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Stove temperatures

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by sowers25, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. sowers25

    sowers25 New Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    NE West Virginia
    Where is the best place to put my magnetic stove thermometer? At the moment I have it about a foot up the flue pipe. Also what is a good temperature to try and keep the stove without creating creosote or over firing?

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  2. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

    Jul 12, 2006
    Schenectady, NY
    On my 30 I have it on the step in the middle of the top.

  3. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

    Nov 23, 2008
    WI, Milw
    That is where I have mine also. The magnetic one on the stove and my IR unit are very close.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Feb 14, 2007
    Good to have both stove top and flue thermometers. Most folks tend to put the flue thermometer about 18" up and most stoves like dead center for the thermometer.

    The best way to prevent creosote is to burn good wood and not try to be cute. It can be done. For example, we haven't cleaned our chimney for 3 years now and the last time we cleaned it we got about a cup of soot and no creosote. There is no creosote in there now either. We generally do not burn any wood until it has been in the stack for 3 years or more. Some wood, like oak, takes 3 years to dry enough. Some take less, but what we like to keep in mind is that we never know when some disaster might strike and we can't put up wood for a year or even worse. Having wood on hand means we won't freeze (wood heat is our only heat) and it also means we do not have to depend on others to put up our wood for us nor do we have to buy any.
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  5. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

    Sep 20, 2010
    South Shore, MA
    My Jotul manual has the thermometer on the corner of the top plate, there is no mention of the flue thermometer in the manual. However I have one just as Dennis mentioned 18" up dead center. I'm not sure your stove manual has a suggestion or not

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