Wood after coal!!!!!!!

Wood after coal!!!!!!!

PostBy: Dieselpowerf350 On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:01 pm

I'm almost out of coal and I was thinking of switching to wood for about 2 weeks. I have never done this I've always burned coal, but I thought I remember someone saying that burning wood after coal is good for neutralizing the ash in the stove for the winter so it won't rot out. Is this correct does anybody do this? Thank you
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Re: Wood after coal!!!!!!!

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:11 pm

Some run wood fires for the last fires of the season to get a good coating of creosote in the flues and pipe. That helps reduce rust.

I tried it for the first time at the end of last season and had far less rust by startup for this season. Just a few small spots that the creosote didn't really get to.

But you need to clean out the fly ash, or you'll just be coating the fly ash and not the metal. ;)

Paul
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Re: Wood after coal!!!!!!!

PostBy: Homesteader On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:29 pm

Good timely question as I am also going to switch over to wood in a couple of weeks. I do plan on cleaning out the flues before the switch. Now I have to ask a stupid question, what's the best way to let a coal fire die out without to much un burnt coal left over in the firebox? My thought is to let the coal burn as hot as I can with as much primary air as possible to try and get a complete burn. Any thoughts appreciated.
J.L.
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Re: Wood after coal!!!!!!!

PostBy: coalder On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:44 pm

I too burn wood at the end of the season for a few days; just so creosote can coat everything. As far as the switching goes, I just let the last coal fire burn down somewhat then just start using wood. This will be my fourth season & not a speck of rust on my stovepipe, which I store in the basement.
Jim
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Re: Wood after coal!!!!!!!

PostBy: Dieselpowerf350 On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:40 pm

Alrighty then, I guess I'm gonna try it in a couple weeks and see how she does. Thank you gentlemen. Hmmmm!!!! Now let's see if I can remember how to burn wood. LOL
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Re: Wood after coal!!!!!!!

PostBy: blrman07 On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:03 pm

I just start throwin wood on and keep shaking it down just like I was burning coal. It will eventually turn to mostly all wood ash.
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