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n00b stove temp question

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Mike Jones, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Mike Jones

    Mike Jones New Member

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    New Kodiak 1700 insert installed last week and browsing through these forums have really helped educate how to use a stove safely and properly. One thing I cant make sense of is the temps of stove top thermometers Ideal burn zones seem to vary from product to product

    Rutland is 275-575F
    Condar is 400-650F

    What is the ideal stove temp?

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Some of the thermos have ranges for stove pipe temp and some are for stove top. Best to just go by the temp and ignore the ranges printed on them.
  3. Mike Jones

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    ok, so what temperature range should I shoot for using an IR thermometer?
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Gonna be hard to read a temp on the stove top on that insert. But with steel stoves I try to keep'em under 700 degrees. They can handle higher but on regular basis it will shorten the life of the stove over time. 500-650 will give you a clean burn and good heat with good dry wood. It will drop off in the last half of the burn but the nasties have cooked off of the wood by then.
  5. Mike Jones

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    is this a steel stove? man I got some more research to do...

    are there any big differences between cast iron and steel?

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