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Morso 2110 riddling gate

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Mc_Gusto, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Mc_Gusto

    Mc_Gusto New Member

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    Hi
    I'm the proud new owner of the morso 2110 and I must say it is a terrific heater.
    I had a question regarding the riddling grate. The instruction manual seems to indicate that when burning solid fuels it is best to leave the riddling grate open however when burning wood it is not so clear...it indicates that you can burn with it open but optimal burn will be achieved with it closed.
    I m burning australian hardwood (red gum and malee root) and I have found that i am getting a far better burn (well at least I think I am!) with the riddling grate slightly open...it seems to give me more of that secondary combustion and more heat. I have the front door air intakes virtually closed when doing this.
    So my question is whether firing it like this with the riddling grate slightly open will damage the heater? Or is it perfectly fine?
    I also noted that similar to the first burn I did I initially got some fumes which i believe is the paint burning off?this makes me think i am now getting the heater to the temperature and burn it is designed for?
    Cheers,
    Angus

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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Yes, it's normal for the paint to bake in during the first few fires and will give off an order while doing so.

    The manual I look at for this stove is found here http://www.morsona.com/Morsø-2110-531.aspx I can't find any mention of a riddling gate in it and am not quite sure what you are talking about. Do you have a link to the manual you are looking at? Or could you describe what the riddling gate is in other terminology? (I'm thinking it might be called something different in this hemisphere)

    Welcome to the site!
  3. Mc_Gusto

    Mc_Gusto New Member

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    Thanks for replying!
    Wow that manual is really different to mine!
    I have a feeling it is the primary air..? It is the lever you can pull out and push in at the bottom right hand side of the heater.
    What I am now confused about is what are the two dials on the doors? Are they both secondary air intake?
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    Mc_Gusto New Member

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    By the way I made a typo ! I meant riddling grate not gate! It is adjusted by pulling the lever at the bottom right hand side of the heater
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    I think you have a multifuel version not sold here in the states. For wood burning, keep the riddling gate closed. See page 8 of the manual:

    "For wood firing, the shaking grate and the door valves should always be closed. Primary air is only used for alternative fuel firing.
    Pre-heated secondary air is added to the combustion process over the glass, and controlled using the handle underneath the hot ash box."
  6. Mc_Gusto

    Mc_Gusto New Member

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    Interesting. Thanks guys for all your help. It seems the Australian model, based on my quick check of the heater and read of the manual, does not have the primary air lever. We only have the two air valves (one on each door) and the shaking grate lever at the bottom right of the heater. It does say that I can 'boost' the fire by opening the shaking grate during a burn. I will experiment around to see what gives me the optimal burn.
    Angus
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    Mc_Gusto New Member

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    Ok so it turns out we do have a separate model here and that model doesnt have the primary air flow lever as described in the manual linked above.
    I spoke to the distributor here in aus and opening the riddling / shaking grate is an effective way of boosting the fire but if left open for too long will reduce the efficiency of the burn thereby reducing the burn time
    Learning these European heaters is certainly a bit of an art form compared to
    The standard coonara convection based wood heaters I've grown up with!
    Cheers
    Angus

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