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I am a Dumbass!

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by loon, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    Had to go into town earlier to get gas for the 4 wheeler and before that i was getting the stove ready for the days burn..Guess what? I friggen left the damper wide open <>

    The stove top was only 600f and the pipe was 400f but man it sure does give a guy a wake up call..

    Double check when leaving the house gang!

    Mrs loon and friends went to Cuba the other day, so i didnt have any back-up.

    loon
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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I call over 600 just getting warmed up.
  3. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Hell, I don't even need to leave the house.

    I have, on two occasions, loaded the 30 and then got distracted and have come back to a stove north of 800 degrees. Once I was even IN THE SAME ROOM. I got a business call and I am at my desk with my back to the stove. 40 minutes into the call and I'm beginning to wonder why I am sweating...

    I'm not too bright and I have three stoves to remind me of this on, nearly, a daily basis six months out of the year.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Glad that one turned out okay for you Loon. Those can sometimes get really going hot, hot, hot!
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  5. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    With the summit I got woke up to 800 + to the sound of smoke alarms, never had the pipe that hot up higher to bake the paint, freaks one out I tell ya, still a big fan of steel stoves for this reason, they are the toughest in my book.
    Half hour cat naps can do wonders :oops:
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  6. Kevin Dolan

    Kevin Dolan Member

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    Loon, it happens so easily. I am going to carry a timer so it beeps after 10 mins so I don't forget. Glad it was not too bad and it depends on what temp scares you, 600 would not bother me but it is all what you are used too. I would hate to be twenty miles away and remember that I had not shut the stove down and no one was home, now that would get me sweating!!!!!
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  7. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    Will the paint on a stovepipe bake,and what does it smell like?Thanks,I though the paint was good for like 1200*.
  8. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    Still thinking about what coulda happend...

    Got a few fire extinguishers here but 'nobody' was home except the 3 amigo's <>


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    Gonna have to teach Emma how to work that one in behind her ear ;)
  9. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    Loon,
    Glad it wasn't worse.
    Is that 400 external temp on flue? Imagine it must be with the stove top 600. Hate to think where mine would be if I did that. Worst I've done is walk the dog to the gate and realize when I got there that the damper was open. :rolleyes: Artan enjoyed the run back.

    Have often wondered when you post "going to town", where "town" is. Elgin? Westport? Gananoque? Kingston? "Going to town" for me is most often Smiths Falls (Because there isn't anything in POrtland), and it would be pretty much disaster if I found myself is Smiths Falls, and realized I had an open damper at the home. Afraid a neighbor would be getting a rather urgent call.
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  10. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    Had some big numbers back on Rays T5 thread rideau that i sure didnt like !!! 600f is fine here.

    I go to Kingston when i go to town as its only about 20 minutes away. There is a gas bar closer but i had to grab a couple other things in the big city >>
  11. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    I am a Dumbass!

    Um, ok.

    But, you're not alone. I had a similar brain fart yesterday while kneading bread. After I loaded the stove. Then walked away.
    DOH! Single wall was just a hair over 450 and smelling.....funny. Not hah hah funny, but weird funny.
    You know, like melting steel funny.
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  12. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    Back in the day when I knew everything, lol I used some discount store motor paint to make the thick ugly pc of pipe look pretty that was used for a nipple sticking out of the wall.
    Thats all been re done now.
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  13. loon

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    I sure couldnt of put up I am a Smartass Dave ==c
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  14. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    This thread is exactly why I built my digital stove alarm. Ive come out into the living room several times to see the stove way over temperature from people forgetting to check on it after loading.. Its a scary thing for sure.

    While the current one wouldnt help if I was on the road, "Stove thermometer Mk.2 " might. Its possible to have an alarm condition send an email or text to your cellphone. It's not that hard to do with the proper hardware.
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  15. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Well, you're name isn't Dave, so I'll do it.
    I'm a Smartass.;)
    Didn't want you to feel all alone.
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  16. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    My Middle name is ;lol
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  17. Excavator

    Excavator Burning Hunk

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    and at my age i keep saying the older i get the more i forget ;em
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  18. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Actually my middle name too, loon.:cool:
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    certified106 Minister of Fire

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    Consider yourself lucky it only hit 600 lol..... Guess you learned a lesson that and it should be a reminder for everyone else also! Glad it turned out to be no big deal and that you are getting along with your stove so well!
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    3fordasho Feeling the Heat

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    I've had it happen a couple times on the fireview- with the bypass open the flames can shoot right up the pipe and overheat the chimney in a big hurry.
    Scared me enough to buy the parts to put together monitoring system - a temp probe, relay output temp controller and a 110v mini air compressor. Plan was to monitor flue temps and if it hit a set point to turn on the air compressor- The air compressor would be connected to a small air cylinder that would close down the draft. Have not actually done it because I've learned to be pay close attention to the stoves when in bypass / air wide open mode. Probably should still complete it. I am also the only one who operates the stoves, if others were doing it I would definately have the monitoring system installed.
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  21. Bub381

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    I've had the double slip pipe up to 300 but never had the stovetop over 650 or so That Fireview can get that pipe hot fast is right..
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  22. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Glad things were OK, Loon. Glad the crew is OK, too.

    Loaded the PE the other night, got everything ready for sleeping time, and forgot to crank the air down on the PE.......wondered why when I woke up @ 5:30 AM and didn't hear the fan cycling........... duh !!

    Lucky me, everything fine.

    It happens.
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  23. weatherguy

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    Welcome to the club, Im a lifetime member, Ive done the same and was never more than 15 feet from the stove, must be my adhd.
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    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    Get a timer.
  25. Al pelletier

    Al pelletier New Member

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    All these comments show just how far we've got from common sense in using wood stoves! DO NOT overload the stove, EVER! Do NOT load for an all-day or all-night burn (unless you live in a cave.) NEVER put pitchy wood in a stove (except tiny pieces of fatwood to start the fire.) NEVER put more than one "presto" or "firelog." type fuel in the stove at a time. Any of these episodes just may have been creosote fires. Did anyone look at the flue after? In my experience, creosote only forms from burning wet wood, pitchy wood, or from overloading a stove, and reducing the combustion air. All these episodes resulted from failures of common sense.

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