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Q&A question about small stoves, log length, and glass doors.

Post in 'Questions and Answers' started by QandA, Nov 17, 2007.

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    QandA New Member Staff Member

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    I have a question about small stoves, log length, and glass doors. We have been thinking for years that we should buy a wood stove to provide alternative and emergency heat. Now that we are actually looking a stoves, we think a small stove would heat our small house just fine. But, we are concerned about having logs roll against the glass door.
    Since small stoves are wider than they are deep, it appears we'll be burning our wood sideways rather than from front to back. Do we need to worry about the possibility of wood rolling against the glass door of the stove as it burns? Can the glass in these doors break? Is this a common problem in small stoves? Got any advice?



    Answer:

    Glass breakage in woodstove is not common and is usually related to:

    1. Folks using the door to try to shove that last log into the stove.
    2. The babysitter tending the stove and poking the door with the poker.
    3. Poor stove design...

    #3 is much less common these days, since most bugs are out of the current crop of stoves. Rest assured that the ceramic glass can take more heat than the cast-iron or steel (1400 degrees).

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