Hi just thought i would give you our experience of our Pyroclassic. Its now into its third winter. we have been through 8 knobs - they burn all the time. the over air tubes have been replaced . the front guard has just been replaced . The wet back has cracked in between the back and the fire box . When we had to pull it apart to have the wetback repaired we were horrified to see how much soot/smoke grit was sitting all around . we only burn last years dry timber and its very dry.
we tried Blue Gum , Macracarpa and this year pine - all ok But the pine wont burn over night 11.30 to 6.30 am - But the fire is still warm in the morning . and it only takes a rake over and a bit of thin stuff to get going again.
all the wood merchants only sell Chunky stuff down here so you cant get a lot in . when you change the air tubes the over fill bars get removed and you can get a bit more in !
as a heating engineer the 12kw claim is way over the top, but to honest all wood fires are .
The wetback claim of 3.6kw is about right . our wet back heats a air heater coil in the roof that is ducted into all the rooms and it does spread the heat around.
We live in a 220m 1904 villa with 3.6 studs , down in Dunedin . and it is on for 7 months . we use about 13 cubes of wood a year .
The air slide is only shut at night and most of the time its between half and fully open , otherwise the heat isnt that great . with a few modifications to the design and updating this could be a stunning heater. wish we had gone for a wood burner with a underfloor air supply like the metros . and for 22 kw the fire needs to be a larger tube . I have a spare pair of over tubes that are about to go in . rather than a hole at the end im thinking of drilling a few holes along its length and blocking up the end- similar to the woodsman idea .
Has anyone tried a basket inside using wood pellets ?