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khanom

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Greeley Hill
Nov 9, 2012 - 07:30am PT
Let me know how that works. I almost went that route, but online reviews convinced me that the Fiskars would be a better fit. It's beautifully balanced and after I got done with it razor sharp. I grew up thinking an axe should never be too sharp, but this unit is proving that incorrect.
Been splitting oak rounds no problem.


Even so, I'm lusting a little after something like this:

couchmaster

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pdx
Nov 9, 2012 - 07:44am PT
Just got a new house that is 100% electric heat. Going to put in a wood stove for the many electrical outages that the area has and want a good one. Was thinking the Blaze King Chinook or Schricco with the Catalytic converter.http://www.blazeking.com/EN/wood-sirocco.html

I don't want a piece of sh#t in there, even though it will primarily be a backup source.


Thoughts?
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 9, 2012 - 08:03am PT
After having to replace my catalytic combustor (Corning) after only 12 years of service to the tune of $200 +, I am not so sure I would go that route again.

The ceramic cumbustor is fragile and requires cleaning several times a season to maintain functionality. If mine fails again I believe I will just remove it.

I burn my stove as primary source of heat and try not to turn my furnace on at all; even though I doubt I am saving any money. I do it because it seems like fun.

Here is a link for information on different stove technology.
http://www.customfireplacesandmore.com/hearth-articles/catalytic-non-catalytic.html

I've been selling firewood for years (about 20 or so). I sell a 1/3 of a cord for $100 delivered and stacked. I am probably working for 50 an hour; at best after thinking about equipment, labor and transportation cost.

I stopped by my sister's house the other day after delivering a load not too far from her house. She had just delivered five cakes she baked for $100. On the way home I started doing the math; she had maybe $20 in materials, 2 or 3 hours max in labor and could fit all in the back seat of her car.

I should have learned to bake!

and zb, one of the few things I take that way.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Nov 9, 2012 - 08:24am PT
We did a lot of research on this before we bought. Around here you'd be very hard-pressed to even find a catalytic stove for sale locally.

Essentially the story we got was that when the EPA first started regulating stoves going with a catalyst was an "easy" way of meeting the requirements without major modifications to the stove itself. But the newer stoves that use secondary combustion are close enough in terms of efficiency and burning clean that it's just not worth the hassle of a catalyst. We heard stories of folks having to replace every 2-3 years or even every year.

A major concern is what kind of wood you have available and it's cost. If you have well-seasoned hardwoods readily available at low cost, it -might- be worth the small bump in efficiency of a catalytic stove.

But this is what I've learned researching and talking to stove shops rather than actual experience, so take it with a grain of salt.

Edit: Yeah Tobia, I don't get how wood is as cheap as it is, even though it seems expensive :) Thankfully I've not had to pay for wood yet.
couchmaster

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pdx
Nov 12, 2012 - 09:01am PT
Thanks. They just came out with these stoves in October. I wonder if they updated the design to make it more robust.
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