan “maintenances” needed.
I long since with the too-small, ran too-hot Baby-Bear woodstove 1996-2006 learned to never have to do any chimney/stove pipe maintenance. No smoke, no creosote build ups.Ha! Just every 3-4 years full internal cast iron plates changing out on the Baby-Bear from running contact glowing wood charcoal bottom, sides and back end in that only 1.5 cubic foot internal stove.
And the only used 2 seasons huge internal 4.5 Cubic foot Papa-Bear stove was a constant house-over-heater and a daily constant soot-up the glass doors razor-blade forced soot scraper. Every day if I wanted to bask in my woodchar glow.
MamaBear 3.5 cubic foot internal volume stove is just right. Ha! After 4-5 years I finally did metals destroyed the whole center cast iron chevron slotted grate from direct red-hot wood evolved charcoal contact heats. Bridge that now for years with three $3 each stove-bricks. These last for 1-2 years. Easy, cheap maintenance.
The Real woodgas system Design challenge now should be to get the minimal maintenance points; and have all of those maintenance points tool-less, and in the same area. Just like a modern car.
Only VesaM tries to do this so far.
Ain’t no challenge at all to stack systems onto systems trying to create a de-humanizing one-button tech-enslaver. People been stacking over-complication shit higher and higher since the days of Babylon.
The real challenge is to simplify, simplify, and make a system human experience-use, enriching.
All of the best systems. . .
the best tools . . .
the best philosophy’s are simple and human respectful.