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Optimal Burn Time Temps.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Plow Boy, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Plow Boy

    Plow Boy Member

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    I have a new windsor woodstove (WR2000L02) that was just installed about a week ago. I am wanting to try to burn all night but i dont want to create a lot of cresote in the chimney. What is the experts opinion regarding efficient burn temps. with longest burn time producing the least amount of cresote. I realize as the temp. outside drops i will have to increase burn temp. to compensate. I understand this is probably the Holy Grail of wood burning so I am looking for best case suggestions. Any advice will be helpful guys, thank you.

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  2. pen

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    During the active part of the burn, always keep the air adjusted open enough so that you are burning cleanly. For my stove, I find that means I need to set the air so that the top is no less than 500 degrees. To tell if I'm accomplishing this, I walk out on the back deck in my cowboy boots and boxers !!! (sometimes I wear pants) and look at the chimney to see if there is visible smoke (don't be fooled by steam).

    In the end, you are just going to have to play around with your stove and the amount of wood you load, how quickly you adjust the air control, how tightly you pack the splits in, etc, etc to find what works for your setup.

    Welcome to the site!

    pen
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  3. Plow Boy

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    thanks pen,
    I have been wanting to get a wood stove for years now and we finally did it. I am lovin it. Been reading the site for days now and seen you guys really know your stuff, so i figured i would ask the experts. I think i am becoming a fanatic LOL
  4. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Hang around here long enough, you will be...;)
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum Plow Boy. I like the name.

    The number 1 factor you are looking for is the fuel. If you burn good dry wood you should not have creosote. For example, we have now owner our present stove for over 5 years and have yet to get any creosote. The fuel we've burned during that time has been mainly white ash, elm, soft maple, cherry and pin oak. The time the wood has had to dry has varied from 2.5 years to as much as 8 years.
  6. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Wow, I'm going to start paying more attention to your posts from now on;lol

    EDIT: As I read this post, I see how it may be mis-interpreted. My apologies if so. What I mean to say is that you obviously are doing something right for that kind of success. Five years and no creosote problem is impressive, indeed. In fact, I very much respect your posts.

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