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Ritweway - Backdrafting - any thoughts?

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by dave keith, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. dave keith

    dave keith New Member

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    Hi,
    I need some advise regarding a RITEWAY 37 wood stove.
    The stove is BACKDRAFTING, i.e. explosions of gas that fills the house with smoke,
    straining all the joints in the stove and pipe.

    Then stove was purchased in the mid '70's. It has not been run much in the last 10 years.
    During that time, the insulation in the house has been substantially increased, so we can
    run the stove at a lower temp.

    It has a 6inch pipe (triplewall) with about 16 feet bellow the attic, 8 ft above.

    Is there something in this stove that has broke and needs replaced?

    Other than the insulation in the house, nothing has changed.

    any advice / help would be greatly appreciated.
    thanks so much
    dave

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  2. chimneylinerjames

    chimneylinerjames Feeling the Heat

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    When was the least time the chimney was cleaned and inspected?
  3. dave keith

    dave keith New Member

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    cleaned yesterday morning, prior to starting the fire, all clean and good
  4. chimneylinerjames

    chimneylinerjames Feeling the Heat

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    One possibility is since you mentioned the install of new insulation, is that the home has less drafts now coming around the windows, doors etc. This could reduce the amount of air coming into the home and prevent you from having a strong draft.

    Try opening a window just a little near the stove when burning and see if that makes a difference. This may show you the problem and you may need to install an outside air kit if this works.
  5. dave keith

    dave keith New Member

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    yeah, maybe but the house is still 190 years old, I don't care what gets done, it is still DRAFTY
    the insulation mentioned was blown in chopped fiberglass in the wall cavites.


    Here's what I think.. The Riteway is about a 70,000 Btu heater. To keep it running in the safe "burn zone" as per the
    magnetic stack thermometer, it is way to hot. So, I run it on the low end of the "safe" range and clean the pipe every 2-4 weeks.

    Is it possible that I am just simple running the stove too low with too much oxegen starvation?

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