Douglas Alpenstock wrote:I would personally be cautious. I think they would burn very quickly -- basically like kindling.
If small amounts were used, you would be constantly opening the door to add more. That's a pain, and it's not good for your indoor air quality either.
If larger amounts were used, I would worry about them burning so fast and hot that it could warp or crack the stove. In a fully airtight stove, you would have some control over that; but modern wood stoves aren't just a steel box -- they're pretty carefully engineered for the intended fuel, which is split wood.
In an emergency, if that was the only fuel available, I would take it slow, observe and adjust, and make it work.
John F Dean wrote:I have used these in an emergency situation. It was a few months after we moved in. An ice storm hit late one night. All the house had, at the time, were a couple of fire places and electric heat. Of course, the power was out, and I was looking for an option to going to the wood shed in decidedly unsafe circumstances. Anyway, the previous owner had left a couple of bags in the house. I poured both in the fireplace and lit one end. It burned one end to the other like a cigarette over a period of about 6 hours without incident. It is nothing that I would routinely do.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:In that case, a welder could probably build you a heavy duty pellet basket from his scrap pile, at a fraction of the cost.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:
But hardwood or softwood? Thoughts?
Phil Stevens wrote:Graham! MATE! That is Rube Goldberg stuff right there. How did it come out (taste wise, that is)?