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Godin Woodstove help

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by Cburke, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Cburke

    Cburke New Member

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    Hello all! So I am a a newb to woodburning stoves so bear with me! I just moved into a new house with a beautiful antique godin Woodstove that is in great shape, I have plenty of firewood to burn I live in the woods. I just need help running this stove consistently. I have done some research on the stove and I know it's not a monster for heat but I don't have a big house to heat, so what I need help with is how to get this thing hot and keep it there. I can get it hot but it doesn't stay that way consistently, there's a damper in the flue that I have no idea what to do with. I use a mix between hardwood from my yard( maple and beech both well seasoned) and a wood brick fuel. Basic a pellet block I beleive. Now the wood brick burns very hot just quickly. Any ideas on how to run this thing efficiently and hot, and how to use the flue damper. I'm guessing it slows down the speed of the burn, does it also keep heat in the stove and not up the flue? The stove is a 3721 I believe that's what the plaque says but the lid says 2121. Here are some pics as well. Thanks everybody. Also just remembered, is the temp gauge on the flue pipe how hot my stove is running to heat the room, or just how hot the flue pipe is. And should I get a temp gauge for the actual stove. Thanks!
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  2. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    This is not really a wood stove - it's coal stove, which is the reason for the vertical firebox. You can burn wood in many coal stoves but not with satisfactory results. That, I fear, is what you are running up against!
  3. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    If you get two hours worth of heat out of that lil pup with wood I would be amazed.

    The stove pipe thermo is telling you approximately half of how hot the gases are in the pipe.
  4. Cburke

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    Ok thanks ill give coal a shot. Just hate to have to buy it since I have an abundance of firewood. Oh well such is life. Will coal produce decent Heat out of this stove or will it just be so so. It's gonna be a cold week here in pa.
  5. ryjen

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    Coal burns hotter, and typically longer than wood.

    Edit: You want Anthracite (hard) coal, not bituminous (soft)
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    Ok sounds good is I assume i would want smaller sized coal?
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    I'm not sure that consumer coal comes in sizes. I live in NC and the coal yards here only deal in very large bulk orders for power plant, and industrial uses. Call your local coal yard and see what they suggest. Alternatively, I understand that up there in your area that you can buy bags of coal on pallets from hardware stores?
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    Yes we can I'm on my way to get some bags now to experiment with it.
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    So first successful coal burn last night! Little shaky getting it going but after a few hours got a good coal bed going, and the godin did wonderfully heating my house(seeing as it was 4 degrees last night). Can't say ill use coal a lot just because I don't want to have to buy it but I'll keep some on hand for long burns on cold day. Thanks a lot everyone for the help I would have been pulling hair out trying to figure out how to keep wood burning all night in this stove
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    You should go to http://nepacrossroads.com search in the hand fired section there - you'll find the answers to all your questions there...

    dj

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