Wood pellets in tipi stove

seldomseensmith

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Anyone ever burn wood pellets in their backpacking woodstove? I heat my house with wood pellets and always have them around. Obviously not for backpacking but this weekend we are "car camping". I'm gonna try it out. Will report back.
 

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Supposed to work with any organic fuel! I used lump charcoal last year, didn't put out much hear but it kept nice coals to get the wood going
 

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I burned a compressed log in mine once. It worked out pretty much as I expected, nice burn time and kept it warm without having to stoke the fire and tinker with much but clogged up the spark screen and left a gummy residue in the stove pipe. Next time I had a wood fire cranking I got most of the residue burned out.
 

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Has anyone tried one of the "cleaning" logs?
Might help get some of that stuff out.
Really interested to hear how the pellets do
 

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Pellets usually have a draft of air going across them to fuel the fire, not sure how well they burn just sitting there.
 

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it was supposed to be a 4 hour log, per the marketing on the paper packaging. It was probably around 3.5, but I added some small pieces of firewood at the end so I can't give a more exact burn time than that. I would do it again if I was going in for a short trip where I wasn't loaded down. Or canoe/hunting trips where weight isn't as big of an issue. Most of the time I wouldn't need 4 hours of burn time anyway, so you could saw one of those in half and still get a nice burn in the evening to dry gear, eat dinner, and go to bed warm. The biggest issue is that it burns a little dirty, no way could you use a screen type spark arrestor. But you get no sparks with one, it'd just be an issue if you were required to use one in a wilderness area or something like that.
 

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Keep in mind those compressed logs burn a whole lot hotter. One tip I picked up to use them in an UL stove is to slice them into steaks and break them apart, to compliment the natural wood you're burning.
 

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I intend to use them in a five gallon bucket homemade stove when camping close to the car and using my tipi. Sounds like about 4 of those with a pipe dampener will do it up right. Thanks man.
 

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It may struggle a bit until you get a good draft going, but I don't see why not?
I use one of those pellet mazes in my smoker and it burns with no draft at all once you get it going.
 
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It may struggle a bit until you get a good draft going, but I don't see why not?
I use one of those pellet mazes in my smoker and it burns with no draft at all once you get it going.

That's what I think. I'll prob need to light it with some sort of fire starter. Maybe a triox tab or something.
 
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