TX heat and rain exposure deteriorates quality hardwood faster

loger_gwFebruary 18, 2012

North TX heat and rain exposure deteriorates quality hardwood faster IMO. I have 2 yr old large sticks of Live Oak (6-8"dia that burns almost like paper. I thought I had some time left toward it being quality burning but this last cool front might clean it out. By quality, I feel a good 8" + logs should last over-night (6-8 hrs) vs no coals. Now I feel I know why people with plentiful standing wood, cut it joust in time (six months to one season at the most vs shoveling wood. A good stove I'm sure is more efficient than my open Fireplace that I keep the damper 3/4 + closed on and the front glass doors closed to slow the burning. I get my heat from 7 overhead 1.5" stainless tubes, a steel back and 3 larger tubes on the floor open to the opposite side mainly.

How long do you expect a quality log of what size to burn? I have basically considered two cords of quality wood to provide moderate heat late evening to mid mornings during the mild winter weather (about 8 hrs of low coals vs a fire per day). Mild means you might go a week w/o a fire but when you are shoveling, it's like the wood has lost its value due to age. There is no end to learning and I "need" the exercise,BUT! Loger

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tighten up your un-metered air. Think of your stove as a big vacuum leak. :D

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 12:26AM
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txtom50(8a texas)

I'm sure you're probably aware that an insert would improve the efficiency of your open fireplace quite a bit. The expense of a new insert makes them a big ticket item anymore, but you might check around with the local stove/fireplace stores and see if anybody sells used trade-ins.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 5:09AM
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I agree with Andy and Txt , you are really losing mega heating ability without closing off your fireplace . There are numerous inserts complete with glass that can be ordered to fit your enclosure for under $500.00 that less than 8=10 cord of Maple or Birch around here. Probably even more expensive in Texas for your heating woods Loger.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 11:50AM
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