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Jotul: Break In Fires

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by drew, Nov 23, 2005.

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  1. drew

    drew New Member

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    Well, I've gotten our little F3 installed. The technician started the first break-in fire, which caused a few fumes, nothing big. I fired up the second break-in fire a bit ago. Boy is it fumy and smoky. I walked over and you could see the fumes emitting off the front of the door. Is this what it does? I read in the manual that I should expect some smoking and fumes, but these on the second fire is pretty overwhelming...having to open windows and even a door for a bit. 34* out now with flurries. It doesn't smell like wood so I suppose it's that stove paint?

    How much smokiness should I expect and for how long?

    I will try to get some pics tomorrow or after the holidays. My wife did a fabulous job on the pad...her first tile job.

    thanks,
    drew

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  2. michael

    michael New Member

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    Yes, this is what it will be like for the first couple of fires. I'd say it's the equivalent of leaving a pizza in the oven too long with intense paint fumes added for your smelling pleasure.

    Deffinetly open a couple of windows near the stove to let out the fumes! It's rough, I know because we broke in our stove on a very cold in December last year.
  3. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    The smell seems to vary from stove to stove and how long since it was manufactured. Is your stove enameled or natural cast iron? Our stove sat on the floor for a year, before we bought it, and I was surprised that the smoke wasn't too bad. However, I installed it in early Sept., so my early fires were with the house wide open. It should get much better after about 3-4 break-in fires.
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