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Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:13 pm
by zelph
It's been arctic cold here in Illinois...we should have a dancing banana with icicles. :mrgreen:

I'm going to run out of wood to burn in 2 days so I'm thinking to burn wood pellets at $4.00 per 40 pound bag.

For the past week I've been think of the best way to do it. I wanted a user friendly way :D I did a lot of searching around and found an item that I think is perfect for my wood burning stove. It's a reinforced stainless steel basket made of what looks like 1/2" welded mesh. The depth of the basket is 4.5" which I think is perfect to get a good, complete burn of the pellets. The mesh sides and bottom will provide maximum air to the pellets.

Some of you may be interested in doing the same with your wood burner.

Here is a link to the ebay store where I purchased my tray:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Stainless- ... 0439881%26

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:31 am
by sudden
Can't get any wood delivered?

I wonder how well they will burn for you. The basket idea makes sense but it's not like throwing a couple logs on.

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:44 pm
by zelph
sudden wrote:Can't get any wood delivered?

I wonder how well they will burn for you. The basket idea makes sense but it's not like throwing a couple logs on.
I can get more wood and have it stacked on my rear deck. access to my wood bin is snowed in, not accessible.

Wood pellets are easy to get by the 40lb bag @$4 per bag so I'm going to give it a whirl.

50 bags would cost $200 50 bags would equal 1 ton of pellets.

Have not inquired the cost of a cord of wood.

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:00 pm
by zelph
My tray arrived yesterday. I'm burning pellets this morning. Oh so Nice!!!! One tray ful has been burning since 7:30 it is now almost 11:00 and the stove is so nice and toasty. :D I'm waiting for the tray to go completely out so i can start another one and do a better timing. I did a short video of my initial burn test.

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:02 pm
by sudden
If you divide the basket can you use it similar to adding more wood to a normal fire? One half burning, one empty, so you can pour another load in if you need it?

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:36 pm
by zelph
I can easily put a divider in it. Good idea.

One full load, 20 pounds(1/2 bag) will burn for 3 hours and keep the temperature at 78. Way too warm for me but just right for my wife. We agreed to burn one load in the morning and one late afternoon. So for 3 hours no logs need to be added :mrgreen: . One bag of pellets per day at a cost of $4.00. Thermostat is set at 60 for night time sleeping comfort.

I'm in the learning process on how to regulate the rate of burn per load. If I allow a lot of air flow under the basket it will burn faster and hotter. I've also had a air intake screen down the center of the tray 1" wide by 8" long x 4" high. Having that really makes it burn hot. Air intake knobs on front of stove have to be almost closed.

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:38 pm
by sudden
Make sure you patent this one when you get all the kinks worked out. Having normal control over the burn with existing air controls would make it perfect.

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:42 am
by zelph
Pellet burner is working better than expected :D

I've been using 91% Iso alcohol to star a fresh load on fire. Works well. I got a little to brave yesterday. I put a load of pellets into the burner on top of a bed of red hot pellet coals, thin layer of coals 98% covered up with fresh pellets. I measured out 1 ounce Iso and poured it at the front of the pile, no flames or red hot coals were visible, turned to get the butane lighter to ignite it and whooooosh, the vapors in the stove ignited sending the pretty blue flames out and beyond the stove and onto my left arm. I no longer have hair on my hand and the hair on my arm is in form of little nubs and kinda curled. No burns but had to change my under wear :lol: :DBfire: Lesson learned!!!!! as oops would say: Man play with fire, man get burned :mrgreen:

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:32 pm
by cadyak
youch! I hate it when that happens. My only experience with a remote fueled alcohol stove ended similarly. :shock:

Re: Burning Wood Pellets

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:18 pm
by zelph
cadyak wrote:youch! I hate it when that happens. My only experience with a remote fueled alcohol stove ended similarly. :shock:
Ahhh, that reminds me of the video that Dana posted a few years ago. He had a leaky something or other while he was testing in his kitchen...scary!!!

we three hate that when it happens :mrgreen:

Cadyak, I sent you an email via bplite. Hope it goes thru. Need some info on a Bear Kodiak Magnum...vintage type 60's