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cast iron... how hot is too hot?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Joful, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    That stove you have is a beast. I've been watching your posts for some time and it sounds like she gets hot very quickly and throws alot of heat.

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  2. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    I like that house of yours. The fact that you have 3 woodburning areas is pretty cool.
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  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I am lucky that it is built like a tank. I am not the kindest person to it.;lol
    But - I have always said that the IR is one of the easiest breathing stoves that I am aware of. Its a 3.0 cuft cast iron stove that was built with one thing in mind. Make heat. It does that pretty darn well. I am also running very good (read dry) wood. All this said...it is also a very controllable stove with one exception. It don't do slow and low very well.::P It likes to cruise at 550-650F.
  4. tfdchief

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    First, this is not an effort to try to answer your question, You have gotten good answers already. Just an interesting part of my past.
    My Uncle heated his shop with a large old pot belly stove. He was a carpenter and had lots of scrap lumber. That is the only thing he ever burned in that old stove, and it always had some part glowing red:ZZZ I thought you were supposed to run them that way !!!
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    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Dear god, I long for a centrally located chimney in an open layout...
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  6. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Amen. The novelty of running multiple stoves wears off very fast, particularly when you have a tight work schedule, kids to get to bed in the evening, etc.
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    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Everything is relative. I have a not horrible heating layout as old houses go... But I long for a second bath. I long for actual closets. I long for not hitting my head on the stairwell header. I long for a basement that doesn't require walking around like a hunchback to clear the pipes. I long for space to put the kids toys somewhere other than the living room. I long for more than 3 ft of kitchen counter. :)
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  8. firecracker_77

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    I know that it's more work but still...it is nice to have a bunch of fireplaces...whether it's easy to keep them going...you would be the resident experts on these matters!!! :)
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    Sounds good. 3 cubic feet should be overnight burn range!!! As long as she isn't smoking the wood like cigarettes!
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    I can do an 8 hours burn and end up with a stove top of about 300F. Easy restart. My problem is that I am often away from home for 11 or more hours any given day.
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    It's easier than it has ever been now that I have the large stoves in place. But, it is still a lot of work.

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