Category Archives: Wood Heat/HVAC

Firewood cord calculator

The State of Maine website has a great little calculator for figuring out how much wood is in your woodpile.  Now, it’s not like the math is hard, but this is real handy.  It’s especially handy if you are trying … Continue reading

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Woodstock Keystone

I love the look of the Woodstock Keystone.  Add to the excellent look the fact that it can burn for 8-10 hours, is a side loader and would fit a 48″ x 42″ hearth area in my home and it … Continue reading

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Wood stove upgrade

Things are never “good enough” in my head, or at least that’s what people tell me.  After only a single season of wood burning I’m already thinking about upgrading our wood stove and have come up with what I think … Continue reading

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First chimney cleaning, 1 quart

I used my Soot Eater for the first time this weekend.  It was super easy and I cleaned out a whopping 1 quart of soot out of my 20ft of chimney and stove pipe!  Wow!  Thanks go to the guys … Continue reading

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All installed, burning every day

As of one week ago today, we have our new wood stove installed and burning every day.  Man is it nice!  I love wood heat, so comfortable.  It also helps that our wood was free with only my labor to … Continue reading

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Brick work is done

This weekend I finished the brick work on the hearth (actually red cement pavers).  At the beginning I actually told my wife, “Hey, this is fun, it’s like I’m a mason!”.  By the end I was thinking to myself, “I … Continue reading

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Chainsaws, cc to bar (inches) ratio

Home use:  2.5:1 Firewood: 3:1 Professional Cutting: 3-3.5:1 depending on wood Never should you have a saw with more bar than engine.  Why?  It’s frustrating, it means more sharpening with no wood-cutting gain (long bar, but can’t bury it in … Continue reading

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Half done

This weekend I worked on installing our Class A chimney with my brother.  We got all of the interior work finished.  We did check out the outside portion, but it turns out my roof is higher and steeper than I … Continue reading

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Nursery update

The drywall is all up and painting has begun.  I’ve also started to hang the new door.  So far I have the new door jamb in and found that I had measured a little too tight and had to shave … Continue reading

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Firewood

Working on the firewood lately.  All 4 cords I had cut and split from 2 years ago needs to be re-cut down to 13″ length and probably half of it needs to be split smaller to accommodate our new Amesti … Continue reading

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