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EKO 25, Smoke Smell? How can I limit this?

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by RDabate, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. RDabate

    RDabate Member

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    I'm still learning how to burn wood with this unit. One of the things I dislike the most is how the house seems to smell like smoke. Is there anything common that I should be looking at? I mean, these things are supposed to be relativity sealed up right?

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  2. taxidermist

    taxidermist Minister of Fire

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    Door gaskets are known for leaking. What gasket do you have? the silicone one or the plain rope one?


    Rob
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    taxidermist Minister of Fire

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    stee6043 Minister of Fire

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    Search away. This is a well documented and easily remedied situation. The easiest way to find the leak is to turn off the lights and use a flash light.
  5. RDabate

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    I believe they are the rope gaskets.
  6. taxidermist

    taxidermist Minister of Fire

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    Take door off and fill the top of the rope gasket with high temp silicone. smooth off with putty knife. Let cure then put the door back on and adjust hinges. I did this with the silicone gasket after it dried up after 1 season of use. and so far this is the best seal i have ever had.

    Rob
  7. RDabate

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    It looks like one of the doors is rope, and one is silicon. Question, it looks like the web site for these things only sell the silicone now. Any idea's on how I could make something up from a local hardware store instead?
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    woodsmaster Minister of Fire

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    Get the silicone gasket. Much better than rope type.
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    Learning load cycles is a good thing too. That is don't load when there is wood in the upper chamber unless you want to invest in a smoke hood.
  10. taxidermist

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    Yep Do just like I said above fill with silicone(high temp) that is what i did after the silicone on they sell failed after 1 year.

    Rob
  11. RDabate

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    Would anyone know the exact thickness (Around) and how long these silicone gaskets are?
  12. mr.fixit

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    I measured the new silicone gasket that I bought 1 year ago but never installed.
    It measures approx.55" long and 1-1/8" diameter.
    The biggest problem with my door seal was the door didn't close far enough even after adjusting the hinges in.
    After a period of time the gasket gets a seat formed in it from the door frame,but there is really nothing wrong with the gasket.
    I noticed that there was some play for and aft in the door latching handle,and it looked like if this play was eliminated in the right direction it would let the handle pull the door closed tighter.
    So what I did was to wrap a piece of bare 12 ga. copper wire around the door handle shaft between the handle and washer and twisted it tight and cut off the excess.
    It worked perfectly and after some use the copper flattened down nicely.
    I know it sounds kinda like a cobble job but it has been working like this for over a year with still the original gasket and no leaks.
    I do keep the handle moving parts lubed with white grease.

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    What did you use for "high temp silicone" I found some red silicone (Imperial) that is list up to 600 degree with a working temperature of 500 degree for an extended periods of time.
  14. taxidermist

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    Yes that will work

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