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Re: "Wood Fires" Top Lighting Technique

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:03 pm
by zelph
Ridgerunner wrote:Thanks for the wind and rain! :roll: It was not supposed to be here till this evening. Left work to hot humid weather with some dark cloulds over yonder. They found me and a Harley rider. I stopped for the rain gear as it started coming down in buckets and then eased off the road to some private land that always has picnics under a big shelter. It was cabled off but I got the bike thru and rode right under the shelter. Ten minutes later, it let up enough to head on down the road and a few miles north sat the Harley rider working on his bike. :o I hate riding in the rain!
All bikers hate riding in the rain. It comes with the territory.....have your wife get a set of leathers, have her get a few tattoos to match yours and away the two of you go!!!! :DB:

Re: "Wood Fires" Top Lighting Technique

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:26 am
by Ridgerunner
The wife shows no interest in riding on the bike unless she is driving :lol: No tatoos! I'd rather buy a new stove! :lol:

Re: "Wood Fires" Top Lighting Technique

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:46 am
by zelph
DarenN wrote:well, thank you, Zelph.
i'm pleased with your test results.
the fact of the matter is that i designed the stove to be bottom lit. but your testing shows that it will do quite well with your top-lit technique. with the benefit of a bit less smoke. the minus would be a bit slower to boil; but who's in a rush? ;)
just for the fun of it, Zelph, build a fire the right way round (tinder on the bottom ;) ) light it from below by sticking your lighter wand under it . and let us know what you think.
when i use the Mark One, i load it, and pick it up, and light it from below. i'm ready to put it down right quick! it flames up like yesterday when bottom lit.
i really like pine cones as fuel. they burn hot and long. also, i save the branches i trim from the cherry tree out front. they make great twig fires that smell nice.
Daren.....
(thinking about hot dogs for dinner :lol: )
I put 3 pine cones on the bottom with some jute twine that is covered with petroleum jelly/vaseline. The cones were dry and fluffed out to the max, plenty of air at hte tinder and 1/2" thick pine twigs on top of that, cone petals sprinkled around the twigs for good measure, 3/4 pine on top of pile.

Almost boiled 4 cups of water with one load, burned for 10 min until heat faded out.

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Re: "Wood Fires" Top Lighting Technique

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:52 pm
by ConnieD
I think pine cones make a lot more flame, and, it is my experience pine makes a lot more smoke than other wood available, that is, unless there is no other wood available.

I heard the pine pitch "popping" although I did not see any sparks fly out in the air to "attack" expensive outdoor clothing and gear.

I am surprised there were no "sparks" flying out in the air.

The MK1 wood stove kept the sparks IN?

Nice video, zelph.

Re: "Wood Fires" Top Lighting Technique

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:58 pm
by DarenN
ConnieD wrote:I am surprised there were no "sparks" flying out in the air.
The MK1 wood stove kept the sparks IN?
other people have noticed this as well. myself included.
it was decidedly not a design feature, but just a happy coincidence. :)
maybe; just maybe, the enclosure of the stove keeps the heat in enough to burn out the sparks before they get into the more oxygen rich open air.? :? ;)

Re: "Wood Fires" Top Lighting Technique

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:47 am
by zelph
I came across this video today showing the top light technique.



I also found this site today: (lots of photos :D )

http://woodheat.org/top-down-steps.html


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Re: "Wood Fires" Top Lighting Technique

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:39 pm
by zelph
Time to renew your interest in top lighting :D