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All night non-epa burn advice

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by schlot, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Dougp

    Dougp New Member

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    I would certainly throw a damper on the flue. It makes retaining heat MUCH easier for overnight burns. Right now I have an old clunker franklin style wood stove, trust me I'm working on an upgrade, and I can get it to burn for about 7 hours starting at 550 and finishing at just under 300. When you don't have a great stove air controls are that much more important. IMHO.

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  2. oldspark

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    The one I found online was 759 dollars, I hope you did not pay that much as you could have done better for that money.
  3. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    No it was an end of year clearance at less than half of that.
  4. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    You bet, have one installed. I normally run it as closed as I can.
  5. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    I looked in Menards yesterday and they had a cheap non EPA stove and it had combustion air control but it was a smaller stove.
  6. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    To update this, the air intake is just under the front lip of the stove. Individual vents approximately 1.5" long by 3/4" tall spaced about an 1" apart (from memory). I cam across a long magnet I had about 1" square and 24" long. It's meant for hanging tools from. I was thinking about cutting it down in increments to match the spaces in between the vents. That way I can us my vice grip (since they will be a tad warm at times) to put them on and take them off, covering the vents as I need?

    Sound reasonable to you guys? I will take some pics later if that helps.
  7. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Rather than chunk up the magnet, could you just slide it over (left/right) to cover the desired number of slots to control the airflow? If you drilled a hole you could mount a bolt (or something) on it to give you a handle which, if you made it long enough, would remain cool to touch for adjustment. A bunch of little magnets and vice grips sounds clunky to me.
  8. schlot

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    I tried the magnet last night. It worked...a little too well. Covered too many vents up so the temps dropped too much through the night.But with some experimentation it should help. Think I will still cut the magnet, other wise it hangs over the one side of the stove and looks odd. My wife loves the stove but not sure she would go for something like that.

    Will post some pics later.
  9. Bret Chase

    Bret Chase Minister of Fire

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    I've got an old Better 'N Ben's two door stove... I put in a brand new double wall chimney... install Exceeds NFPA211.. Even using a 35 year old stove (with brand new door gaskets) I fill it when I go to bed, damn near close the damper, close one of the two air valves.... I do this at around 10pm... when I get up at 6am.... The flue gas temp isn't great, but there is a nice bed of coals that instantly lights off the birch I toss in to get 'er going again. I am currently using a ash/birch/maple mix (It's just where I am in the wood pile, deeper in the pile is about 90% locust). I know with my stove... the size of the splits is everything when it comes to burning overnight.

    My house was built in 1865... basically no insulation (other that what I have installed).. When I wake up, it's a wonderful sleeping temp of 62-64F. I have no complaints

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