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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by chad3, Dec 24, 2009.

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  1. chad3

    chad3 Feeling the Heat

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    Alright guys help me out for a friend.
    He is using this stove and is getting pretty short burn times. I asked about NS vs EW burns and he is getting shorter burns with EW. What can anyone say that I can send to him for a bit of help. What have you found that works. I'm talking about burn controls as well as wood.
    His stove is getting to about 600 in about 1 hour, but is down to about 200 4 hours after. Is this usual?
    Thanks for any help.
    Chad

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  2. cmcramer

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    Good, seasoned hardwood I presume? If I pack my Quad 4300 on a good bed of coals and reduce the air to minimum, I only have to throw on some smaller spilts in the morning to get it going again. I'm using 2 year old maple and beech: nice...

    My external stovepipe temp (single wall, 14 inches up from stove) at minimum air usually runs about 250.
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    Same here cmcramer...............

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  4. chad3

    chad3 Feeling the Heat

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    I was more curious about how to go about longer burn times and what you do. My Oslo will run 8 hours and have coals for a relight his is out.
    Wood is seasoned fine, gets to temp fine, just short burn times.
    Thanks for the replies fellas.
    Chad
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    If I am correctly understanding one of the themes of this forum...it's all about the wood being used and the stove's draft....

    That being said, all I do is pack the stove full with maple and beech, and immediately turn down all air as far as possible: no big technique to it. There is no doubt that your friend has both air controls al the way closed....right?
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    It could be the size of the splits he is using or the wood is extremely dry or he is mixing in softwood or lumber scraps. 10 small splits will ignite and burn up faster than 3 big ones.

    Another possibility could be that he has very strong draft and needs to cut it down. Can you describe the wood he is burning and the height of the flue off the stove?
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    chad3 Feeling the Heat

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    I'm thinking the second. He puts very small size splits in it. I'll have to see what he can get out of it with larger splits. I'd guess about 20 feet of pipe total.
    Chad
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