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Just bought a house with a wood stove...

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by Wu_, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Wu_

    Wu_ New Member

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    Hi all^^

    I just bought a house with a wood stove... I think I'm getting the hang of running it, but there's just one problem...

    I can't slow down the burn! It has two interlocking doors with two knobs on the bottom that I think are supposed to be the air vents (there's definitely no other controls) but even when they're fully closed, the fire just blazes x.x

    I'm thinking of maybe just replacing it... (no idea what brand or model, it's unmarked AFAICT)...

    But I think I know where are the o2 is coming from... the doors don't really seal, from the right angles I can see the flames inside through gaps there... Is there any way (preferably cheap and easy^^; ) that I could jury rig something up to give it a better seal, something that can withstand the heat..?

    Thanks in advance!^^

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  2. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Can you post a pic of the stove?
  3. Wu_

    Wu_ New Member

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    This picture is *really* crappy because I don't have a lamp for the room yet and it's my cell phone....^^;

    But here it is...

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  4. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Are there rope gaskets between the doors and the stove? If so, then replacing them would probably go a long way toward solving the problem. Yes, the two knobs are controls for admitting air into the stove. Rick
  5. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Start out by doing the dollar bill door check. gaskets might be shot.
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    Wu_ New Member

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    Nope, just the metal... so is this something I should call a stove dealer about..?
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Honestly, I think it's time to think about replacing this old stove with something more modern. Rick
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    Wu_ New Member

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    Well, I can budget for that and call around after the holidays... in the meantime, no quick fixes?^^;
  9. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    Wu, welcome to the forum. I agree with the option of replacing the stove. You already have a chimney and hearth. You will do so much better with an inexpensive EPA certified stove.

    How many square feet are you trying to heat? Are you in Flagstaff Arizona?
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    It's possible you could cement some thin tape high-temp gasket material onto either the doors or the stove body. This stuff is generic, should be available at hardware stores, or stove dealers.
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    Thanks^^ I am in Flagstaff AZ. Only 1200 feet... though this thing holds a fair bit of wood, would be nice if only it would slow burn...

    I will see about contacting a dealer for a replacement tomorrow or after the weekend then...and maybe hunt down that tape until I can get it replaced. Thanks all^^
  12. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    1200 square feet in Arizona, you have a lot of options. A quality stove at low cost is an Englander 13 NC. http://www.englanderstoves.com/13-nc.html You can buy them at Home Depot for like $650.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I'm pretty sure that this stove is not installed with safe regard to clearances.
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    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    Begreen makes a good point. Maybe a few more pictures with a better perspective of what is surrounding the stove would be helpful.
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    aussiedog3 Feeling the Heat

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    That thing looks like a well built beast. I would get some gaskets glued inside the doors and burn it!
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    Hearth store was closed today... but maybe that's for the better, I would kind of prefer *not* to replace it...^^; would I just find a place that sells stoves to find someone that can install gaskets?^^
    When it comes to heat output it *is* a beast and can get the whole house sauna-hot, just need a way to regulate the burn a bit...


    Here's another crappy cell phone lowlight shot (Sorry, still haven't unpacked my good camera x.x)
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    The brick on the wall constitutes a 33% reduction in clearance from 36" or 24". The stove looks a lot closer than 24" to the combustibles behind the wall.
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    It is the old Sierra 2000 I think. There should be channels around the inside of the doors for rope gasket and "knife edges" on the front where it seals against the gaskets. You can get the gasket rope and cement for them at ACE Hardware.

    That will slow the old guy down.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Do you know what the clearances are for this old fellow? I'm gong by unlisted = 36".
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    For the logs... 21" from the closest corner, 27" from the stove's left wall's midpoint...

    How do I measure the other clearances?^^;
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    for a corner install that's enough info. the brick wall provides a 33% clearance reduction or 14" to closest corner.
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    We have the same stove, but it is built into the fireplace and has a flange on it. Was wondering if there is any information to be had at all about it?
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    A damper in the stove pipe would do wonders for being able to throttle it down.
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    Is there an air gap (legs) under the stove?

    pen

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