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Pulled a stupid one last night!

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by laynes69, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. laynes69

    laynes69 Minister of Fire

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    After putting the kids in bed, I was watching tv. I decided to load our furnace at 10:00pm and was going to close the damper a little later or let the thermostat go. Well I fell asleep, and woke up at 10:45pm to that hot smell. I figured I would close the damper via thermostat and go to bed. Well my wife let me know when she got home this morning, I never latched the door closed last night. I don't know how it happened, but don't want it to happen again! Everything looks okay, and no damage, but a bit scary. I've had the furnace for about 4 seasons now and never had this happen. It got down to 16* last night, and the house hit 77* according to the thermometer. Everything stayed safe because of clearances and guidelines that were followed during installation.
    It made me feel like a dumbass, that's for sure!
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  2. pen

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

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    Despite the obvious screw up, I'll be the first to tell you well done for making sure everything was prepared for a situation like this by not skimping.

    Thanks for sharing. Your story might be the seed in the next guy's mind that makes him walk down to the stove and see that error.

    pen
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  3. embers aplenty

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    Glad it didn't get out of hand. Your not the lone ranger, thats for sure. I'm normally eat up with da most of the time and get really sleepy while still trying to function as well.

    Noticed you've got a USStove furnace. I finally got tired of my garage dragon and drove a few towns away this evening to get the last USStove medium sized pedastal rig from Tractor Supply. http://www.tractorsupply.com/united...tove-with-blower-medium-epa-certified-1098917. For $499, I figured it was now or never. Seems like most folks are happy with them per reviews.

    After replacing the dragon in my house a few years ago with a nice little Quad epa burner that you hardly notice any smoke at all, a clean burn with the garage steed just seems hopeless accept when it's been burning on overcook for a while. Nearly feel like the neighbors might complain one of these days, I kind of want to. ::-)

    Not to discredit the ole Fisher's by any means. They've been a milestone and did me well for years and I still like them. I even put a baffle in the other day which helped some but, I'm just ready to move on. So, Grandma's days are limited.

    It's great that we have someone up above watching over us in our forgetfullness. Enjoy the warmth and be safe.:cool:
  4. laynes69

    laynes69 Minister of Fire

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    I was down with the flu for over 5 days here recently. A bad one, and now starting to feel better. Luckily the furnace has a large blower, which I believe kept the firebox cool enough from damage. Embers, this is a EPA certified model that's still being built by PSG. The furnaces are built like tanks. I just could have imagined what would have happened with a old furnace, a dirty chimney, etc. Chit happens, but when dealing with fire, things could go wrong. I'm going to look into an audible alarm, or something on that order. Thanks guys, hopefully my story just keeps as a reminder for others.
  5. Pat53

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    Now your on the right track! If I had ANY type of woodstove inside my house I would definitely get some kind of alarm system for excessive heat. Obviously smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a must also. If I had to do it over again I would build an addition off my attatched garage to be able to capture all that radiant heat that comes off the boiler. I don't like the idea of having the unit in the house tho. Too much smoke, ash, bugs etc.. to deal with.

    Pat

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