Any truth to pre-season break in fires for older stoves?

unit40 Posted By unit40, Sep 25, 2008 at 11:01 AM

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  1. unit40

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    I thought I had read somewhere that it is a good idea to break-in your wood stove at the beginning of each season - the same as you do for a new stove. Any truth to that, any benefits, or is it just another excuse to fire up the stove, because if it is, I'll take it!!
     
  2. Corey

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    I've never worried with it. But then, fires at the beginning of the season just tend to be smaller and shorter lived by nature.
     
  3. Tfin

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    Exactly. Kind of happens that way anyways at our house. There's always some dust to burn off.
     
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    Yep, always dust to burn off in the beginning of the season. Also, I have heard it said that for soap stone stoves, it might be a good idea to have a small fire to dry out any moisture that the soap stone may have absorbed during the humid summer days. Dunno.
     
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    Jotul recommends a smaller break in fire after the stove has been idle for the summer. I think it's a good idea with any stove. It drives the moisture out of brick, stone and castings.
     
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    Agreed with the above. Hearthstone's manuals recommend this break-in fire each season for the reasons stated above. Its pretty weird to see the stones actually get wet with the moisture they've absorbed during the summer.
     
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    Thanks. Sounds like a good thing to do then. My two Jotul 3CB's will be happy. Regarding the temps for the break-in fire - I'm assuming just one fire, not the several fires for a new stove - what should I be looking for?
     
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    Low....~200 would do it. Bring it up slow. You will be fine.
     
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