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I am trying something different this winter. I am going to cut my larger diameter logs into short rounds, something like 12" long, instead of splitting wood. I am running a Central 6048 boiler, 500,000 btu. Heating 2400 sq, feet of house, and a big shop. It doesn't "idle" very much. I will post my results. I do have smaller logs to mix in, so the rounds won't be stacking like coins in the boiler.
 
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I am trying something different this winter. I am going to cut my larger diameter logs into short rounds, something like 12" long, instead of splitting wood. I am running a Central 6048 boiler, 500,000 btu. Heating 2400 sq, feet of house, and a big shop. It doesn't "idle" very much. I will post my results. I do have smaller logs to mix in, so the rounds won't be stacking like coins in the boiler.
i dont own one of those,but im thinkin itll work
 

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If it's got a big enough feed door it should work .A local guy has a big outside burner and he stuffs it from a skidloader with up to to 18" rounds cut to firewood length of about 16-18 inchs .

The guy isn't all that praticular what it is either .Oak to cottonwood whatever fits he burns .Buys it all off the trimmers as long as it's cheap .
 

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I am trying something different this winter. I am going to cut my larger diameter logs into short rounds, something like 12" long, instead of splitting wood. I am running a Central 6048 boiler, 500,000 btu. Heating 2400 sq, feet of house, and a big shop. It doesn't "idle" very much. I will post my results. I do have smaller logs to mix in, so the rounds won't be stacking like coins in the boiler.

I have the same boiler for the most part, a 5648. Big rounds are ok if you leave room around them for smaller wood to fill the firebox... when the temps drop.
 

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splits

You get more btu's from dry wood. Upwards of 25% from what I read. Split wood dries down much better. I had some hickory rounds that were cut since February. The wood moisture meter said 38% when I split them in august. Two weeks later it was down to 25%. I need to resplit a piece because I don't know if I trust the meter. The prongs don't go into the hickory that far. So....25% more btu's equates to 25% less wood all other things being equal. I am going to split the rounds. I am curious how your test worked out?
 

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I throw a 8 to 10in dia round in with my typical split wood when I want the stove to idle during the days we aren't home. I also usually use Hop-Hornbeam for that. Really dense, even if the rest burns completely there are embers to start the evening fire on those rounds.
 

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I would try it if I had a decent sized outdoor unit. I have a smaller stove (it does heat the whole house). Doing it that way may not be as efficient but then again you might be on to something. I don't think youll have any trouble with the wood seasoning with that short of a round.
 

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I don't think a 12" long round is going to season as well as a split. But its going to be better than green. If you cut it any shorter it would season better but you would have enough sawdust to bed the horses for the winter.
 

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I'm going the other direction.

I'm trying smaller splits of wood and less of it with the occasional bigger wood to 'hold" a longer fire..at least until it starts getting much colder.
My thinking is that the smaller splits provide for more surfaces burning bringing the stove up to temp a little faster, and less smoke. This is a new experiment for me, and seems to be working well, in the mild weather we've been having.
I'm going to continue this "experiment" into colder weather and see how it goes.

Good luck to you in your endeavours, keep us posted as to how it goes. I'll try and do the same. Peace.
 

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