Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by metalsped, Dec 15, 2012.
Oh,I see..I understand now, thanks
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My CDW was the same way so I left it full.. The T5 ashpan is not sealed to the firebox, they employ an ash chute door but I find it easy to just shovel it out..
I think I finally have this stove dialed in. I had a little frustration with unregulated secondary air but I definitely have it solved. I have two magnets covering 80% of the secondary air inlet due to a tall system and the high winds. Today was about 18* with 40 mph wind gusts. I reloaded this morning at 5:30 which was a piece of cake restart after 9 hours. Came home once at about 10 and noticed small wisps of smoke coming from the chimney, went inside and closed off even more of the secondary air (due to extreme winds) which in my understanding slows the gasses down enough to allow them to preheat to a higher temp. Result was instant secondaries, and no more wisps of smoke. Came home at 5:30 and stove top was at 300* with lots of coals for another easy restart. As a matter of fact, I am getting secondary activity within a minute of reloading, and by the time I get my boots on and go outside, no smoke. Very happy.
My wood had only dried for about 8 months and i had dirty glass in both lower corners,i did have to tighten my door a couple times due to the gasket flattening out.This was operator error on the wood and normal activity i believe on the gasket.
Thanks for this thread; it has been extremely helpful in our decision to purchase an F 55. I was interested to hear any updates from you all now that you are further through the heating season.
We ended up choosing the F 55 because of hearth clearances. Our home is "blessed" with lots of doorways and windows, which made a stove site in the house more difficult to determine. However, with the 40 3/4 x 33 minimum hearth size, we'll be able to place it comfortably in the room where we'd like it to go (whew!).
Any updates would be great! Thanks again for all of the great info.
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