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Doug VanderSys
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I will be using a as yet built RMH this winter to heat a tiny house. I need to start cutting wood for fuel and need direction on what trees to cut. I have 40A of conifers so amount isn't a problem, type is; there are balsam fir, white cedar and white spruce. I have heated w/ wood in conventional wood stoves for 30+ years but have always had access to prime hardwoods (oak, ash and cherry). Anyone have experience with burning coniferous wood in a RMH?

I have read,studied and lived with Ianto Evans book for the last 8 weeks. Thanks in advance. - DVS
 
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Doug VanderSys : W.O.W.* Are you going to get an Education ! Going form Ash to soft woods, and from conventional wood burning units to rocket mass heaters you are almost as
Hapless as the first amphibian who stuck its head out of water and tried to breath ! If you have a Blog site- I would like to follow your Progress ! The Entire Northwest coast of North
America has little else to burn, so yes, Ianto Evans, ernie and erica Wisner and hundreds (thousands) of others have been where you are going !

The best I can do for you and that is actually- pretty good, is zenstoves.net/fuels.htm# You will get a B.T.U.s per weight, the calculation which you must do in your head, is B.T.U.s
per volume, also Soft woods seem to absorb/hold more water, so you will have to cut a lot more than what you think, and dry storage to get to 1 or 2 years ahead should be a high
priority ! The Best of Good Luck to You ! Never ever Blame your R.M.H. for the deficiencies of your wood, and keep Your R.M.H.s Dragon Happy !

For the Craft ! Think like Fire! Flo like Gas, Don't be the Marshmallow ! As always, Your Questions and Comments are solicited and welcome !

* Stands for W.ith O.ut W.isdom, for when you don't know what else to say ! Big Al
# you will have to scroll way down towards the BOTTOM ! A.L.
 
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