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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Ben, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Ben

    Ben New Member

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    I am at a loss. I have a Dovre wood stove that was installed in 1994. It used to get the room 80 degrees+ easily, and recently I can hardly make it comfortable.
    Here are a few pieces of information that I DO know:

    -The stove pipe and flue are as clean as a whistle
    -The wood is well seasoned
    - The stove will heat to about 500-600 degrees
    - Aside from the factory vent on the stove, there is no damper in the chimney

    Here are some things I DON'T know:

    -Could the heat be getting sucked right up the chimney (and if so, why? because nothing has changed)
    - Do fire bricks have a service life (they have never been changed), and if so, could this cause this symptom?

    Thank you for any feedback! I am at my wit's end. I've pulled out the stove, stovepipe, inspected the stove, and can't find anything wrong!

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  2. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    Where do you live? Is this a sudden failure or on going? The reason I ask is, i can usually get my stove going crankin out heat until it's easily 80 degrees in here. With this cold snap, it's 11 degrees outside now, I'm burning kiln dried oak and even with my stove temps pretty hot, flue around 650 - it is BARELY 70 in here. Hubby's happy, I'm not ;)

    I've been loading more often, on a bigger coal bed too but but if I let it get get too lazy of a burn, the temps drop fast.

    I don't know about the firebricks but my installer told me until they break, they are fine. Not sure if that's the common believe though.

    It may not be the stove, you just may need to adjust your burning cycle and air intakes a little different. Check your wood too, does it burn well or do you hear any sizzling when it's burning. Some species can be deceiving and not as seasoned as we think :)
  3. evilgriff

    evilgriff Burning Hunk

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    Ben, what is the room temperature and the room humidity. Low humidity can cause comfort issues. Do you have a heating (temp) issue, or is the room warm enough yet not comfortable? Link for you to read: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001412.html
  4. ddahlgren

    ddahlgren Feeling the Heat

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    What is the temperature difference between outside and inside? Is it the same? Have you done any work on the house to change the heating load?
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum Ben.

    The only thing you say about your wood is that it is well seasoned. What does that mean? The reason for asking is that there seems to be many different descriptions of "seasoned" wood. What we want is dry wood; not seasoned. What this means is that we do not count any drying time until the wood has been split. Then it needs to be stacked out in the wind.

    You have been burning for a while so you should know. However, we find that many go by the "old ways." Those may not be the best. Also the old ways say not to burn dry wood because it just goes puff and you need more wood. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    In addition, I'd be interested in what kind of wood you are burning and if you perhaps have changed lately. For example, we won't even attempt to burn oak until it has been cut, split and stacked out in the wind for 3 years! Oak is great but gives up its moisture very reluctantly. Until we learn how to burn water, it is still best to get that wood good and dry.
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