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Papa Bear not burning All Night

Post in 'Fisher Stove Information, Parts, History and More' started by emsflyer84, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. emsflyer84

    emsflyer84 New Member

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    Hey guys, I'm having trouble keeping my Fisher Papa Bear to burn for more then a few hours without some serious attention. I'm still playing with the dampers in the door, any thoughts or tips? Thanks!

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  2. tmckenzie

    tmckenzie New Member

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    My stove is almost indentical to the one you have. This is my first year burning and have been having the fire go out around 3 am. Last night I got my first all night burn. Here is waht I did. I use a mix of ecobricks and wood. I got the eco bricks going good and hot, then added some small wood around them, then on the sides of the stove I stacked up 2 big pieces of red oak . I got it burning good and hot for about 30 mins, around 9 pm. Then I closed both air vents on the front, and closed the damper all the way. At 6 30 am the stove was still good and warm and the house was 71.
  3. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    What kind of wood are you using, if I remimber right that is a good sized stove and should burn more than a couple of hours, is the the stove really hot for the length of the burn or are you turning it down a good amount to extend the burn?
  4. emsflyer84

    emsflyer84 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice guys, it is a big stove, takes up to 30 inch logs, and I'm using mostly all dry oak and maple. I just assumed that closing the dampers in the door would put the fire out, so I've leaving them open a bit at night, even with a good hot fire going. I'll try closing them and see what happens.
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    You are correct to keep them open a little bit while the charge of wood is fresh and outgassing. Leave them open enough until the wood has turned to charcoal. Then close them down almost all the way.
  6. pen

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

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    Are you using a stove pipe damper at all?

    pen
  7. bluedogz

    bluedogz Minister of Fire

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    The Mrs. gets all in a kerfuffle when I do this. I do not have a Papa Bear, though- Sierra Hearthstove.

    Is this not... dangerous?
  8. emsflyer84

    emsflyer84 New Member

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    I'm not using a stove pipe damper yet, bit I'm installing one today. Will that make a difference in burn time?
  9. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    Yes it probably will on an older type stove, SOP on older stoves.
  10. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Only when you close it. ;-)
  11. Agent

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    It wouldn't hurt to check how airtight your stove is. When I first used my stove, I couldn't make a full load last more than 4 or 5 hours. My doors were warped and the gasket was shot. After fixing that, I could actually manage to get a few overnight burns.
  12. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    emsflyer, Your Papa Bear doesn't use a door gasket. Never saw a Fisher door warp, but the hinge pins can wear out and get sloppy affecting the seal. Closing the draft caps all the way should snuff it out or just glow. Certainly no flames. With your top damper almost shut, and the draft caps open less than 1/4 turn, that thing should burn all night and then some.

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