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

Norbert Senf mheat at heatkit.com
Mon Dec 19 07:24:13 PST 2011

At 06:28 PM 12/18/2011 -0500, Corwyn wrote:
>On 12/18/2011 4:12 PM, Norbert Senf wrote:
>>smoldering it, which you
>>would be forced to do during low output unless you are willing to split
>>your wood down to matchsticks and reload every 5 minutes.
>These two conditions seem contradictory to 
>me.  If you need low output, small wood (1" 
>across) helps, since you don't want too burn 
>much.  But if I need low output, I am reloading 
>every couple DAYS not every couple minutes.

Your house has some ability to store heat, so you 
can do a batch burn with high output and recharge 
the thermal mass, which then gives you the low 
output. This way you burn with low emissions, 
even when your heat demand is low.
Inexperienced users may have more difficulty 
lighting a fire, and might be used to central heating. They'd be more inclined
to try to burn the stove continuously, in which 
case having the more sophisticated low burn 
systems on an EPA stove would be a big advantage....................Norbert

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