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Can kiln-dried wood be stored outside?

Yes you can store it outside. That said, your practice is less than optimal. KD wood is normally dried to something like 12% moisture content. Air dried wood will eventually reach a level between ...
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Woodburning stoves: what wood and why?

https://chimneysweeponline.com/howood.htm lists the energy content of a wide range of wood types. Some examples that are perhaps relevant to you: Beech, Blue (Carpinus caroliniana): 23.7 MBTU/cord ...
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Woodburning stoves: what wood and why?

I don't have enough reputation yet to write a comment, so don't see this as an answer, more like a recommendation. I grew up with a wood stove, so maybe I can help. This may be one of the causes of ...
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Burning wood efficiently via rocket stove

Yes. Moz's comment is correct. When burning wood, you are in essence just shortcutting the rot process. Which means that instead of fungi and bacteria and bugs getting lunch, you get warm. These ...
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How can I add thermal mass to a woodstove, without a lot of weight?

Some years ago I rented a house that had a wood burning fire place in the rear of the home. It was a fairly smart layout as the fireplace was in the family room and there was a 3 step up area to the ...
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I can get cast-iron engine heads from junk yard and my wood stove has flat top so I can safely stack the heads on top of my stove to add thermal mass?

Thermal mass is almost always best implemented by using water. Cast iron has only 460 J/kgK heat capacity whereas water has 4190 J/kgK. That's nine times bigger. Not only is the heat capacity of water ...
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Woodburning stoves: what wood and why?

Native timber species (that just might be offered to you) as fuel (all 5% moisture): Beech 17Mj/kg Oak 16MJ/kg Pine 17MJ/kg (BTU/cord would be little understood in these islands) Remember that pine ...
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How can I add thermal mass to a woodstove, without a lot of weight?

I've designed my own stoves and outdoor boilers and met with considerable success with my boiler projects in particular. My first outdoor boiler was a free "jack" boiler, very small, but with some ...
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I can get cast-iron engine heads from junk yard and my wood stove has flat top so I can safely stack the heads on top of my stove to add thermal mass?

Possible , the density of iron/steel permits storage of more heat in a specific volume than water. However, cleaning engine heads will be difficult. They are likely to smell bad whenever heated. And ...
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Adding a mantle to a wood stove to add thermal mass

To store the energy from a fireplace you need mass. Solids like concrete can store 0.88 kJ/kgK, Water can store 4.18 kJ/kgK. So water can store 4.75 times more energy than concrete. Therefore a ...
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Adding a mantle to a wood stove to add thermal mass

No, in all likelyhood not. What you achieve with adding thermal mass: Wood stoves are cleanest and most efficient when they burn 'at full throttle.' Thermal mass allows you to have short intervals of ...
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Adding a mantle to a wood stove to add thermal mass

Yes, but not that way. You need far more mass than that. You need 2-5 tons of brick around the stove. This will require extra support underneath. 6x6 beams under the affected part of the stove with ...
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What are the key principles for designing a rocket stove?

For casual use, have the feed come in at a slope to the burn chamber allows the stove to self feed as the ends burn off. The burn chamber has to be large enough for the heat to start pyrolizing the ...
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What are the key principles for designing a rocket stove?

I consider the Rocket Stove design as described below. Design | | | | | | feed | | heat riser | | | ^ | | * ====== | | |* * --------| |...

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