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Done my break in burns....can I let her roar?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Elle, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. blwncrewchief

    blwncrewchief Burning Hunk

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    I can honestly admit that the stove burns better, I use less wood, and the house temp stays more consistent when I'm not home to mess with the stove. Sad but true.
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  2. Oldhippie

    Oldhippie Minister of Fire

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    Pics or it didn't happen. ==c (oh, I guess this is too late..) Nice pics!!

    Be careful not to overfire.. bring the stove up to temp with gradual decreases in the air intake. Don't light a stove, and leave it wide open to catch and walk away.. start doing something else.. only to come back and find the wood all gone. That's not good. Don't ask me how I know.
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  3. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Yup. Easy to do. Use a timer if you have to leave the door cracked open at all. Or even for just when you have the air turned up at first.
  4. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    The door crack necessity will diminish or be eliminated all together when it actually is COLD outside. Draft is less than optimal this time of year and requires much more air to efficiently burn than it will a month from now - or deep into the winter. I have had a short, hot fire in the 30 that past few mornings to bring the house temp up and, as you mentioned, the stove keeps increasing the heat long after the fire has burned down but that is also reflective of outside temps rising and the quality of your home insulation(mine is not so great) When it is 25 and blowing outside a downcycling stove does not produce the same sort of result around here :) but there is always more wood available.

    I doubled my hearth after the first year to add space for a couple stove loads of wood and keep the mess at bay. I am certainly happy I did.

    Congrats on the new toy. Run it like you are with your uglies and leave the air open(or opener) in relation to deep cold use to compensate for the lacking draft this time of year. Take advantage of decent weather and put a fan in the window sucking all the burn off stink out if it is very strong. Mine set off my detectors for a few weeks - argg!!
  5. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    +1.

    flue temps zero-to-1000 in the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee....
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  6. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    I found when warmer out using a top down start will allows me to close the door
  7. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    That makes sense. A marginal draft situation may be the best reason to do top-down.
  8. FullCompliment

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    For me, a top-down start works much better when it's cold and the draft is stronger. Because of the Oslo's somewhat tall firebox, you can build your "footings" with some decent-sized splits. I also scrape a tunnel out of the ash N-S from the doghouse so the whole bottom layer gets air. I like top-down because you can light it and check back in an hour or so with good coals for a full "real" load.

    Congrats on the stove; I can't think of anything (stove or otherwise) that combines such good looks looks with as much performance. Function or form? Yes, please.
  9. Trooper

    Trooper Guest

    Kind of like a fireplace but with heat :)
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