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Question on low/slow Blaze King burns

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Comanche79p, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. Comanche79p

    Comanche79p New Member

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    I have been looking at the Princess or King but have questions about running it on low for extended periods.
    I would be burning well seasoned soft woods.

    My question is related to the flu temps and creosote in the flu.

    For you that operate these (or any other brand for that matter) do you see more creosote accumulation as compared to a tube burner?

    If so, how often do you have to clean the chimney burning 24/7?

    Thanks

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  2. Rickb

    Rickb Feeling the Heat

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    I have never burned a tube burner but I would assume I get more build up then them simply because my flue temps are soooo much lower then theirs. I will be cleaning my flue every spring and again in the fall just to make sure everything is good for winter.
  3. HotCoals

    HotCoals Minister of Fire

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    I go a season no problem but I do check the cap once in awhile . The cap as always made it a season also but it gets more crap on it some years then others.
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Do all you can to keep the flue gases warm. An inside chimney with a straight up, double-wall connector will help.
  5. Comanche79p

    Comanche79p New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I went to a dealer and saw the Princess and the King on display. I thought they were reasonably priced as compared to what I have read here. Just don't know which one to get. I don't want to get too much heat but want plenty if I need it. Looking at the specs and reading the range of heat output I think these would work for me. I would need to remove and replace the flu with 8" in a chase and do some work on the hearth.
    Or, I could keep the Homestead and burn some propane. It won't hardly keep up when it is below 10 even constantly babysitting it. I guess I am looking for a Ronco stove-set it and forget it:)
  6. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    Mine has more crap in the chimney than my tube burner did. I clean it twice a season, when I go from fall shoulder season to hotter burns and again when we're going back into the spring shoulder season. I used to clean my tube burner at the same interval so I'm not cleaning more often. I don't think I could ever go a full season without sweeping and still be able to sleep at night. My hour cleaning twice a season provides me with piece of mind. ;lol
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  7. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    I had a hearthstone almost the same as your homestead before I switched to my princess. If the homestead couldnt do the job then i would recommend the king. Note that the princess and the king have very similar low burn output rates but high burns from the king are hotter and of course with a bigger firebox the burn times are longer too.

    The hearthstones waste tons of heat up the flue and so the flue stays very clean. The bks dont do that. Easily a once per year sweep though.
  8. becasunshine

    becasunshine Feeling the Heat

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    Posting here so that we can watch this thread. We ordered our Blaze King Princess yesterday. Installation should be in about a month. We will have an inside chimney going through the attic with a straight up, double walled stove pipe. This is our first wood stove as "grown ups." We are familiar with wood stoves from way back; friends and family members had them during the '70s, but this will be the first wood stove for which we are responsible. We plan to do our own chimney cleaning as well. Thank you for starting an informative thread, Comanche79p!
  9. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    I agree, I rarely clean a Hearthstone that has anything other than flyash in the flue. BK's have most of their junk in the cap, if installed well. With most setups, there is no reason for more than one cleaning per season. Of course if your worried, run a broom down more often.
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  10. Comanche79p

    Comanche79p New Member

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    I will have to configure my set-up with 2-45's and into the tee, then straight up inside a insulated chase-formally the home of a ZC fireplace. I plan to have access to the bottom of the tee so I can sweep from the bottom up just so I won't (hopefully) have to get to the top because my chase is treacherous to access from the top during the winter.

    Anyone see any issues with my plan as long as I can keep 30" up off the top of the stove before the first 45?
    Then up 15 feet from the tee? I can add another section but it would be above the chase and thought that would just add more buildup issues being in the open.
    Thanks again.

    If this is not a good set-up I need to rethink my plans and go with a rear vent 6" stove.
  11. Highbeam

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    The two 45s and then a tee cause an effective reduction in chimney height. Since you then only have 15 feet of stack I worry that you're a bit short.

    It is better to have more length, even if that length is up in the cold air out of the chase.
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  12. Comanche79p

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    Thanks, Highbeam.

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