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Flue temp - stove top temp ?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Billybonfire, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Jclout

    Jclout Member

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    Why bring the flu temp up high in the morning, is it to establish a strong draft because you are reloading on the morning coals and the flue temp is low? Ive read that a hot burn once a day is good to keep the chimney clean but how would that help to clear out any built up creosote? By the way Begreen thanks for your explanation of the more efficient burn!

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  2. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    This is an interesting thread, I have been using three thermometers and, I thought I was going overboard but, I guess not.
    I had the flu temp up to almost 900° . I knew it was getting too hot. But it kept rising after I choked it down and . It took a little while to cool down. That was a little freaky for me.
    When starting a brand-new fire I leave the door open for a bit, does anyone else do that?
  3. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I always leave the door open for a few minutes when lighting a new fire. My stove manual even dictates to do so.

    Andrew
  4. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    i do, as per mfg recommendation, and because it works for me. But only for a few seconds, and I chain myself to the hearth first now until that first fire is well under control, even after the door is shut tight. I know it can take off really fast - e.g. time it takes to go fetch and coffee.

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