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Cat stove question

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by mellow, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    This might be just an issue with burning a cat stove with temps only in the 40's at night and not getting enough draft.

    Do you need to have a little flame going with your stove while the cat is engaged?

    I have been getting blow backs when the flame goes out and the smoke builds up in the firebox (cat running at 1000), giving it a little more air has fixed the issue, it seems to want a little flame to help ignite the smoke in the box and not have a build up.

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  2. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    I'd say you nailed it, mellow. With our stove, in these mild temps, we have to have at least a little flame in the firebox. Otherwise, tendency to back-puff like you said. Not so much in colder weather.
  3. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    Cool thanks for the confirmation. That is the only issue with trying a new stove in fall/spring, trying to figure out if it is weather or stove related issues.
  4. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    I'm able to run my BK on low with no issues in warmer temps. Sounds like a draft issue due to the warmer temps.
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    You did fine. Many times we run the stove with no flame and have no problem with it. Chimney stays clean too so the cat is doing what it is intended to do.

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