I haven't quite been able to get it up to temperature people have been saying sometimes its to do with the wood and moisture, with being new to this i'm not that sure on what moisture the wood has to be.
I was finding that if i wanted a hotter fire that I would use smaller pieces in my rocket stove. More surface area for pyrolyzation. The drier the better of course but if you break your pieces down they might get hotter.
Metal woodstoves are incapable of reaching temperatures high enough to achieve complete combustion. A good masonry stove can reach temperatures high enough to melt the iron ones. There have been a few metal stoves which incorporate a catalytic converter in order to ignite unburned gasses. Whenever I've seen one in operation, the owner has had to do a lot of fiddling to get it right. They have all seen pamplets and videos of their stove performing well.
Dry wood is the best way to go. hard woods will give more heat than soft woods. general wood know how is that hard dense peices with mixed grain will give you a hotter burn than normal.
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Ernie Wisner wrote:Dry wood is the best way to go. hard woods will give more heat than soft woods. general wood know how is that hard dense peices with mixed grain will give you a hotter burn than normal.
Great thank you for your advice will give that a go then.
It helps to start with small kindling and work your way up to nice coals before adding that nice dense hardwood that Ernie was talking about. You can get wet wood to burn if you use some lumber scraps, like from broken shipping pallets, but it is not ideal. A bellows is your friend.
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