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Posted By quads,
Dec 2, 2006 at 9:00 PM
I try to clean it once a month unless the roof is super slippery then i try to bribe one of my sons to go up by asking them if tyhey will take care of my wife if i slip off and have to be hospitalised. we also occasionaly use an earth stove thats in our attached porch (screened and glazed, fire up and open the patio door leading to the house . Have been heating entirely with wood (except for winter vacations ) since the 70s so have a fair handle on it. My dad and grandfather also heated with wood so i was lucky to have some insight into the plus and minus of it.My model of the klondike has the two steel tubes that run from the fan input through the fire box (and back to the top of the air jacket)
Also very aware that there is no way to eliminate creosote but can reduce the amount with stack temp , and burning dry wood (Have a wood room in basement , complete with chute from outside and have duct work into the room so wood dries evern more than when brought in . Wood is at least one year aged and in most cases 2 years. The warner hersey label lists my unit with the following model/serial no WHI 000005 , Im strongly suspecting the smoke shelf i added replaced an original that got removed as the channel in the stove was at the right height , like i said any info appreciated
I clean my chimney once a month also. I keep about one month's supply of wood on the porch, and when that's gone I clean the chimney and refill the porch. I prefer to clean it from the top down, but when the roof is slippery, I can clean it from the bottom up.
We heat entirely with wood also. I have a forced air LP furnace for backup, but never even turn it on other than a five minute test run in the Fall. Every generation of my family has also heated with wood.
Your Klondike is a newer model than mine. Mine has no fan or anything at all like that. It's much like the old Fishers, just a big heavy steel box with cast iron doors and lined with firebrick. The steel is heavier gauge than the Fishers I've seen though. It also was never made with any labels, and never came with any sort of manual. My dad purchased it new from the place in the Rapids in about 1970 or so.
DISCLAIMER TO ALL YOU NEWBIES OUT THERE, READ THIS: in case you haven't figured this out already, creosote is a bad thing. I am a professional. Do not try this at home. I posted these pictures 4 years ago to show people what creosote looks like.[/quote]
Quads it just goes to show we miss your daily postings of you in the woods. We had to dig out 4 year old threads to get our fix!
sorry to have responded to a an old post but on all the web yours is the only thing i have found that had info on the klondike made in wisconsin, still hoping to hook up with folks who have a similar model to mine and find out their thoughts and opinions , thanks again for the response , Im in Tomahawk so if your in the area and care to stop and see my unit and other woodburning items please do. , Thanks again for the info
I do not have "45 year old Klondike stove made in Wisconsin Rapids" I have a Regency F2400 and I get about a cup full in 1 burning season. Is that hard to believe or something?
Ha ha! Thanks! I don't normally cut wood in October and November. It's when most of the hunting seasons are and I don't like to disturb the guys that still hunt. The Monday after Thanksgiving you can bet I'll be right back at it!
I'm about 15 miles from Castle Rock Lake. You probably won't find anybody else with a Klondike stove. You and I are most likely the last of the last! I have only heard of one other one that is in a cabin and only used once or twice a year. I have never seen it, but was told it is identical to mine. Otherwise, you and I are the only ones I know of that still use them to heat our homes.
Nope, about a cup full after a whole burning season is not at all hard to believe from your set up. It's when I thought you and I were comparing the same stove that made it hard to believe!
Glad that's been cleared up. HA!
lol, and now I see how old the thread is..... I thought I might of been special with only a cup of creosote. well I am kinda special though.
HAHA! Yup, my old threads occasionally pop up out of nowhere. That's ok, brings back memories to my old brain!
This was a really great thread. Thanks for the pics guys. I had to order one more chimney section to get me over the 3' rule (im at 2'8") and am curious to see what a week of burning has done when I go up to put it on
I remember that brown chrunchy corn flake creosote from my childhood. Emptied a 5 gallon bucket full every month during the burn season from the chimney cleanout while I was growing up. Can't say we had a full blown chimney fire but I can remember a few times the stove would start to make some really funny noises and it was a scramble to see who could get to it first and shut the damper and draft control. used to scare the heck out of my Dad.
Yup, when I was a kid we had several rip-roarin' chimney fires! Like a rocket strapped upside-down to the side of the house, flames and burning chunks coming out, black smoke billowing 100 feet in the air, the old stove shaking and jumping in the house....! I remember a couple times Dad would get the ladder out, climb to the top of the chimney, and dump something down it. Don't remember exactly what it was anymore, might have been baking soda or baking powder. Then later on, Dad wouldn't even look up from his newspaper when the chimney caught fire; if there was no snow, he would send one of us kids outside to watch the burning chunks didn't start the roof on fire.
....aaah, the Good Ole Days, huh!? This description sounds like a scene out of the Christmas Story movie...cursing and grumbling about the furnace in the basement....overloading a single wall outlet with 6+ devices....Dad having to bring in the car battery at night when he came home from work in Jan/Feb so it would "possibly" crank over the engine in the morning...lots o' fun!
It does sound like a movie but personally witnessing it is much better :ahhh:
Not only the stove dancing and sounding like a freight train but the pipe glowing red /white hot and illuminating the room ,
This sure made me chuckle quads. I like your posts man.
HAHA! Thanks! I have led an entertaining life, for the most part....