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Left the house for the first time today...

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Firedancer, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Firedancer

    Firedancer New Member

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    ...hard to do with 450 degrees blazing in the background. I was careful though and made sure I blew out the one candle I had lit in the house. :) Harder to leave than it is to sleep at night IMO.
    All is well...house still here and it's nice and warm.

    Went out and bought a fan so we'll see what that does. Just trying to move the heat around. I'm still in need of a steamer for my insert. Any good websites out there with reasonable prices to purchase such a thing?


    Enjoy the cool weather ;)

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  2. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    Lol, yeah, it is a different experiance isn't it? It was weird for us even with the DV stoves, seeing that flame there and just walking away from it. I think I was less anxious with the wood stove after getting use to the Dv for 10 years.
  3. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    You'll get over that uneasy feeling soon enough. It's just another step in my morning when I have to start doing morning loads. I usually take a peek at the stove as I walk out the door, if the bypass is closed, door is latched and I see no flame(blaze king on low burn) I know I'm good to go.
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  4. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    You do get a rythym to it. Get up, start the stove, let the dog out, adjust the stove, get ready, check the stove, leave....
  5. Firedancer

    Firedancer New Member

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    ;lol Get up, start waking kids, check stove, grab COFFEE, call kids, start stove...watch stove, call kids...



    ..call kids ;)
  6. PLAYS WITH FIRE

    PLAYS WITH FIRE Minister of Fire

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    i don't know if you are new to wood burning or anything. The problem I had was not so much that the wood burner would explode or something. I kept thinking I would have a chimney fire because of creosote. I was cured of that after cleaning my chimney every other week for a month or three. It really helped me see what was going on and set my mind at ease.
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  7. Firedancer

    Firedancer New Member

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    I figure if my air intake is fully shut (my stove still allows some air even when fully shut) I probably, hopefully can't get into trouble. Is that the wrong way of thinking??
  8. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    Same here. Left the new insert alone for first time this morning. Always had the wood furnace in the basement but wasn't the same. Only through 3 small splits on as I knew it would be in the mid 50s this afternoon. As the others say I loaded it up on hot coals from night before and made my adjustments as usual. I was able to close the air all the way down and left to some beautiful secondaries. I expect it would burn until about noon as I left the house at 0630, just enough to keep the dogs cozy
  9. MishMouse

    MishMouse Minister of Fire

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    make sure kids get their clothes on the right way, handle a crisis of one not being able to find x (sock, shoe, dress)...
    Check stove to make sure secondary burn is active and stove is cruising at appropriate temp.
    Wake kid up who went back to sleep, get kid shoes and coats back on..
    Handle another crisis of a kids who can not find a brush which she just had....
    Start car to get frost off of it and get it warmed up.
    . . .
    The first few times I was a little concerned but after a while once you get used to getting the stove at proper temps and at cruising speed you do not have to worry anymore.
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    All the epa stoves are designed so you can not completely shut off the air. However, that does not mean you should fully close that draft. You may do more harm than good with this. It will take some experimenting to find just the right setting but it should not be a zero for most installations.
  11. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Well . . . not exactly . . . depending on the heat, draft, etc. you may deprive the stove of too much oxygen and then it can become a creosote machine . . . but in general, if you've dialed in your stove at the right temps (not too hot and not too cold) you may be able to shut 'er all the way down.
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  12. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    As folks have mentioned . . . feeling safer with your stove is all about developing good burning habits and practices . . . following those habits religiously. I check and often double check things before leaving the house.
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  13. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Right Jake. I really question all the recent posts about folks closing their drafts all the way. I do not think it a good idea.
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  14. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    I agree with jake as far as when you have good burning habits bad things shouldn't happen. Always check once then again , the rest of the family depends on it.
  15. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    I've just gotten started with 24/7 burns in my BK Princess Insert. I think it might be more tough psychologically to leave a stove with roaring fire, but with the BK it's just this dull read glow for 12 hours. Haha. Monday was the first day I left it alone, and I came home at lunch. And each day after it's gotten better as I've learned the stove. Loving it!
  16. BurningBrutus

    BurningBrutus New Member

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    Im getting very jealous of you guys with your BK inserts and stoves doing 12 or 24 hour burns, i really wish i would have known about BK before i bought my PE. I got a 8 hour burn today, but i would love to get 12 or 24. errrrrrrrr
  17. D8Chumley

    D8Chumley Feeling the Heat

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    I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one nervous about leaving the stove blazing when I leave for work at 0530. I have texted my son who gets up for school 45 min to see how its doing after I leave every morning since I have been running it 24 hrs. I threw 5-6 splits on a nice bed of coals last night, and woke up slightly nervous 2 hrs later when she started cracking and popping. Stack temp right around 400+, but I was still a little tense for a good 20 minutes
  18. HotCoals

    HotCoals Minister of Fire

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    I just don't ever see myself not burning a cat stove.
    You can start with a room temp stove and have it closed down with no flame in a hour easy..sometimes a 1/2 hour or less.
    When I go to bed there are no flames and I know my chimney is clean..no worries.
  19. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    The BK stove wasn't my first along with a bunch of other people. I had to see what all the hype was about, I had a non cat(Lopi Endeavor) for 2 seasons before buying my BK.(starting season 3 with the BK) Have to say it lives up to all the "hype" that you read about. Getting ready to load up on a nice coal bed, last load was last night at 7pm with Silver Maple and Cherry so over 25 hours on average hardwood. :)
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  20. BurningBrutus

    BurningBrutus New Member

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    I hate you, jk, i guess im stuck with this one for now since i just got in 2 months ago. I have to ask though, how is the technology so much better. Does it cut off so much air that it makes it last so much longer?
  21. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    Not sure it's necessarily better just different. The BK stoves do a fine job of controlling the burn and releasing the heat. My Endeavor was either on or off, load it up, it would head for the moon and come back down as the wood burned down. The BK has a flat output or less ups and downs.

    Sorry for the derailment of the original post. Back to the top of leaving the stove!
  22. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    It's all about the bimetal thermostat and the CAT, IMO.
  23. BurningBrutus

    BurningBrutus New Member

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    Bster, do you mind me asking what your insert cost. Im trying to see how much more yours is to mine.
  24. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    You're doing fine.

    How many times did you leave your house with the oil/gas furnace going and not give it a thought?? Lotsa BTU's burning there, in a self contained box :)
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  25. HotCoals

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    Mostly it's big and has a cat imo.
    The t-stat is lazy but seems to work better for some.
    I just set mine all the way down when the load is set. No probs but I do turn the air up to burn down coals a few hours before a reload.

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