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Stovetop temps for overnight burn

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by cuttingedge, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. cuttingedge

    cuttingedge Member

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    I know that I have a somewhat rare stove (Cawley Lemay 600) but was wondering what type of temps I should be shooting for for an overnight burn? If I dial back the air intake to about 5 which is half I generally get about 300-400 and can have a good bed of coals after about 8-10 hours of burning. Is this temp too low? Should I be trying to get higher temps when I load it up at night and shut down the air?
    Thanks
    Here is a picture of the stove top

    Picture of the firebox

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  2. rawlins02

    rawlins02 Member

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    That range sounds about right to me. A bit higher perhaps. Assume it depends on type of wood and weather conditions. If I char a new load of seasoned hardwood properly in my VC Vigilant and set thermostat at half it will run at 350F for a couple hours, climb to and cruise at 450 for a couple more hours, and then very slowly cool. But I've also found that a well burned stove full of rock maple will run hotter.
  3. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    if your running at 300 to 400 i would say that is to low. i would check your chimney to see if you have any shiney type of creosote. that is the bad type. could have a chimney fire in the waiting. next bring up your burn temp to at least 500 on that cook plate. that will cut down you burn time but it will be safer. you should be able to crank it up to 650 to 700 and be ok. if you have the shiney type of creosote in your chimney try running a brush thru it. i have not had any luck with brushing the shiney stuff did nothing. but use some rutland chimney cleaner powder with your fires and it will start to dry up and not be shiney and bring up your stove temps slowly and that will help dry it also. once it gets dry and flakey the brush should work good. the only other way that i know to get rid of shiney creosote is to use one of those csl chimney logs and after that log fire stop burning for 4 to 6 weeks and it should be able to brush clean that chimney. that is what works for me
  4. swestall

    swestall Minister of Fire

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    Those are good exhaust temps, the stove top should be a bit higher...no?

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