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Offline DavidRaftery

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Re: 14x32 in NH Lakes Region
« Reply #150 on: January 11, 2019, 08:12:09 AM »
I've had a request for more info on my wood stove. I bought a Vermont Castings Aspen; it is the smallest stove they make. The catalog says it puts out 18,000 BTUs/hour and will heat up to 600 sq ft. It is side loading, with glass on the side door and takes 16 inch long logs. It is a heavy sucker, weighing 240 lbs. The dealer I purchased it from told me that Vermont Castings had been sold awhile ago and the quality had gone down. They were sold again to a new owner, who manufactures stoves and he said the quality has returned. Installing wood heat is not cheap. I paid $1,000 for the wood stove and about another $1,000 for the chimney and insulated double wall roof piping.

I have been happy with my stove so far. My chimney is a straight run up through the roof, so it draws well. I have not had any problems with backdraft. I have only been using the integral damper on the rear of the stove; I don't have a second damper on the chimney. The stove only takes 16 inch logs, so this can be a pain if your logs are a little long. I have had to put some logs diagonally in the stove or leave the ends hanging outside the open door, when they were too long. I make sure all the firewood that I cut will fit in the stove. I have not tried packing the stove full of logs over a bed of coals yet, so I don't know how long this will burn overnight. I have been getting up every couple of hours to add 2 logs to the stove. If you like to watch your fire through a big glass door, this is not the stove for you. Since the glass is on the side door, the view of the fire is reduced.

It is hard to tell the performance so far because only my roof and about 3/4 of the walls are insulated. I still need to finish the walls, insulate under the floor and put plastic vapor barrier up before I get a true picture of how well this stove heats. What I can report is that this fall, when the outside temperature was 30 degrees, I was able to get the temperature up to 55 degrees inside the cabin. Hopefully once this place is fully insulated, it will be so warm that I'll need to crack a window when the stove is running! Vermont Castings sells an adaptor to connect the stove to use outside air; I may purchase this eventually.

When my buddies come up this year, we are going to rotate the wood stove 45 degrees, so the rear faces the corner of the south and bathroom walls. The required clearance is less at the rear of the stove than on the sides. With the stove in it's current position, the bathroom wall next to the stove gets too hot. The cement board is there temporarily to block some of the heat.



I'm still learning how to operate a wood stove, so any suggestions are welcome !
Dave Raftery

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Re: 14x32 in NH Lakes Region
« Reply #151 on: January 11, 2019, 10:39:27 AM »
We bought a VC Aspen back in 2009. We like it. Once you are finished with the insulation you should be able to make the interior uncomfortably warm. At least we can with our 470 sq ft cabin. We have the fresh air intake installed. I found that to make the stove easier to start and operate. Prior to that, I had to crack open a window or door to get the fire going. I guess I air sealed the shell too well.  ;)  I've got quite used to cutting firewood to 15 to 16" lengths.

We used a telescoping black pipe section between the stove top and the insulated pipe ceiling connector. That makes it quite easy to clean the chimney.  I remove the screws that secure the black pipe to the upper adapter, twist the black pipe to unlock and then push the upper part down to telescope with the lower part a little. Then the black pipe section gets taken outside. A bag is taped to the open end of the insulated pipe. From the roof the cleaning brush is pushed down and then pulled up. Those two strokes usually cleans the pipe out. The bag catches the debris. The stove chimney connection opening is vacuumed out and everything reassembled and we're good for another year.
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Re: 14x32 in NH Lakes Region
« Reply #152 on: January 11, 2019, 10:42:43 AM »
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn’t mean it is good design.

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Re: 14x32 in NH Lakes Region
« Reply #153 on: January 11, 2019, 12:50:01 PM »
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Re: 14x32 in NH Lakes Region
« Reply #154 on: April 30, 2019, 10:45:49 AM »
I went up to the cabin 3 weeks ago to open for the season. There was still 8 inches of snow in the driveway. I shoveled just enough to get my truck off the road and used my plastic toboggan to bring my gear up to the cabin. Then I had to shovel out the front door which had a large pile of snow that had slid off the roof during the winter.

On Saturday, the temperature went up to 70 degrees. I used the new brush cutter attachment for my gas powered weed whacker, to cut small saplings in front of the cabin. It worked really well; it easily cuts through 2 inch saplings. I drilled more holes and pulled more electrical wire in the walls as well. The ice was just starting to go out on the nearby lake.

I talked to my auto mechanic last month and he can get me wholesale pricing on 6 V golf cart batteries, so I plan to get 4 of those for my 24 V solar system.

I'm hoping to head up again this weekend to fill up my water tank from the well. Goals for this year are to finish the exterior siding, make a permanent mount for my solar panels, and finish wiring and insulating.











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Re: 14x32 in NH Lakes Region
« Reply #155 on: May 02, 2019, 02:23:04 AM »
Wow that's big pile of snow to get through.  Good luck with all your projects this year.

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Re: 14x32 in NH Lakes Region
« Reply #156 on: May 07, 2019, 11:45:51 AM »
I headed up to the cabin on May 3rd for the weekend. I lucked out with the weather; it was supposed to drizzle most of the weekend but there was no rain at all on Saturday or Sunday.

I brought up my new kitchen stove. Moving it around was easy with the hand truck. The hard parts were setting it on it's side to get it out of the truck, onto the front stoop and inside the front door. It took awhile but I got it inside without any damage. The second picture shows it's approximate position in the kitchen. I have to remove the lumber which is against the wall behind the stove. When I finally get cabinets and a decent kitchen counter top, the counter top will extend in an L shape in front of the north window where the trash can currently sits !





I also filled my IBC tote with water from the well. I am still using my 12 V pump which is not very powerful, so I had to prime the hose to get the water flowing. Once I hook up my inverter, I'll use a 120 V pump which will be much easier - no need to drag the battery out to the well. The well was completely full, which is what I expected. The wood chips worked great to keep me from sinking into the mud.





Did some target practice with the Ruger LC9s. I am now able to get 6 inch groupings at 20 feet. The key for me is a smooth trigger pull. I still have a long way to go.
Dave Raftery

 

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