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Earth stove 100 series Soot Build up

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by copper, Nov 25, 2009.

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  1. copper

    copper New Member

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    Hello Everyone,
    I am trying to do some research for my Dad, He has an old Series 100 Earth Stove that he has been very happy with for many years.
    The problem is that all this time he has had to climb on the roof every month and clean the screen and top 12" because of the soot build up. He says that it will nearly be completely plugged up with soot.
    Well, Mom won't let him get on the roof anymore so he is afraid to use the stove and now the fuel bills are becoming a problem.

    I think there must be something wrong with his setup or maybe the stove is just too big for his small home. He usually always burns nice seasoned wood. The chimney is triple wall maybe 6 or 7 ft. to the top of the roof then around 5 ft. above the roof.
    He probably never gets the heat above 450 deg. as it just make the home to dang hot. I would bet that it is even lower through the night.
    He uses some kind of additive that is supposed to help with the build up, don't know what brand. I guess it is supposed to dry out the soot.

    Any suggestions on what I should do to help him out.

    Thanks
    Brad

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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    It sounds like you may have answered your own question in that he burns too slowly with the old, non-epa stove.

    Perhaps a nice englander 13nc would be in order? The new EPA stoves burn much cleaner than the old ones. Also, if it is sized appropriately he won't need to choke it down further enhancing the clean-chimney-trifecta --> Seasoned wood, hot chimney, epa stove.

    BTW, what classifies for seasoned wood around your parts?

    pen
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Had one of these in our living room as a kid. It's a beast and can put out the heat ... but it also put out a ton of smoke which created a chimney-full of creasote. Even while burning dry, seasoned wood, we had a couple of scary chimney fires

    I recently told my chimney sweep about the old Earth Stove. He said he still sees a few ... and that they are always full of creasote.

    An EPA stove like the Englander is the way to go. It's not only the best bang for the buck ... it may save a life!
  5. carinya

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    I got my englander/timber ridge/summers heat/no name (see pen's post) from a distributor on ebay

    http://cgi.ebay.com/TIMBER-RIDGE-50...emQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4143afe09c

    $631 delivered to your door !

    Mine had taken a thumping somewhere between englandstove factory and my place.
    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/38697/P22/#487218

    So after calculating the cost of shipping the stove back and shipping a new stove I offered to give them a $336 discount on the price they charged me. Check came in the mail a few days later and I have a great little stove for not many dollars - oh, & don't forget the tax credit :coolsmile:
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