Leaving a stove un-attended?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Machria, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. greenbrierwv

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    my wife and i are both comfortable running the stove 24/7 for at least 3 months on end in winter. our rule of thumb that we live by, triple check the fire before bed and triple check the fire before leaving. once you get comfortable you will know when the stove is running right and that it is safe to walk away from. Get some burning under your belt and you will understand. But always...TRIPLE check the stove, cuz when you have kids running around you can get distracted. I once told my wife "if the only thing you do before you leave is check the stove, that is what you need to do".
     

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  2. bag of hammers

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    Thanks for the comment. Sometimes I feel almost OCD when it comes to checking the stove especially in the wee hours Nice to know I'm somewhat normal. Having a dog that likes to go outside in the early hours has been helping me rationalize the behaviour, but you can only blame so many things on the dog (saving that for chili night) :)
     
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    Same here...but...shhh...it's on purpose so I can spend an hour or so enjoying the fire in a completely quiet dark house.
     
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    Great feedback, thanks.....
     
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    The stove itself will never catch fire or melt.
    Things around it could.
    I truly would want the chimney to be a correct install..it must be right!
    My hearth fire back is like a inch or so from the wall.
    The bottom and top rows of bricks have place's where there is no motor so that air circulates behind it.
    I really respect fire and I have no problem sleeping or leaving the house with the stove going..wife won't leave though if the dryer is running...but the stove going when she leaves does not worry her.
     
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    i like the timer idea. it is easy to get distracted when you are running it with lots of air prior to shutting it down once you reach your desired temp. as far as letting others / guests use it, i would vote no unless they have experience and you really trust them. each stove is different.
     
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    There was a whole thread on that topic recently. The general consensus was simple: Just don't do it. Which was backed up with some pretty interesting stories.

    I use a timer religiously. I started doing that after one morning soon after getting the stove, when I went to take a shower about 10 minutes after starting a fire with the door partly open, as is sometimes suggested to do for a while. It turned out okay, but it was still a bad, bad, idea. Actually, I don't even keep the door open anymore, just have the air up full.
     
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    Yep, me and the big dog, just lounging by the fire.. I don't think he has many more in him, so I do enjoy it when I am down there.
     
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    What do you mean "hid" as in past tense . . . just wait until I release the PapaDave XXX Woodstove Porn Tapes on the Internet. ;)
     
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    The search has officially commenced.:mad:;)
     
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    Mrs. Blue and I worried about this when we started burning... a little experience plus a new CO detector made everybody happier.
     
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    Yep, I watched the stove like a hawk at first.
    Went back twice,... I think, to make sure I'd closed the door and adjusted the air.
     
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