I've reduced my wood use by about 40%. Have a stove now that has a 2 1/2 in pipe on each side of the fire pit that delivers fresh air low in the fire box. Where the ignition is taking place. It is very efficient. Empty ash every 4-5 weeks. Get about a 5 gallon pail full. If I can figure out how to attach them i will post a picture and a drawing. I've been burning for years and have never seen a wood stove that is this efficient.
Your fortunate with that wood price Brad, on this side of the state it is 60-100 a rick delivered.
I lined the stove with fire brick (1.60$ each locally), cut them to fit exact, they cut surprisingly easy with a chop saw and a masonry blade. Laid them up with a running pattern. Been using it for months now with zero problems. The fan behind it helps move heat throughout the house, aprox. 1300 sq. ft. No problem at all keeping the place at 72 degrees.
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