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Stove creeping (?!?)

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Slow1, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Tramontana

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    My guess would be from latching and unlatching the door(s). I know my Oslo has a slight "soft foot" and rocks ever so slightly if I have to push to latch the front load door. I would guess that this slight rocking can induce the stove to walk? I need to get some shims and make certain I have it perfectly leveled.

    My problem is that my SS liner has settled in the past year since installing it, and now I have to pull the stove and cut it shorter. I had a positive 1/4" per foot slope from the stove to the T, now it is almost 1/4":12 the opposite direction. Uggh!

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  2. Highbeam

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    A slightly glossy but non-slip tile surface makes moving 500+ pound stoves almost too easy and I have trouble moving it just slightly to correct the walk, I usually overshoot. It's not like you are lifting the whole stove. You just grab the feet with your hands on the hearth and squeeze your palm to scoot the stove. Pivot off the side of your palm.
  3. mfglickman

    mfglickman Minister of Fire

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    No idea but I am fascinated.
  4. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    Well, we got it back in place - it was a shifty job but someone had to do it :)

    Now to see how long it holds.

    As to the door latching theory - as this is a side loading stove and the stove slid toward the side with the door, the only way I could see opening the door causing it to slide would be if I pulled REALLY hard on it. Given the force we used to move it back I doubt I'm pulling hard enough just opening/closing the door.
  5. Tramontana

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    I'm not saying it happens all at once. How far has it moved out of place? If it moves 1/32" each time you latch or unlatch the door, add it up over the entire burn season.

    I'm just guessing, based upon the slight rock in my installation. To me, it is as plausible as thermal expansion/contraction always moving in one direction?

    Cheers!
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    As far as I know my stove hasn't budged a bit since I installed it . . . it knows better.
  7. Slow1

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    Fair points there. As I don't have any rocking of the stove it is difficult for me to imagine it moving in the act of opening/closing the door, but I suppose until I can test any given theory it is as valid as the next one.

    Perhaps the slight slope that I have (assuming it isn't an error in measurement with the level I have) combined with the kids running back and forth have something to do with it (vibrations?). Ha - blame the kids, why not - they'll be blaming me for the rest of their life eh? :)
  8. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    Hi Slow1, that is crazy, my thought would be thermal exp. movement. I was all over mine with the IR gun when I was first low firing mine, and I found out the cast base gets hot as quick, if not quicker than the top cast.
    She just might be walking ? Ive got 2 leg end sized steel plate shims under one side so I'll be watching for that.
    The small high temp pads of some sort sounds like a start, something with a little give.
    Or call the ghost busters ;lol that was a rather funny comment my friend. Todd 2
  9. Slow1

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    Ok, well I took a dry erase marker (figure that won't be anywhere near permanent) and traced around each of the two front feet. Marks aren't all that obvious but I imagine that if the feet shift it will become apparent fairly easily. Stove is cold right now but I'm about to light up for the night so will be interesting to see if they move at all due to the thermal expansion.

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