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Posted by Morris Dovey on October 15, 2008, 1:15 pm
Jim Wilkins wrote:

Usta cut seven cords a year, so I can sympathize - but when you guys get
tired, consider building yourselves a couple of these firnaces [intended


Not only does it save the back - it also means no chimney to clean and
no ashes to carry/spill...


Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA

Posted by z on October 15, 2008, 4:34 pm

Yeah that'd be great for some parts of the country.  I doubt it would do
me much good.. The main issue here isn't really the cold as much as it is
the damp.  Rains all the time and if you don't have a fire going the
house starts growing mushrooms and your rain gear never gets dry.  Also
the clouds kind of nix solar pretty good.

Now if you could come up with a solar powered log splitter we could get
all our wood in during the summer and be toasty all winter :)

Posted by Cydrome Leader on October 15, 2008, 5:15 pm
has anybody made a steam powered log splitter?

Posted by Jim Wilkins on October 15, 2008, 6:10 pm
I saw one at an old engine meet but I definitely wouldn't copy it. The
splitter part was a vertically acting press with a large flywheel and
NO clutch, the wedge just kept cycling up and down while the operator
deftly placed the wood on the press bed between strokes.

My splitter was built and worn out by someone else using Northern Tool
parts. I got it for $00 and replaced the seals and pump to get it
going again. The 5HP gas engine uses maybe a gallon of gas to split a
year's wood.

Posted by Morris Dovey on October 15, 2008, 5:38 pm
 z wrote:

Clouds do have an effect, but as much as you'd guess - but the dampness
problem would still be there. :-(

I'm working on a solar engine that appears scalable to the hundred
horsepower range. IIRC a 7 - 12 hp engine should do the job - which
should be buildable (if not very portable). I just added log splitter to
the list of possible applications, but don't put off getting your wood
in. :-)

Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA

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