[Greenbuilding] firewood moisture content - a question for Norbert perhaps

Sacie Lambertson sacie.lambertson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 20:19:25 PST 2011

Since we heat our home primarily with wood, this is most interesting to me
(though possibly better for another forum).  What is the stove you or
Reuben use and what is the space you heat that allows just one or so burns
a day?  I am presuming good insulation.

And what is it you do to create a very hot fire from the beginning--would
appreciate the specific times involved in each step when you describe your
process.  Starting from coals of the night before....or from scratch...

And of course I would be happy to have this info off line if the rest of
you would just as soon not talk about building efficient fires on this
greenbuilding site.

Where is Norbert btw?  We actually haven't heard from him for months.  His
responses are spot on.

Thanks,  Sacie

On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:10 PM, Corwyn <corwyn at midcoast.com> wrote:

> On 12/12/2011 9:38 PM, Sacie Lambertson wrote:
>> RT said:
>>    I would be more concerned about potential creosote
>>    formation/accumulation from burning wood at 25% MC than I would be
>>    about the reduction in heat output.
>> Me too.  Reuben once mentioned he lights his fires several times a day
>> only; from this I infer he lets it go out, then later, as the house
>> cools, fires up the stove again.  Is this correct, Reuben?  If so, how
>> do you prevent creosote buildup in your chimney?  Or maybe you simply
>> clean it several times a year?
> The wood I am burning this year is particularly wet, so perhaps I will
> have something to say on the matter come spring.  That said, my chimney has
> never needed cleaning; I clean the stove pipe, and the basement clean out,
> but the flue has always been clean. I burn almost as hot as possible,
> though at most one fire per day.  I contend that creosote buildup comes
> from burning too cool while in the initial stages of wood burning (i.e.
> before the wood is reduced to coals).  I can imagine Reuben being able to
> burn multiple small fires without creosote buildup if they are hot enough.
> Thank You Kindly,
> Corwyn
> -
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