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Getting ready for winter

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Location: latitude 47 N.W. montana zone 6A
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Hi All;  Been gone away from home since January. Finally got to come home just after the fourth of July.  Both my wood sheds were bare.  I needed 5 loads for the RMH and 3 loads for the house stove...   lousy HOT time of year to be out cutting wood ! Normally all wood cutting is done well before June...  Oh well , gota do what you gota do.  I just brought in the last load for the greenhouse , only 3 more for the house to go !   Running a rmh in a greenhouse you burn a lot longer than you would in an insulated house. Therefore we produce more ash than the standard RMH . Normal procedure for my rmh is to clean the burn tunnel apx once a month or so  , just scoop it out while the stove is cool. I get maybe a coffee can full each time. Once a  year  I remove the clean out door on our horizontal transition area and clean the ash pit and inspect the horizontal pipes. After 9 months of burning I remove about 1/2 of a 5 gal barrel of super fine fly ash.. THAT'S IT !  My house stove produces about 4-5 full buckets of ash during winter and several more after burning season to prepare for next winter. My house stove chimney is constantly dripping creosote and at least the cap must be removed and cleaned several times a winter... The rmh chimney has NONE and the cap never has to be removed!  As my RMH is in a greenhouse / studio I built it with way more mass and heavy fire brick  than a standard rocket, therefor it takes longer for my freaky high temps to build up ... if I had built this with less heavy brick and more insulated brick  I would hardly have any ash to clean out at all !
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Last load for the rocket
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Finally full
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The best way to make rocket fuel
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That's all folks
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Clean and ready to burn
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