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T5 performance update

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by raybonz, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Oldhippie

    Oldhippie Minister of Fire

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    Now there's a hearth to write home about!
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  2. loon

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    Sounds good thanks..The pair of them are reading pretty much the same now and its 450f on the stove but the ir is reading 410f.

    Terry
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    Thanks Oldhippie ;) Got all the rock off one of my Buddies farm as all i have here is thin shale and it wasnt gonna cut it >>
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    OK there is a wide temperature variation on just the left side alone and within a small area which is probably what you're seeing there, eh (I speak a little Canadian too)? Right now I am seeing temps from 400-550 degrees. Am I concerned? Nope I think this is normal and probably normal for many stoves.. I suspect I may see what you see too and the stove top probably levels out after a while.. If the stove was glowing red I'd be more concerned but my cooktop used to glow red around the cat probe on my old CDW and that was cast iron.. Did it for over 20 years and it didn't hurt it either.. Check your temps under the left side and see if your seeing the same variation Terry..

    Ray
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    Canadian Eh!! ==c

    Remember when i told you about the stove being short of insulation up on the top left of the baffle, I wonder if that has anything to do with it? The top left of stove right now is reading 390f and the right is 415f..
  6. raybonz

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    Sounds fine to me.. Sent you a PM..

    Ray
  7. loon

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    At it again tonight gang and i dont mean to bore ya's but i have been burning wood for some 25 years and i just cant figure this new stove out? ==c

    The first picture is at 4 pm and the second is an hour later with the stove top reading around 560f/600f on the ir and the pipe is reading 300f with the air 95% shut..

    NOT going to touch anything till bedtime and see where its at ;)

    Terry

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  8. raybonz

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    Dunno Terry looks like your stove is working fine to me ;)
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  9. loon

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    I lied Ray as i wasnt gonna touch it, but about 10 minutes ago i shut the air off tight and its even a better secondary burn right now :cool:
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  10. raybonz

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    There ya go! This is a good thing! I let it cruise a little while about 1/8th open then when the wood is charred good I close the air and keep an eye that the secondaries stay lit.. Sometimes I have to give air again if I do this too soon..
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  11. begreen

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    When I have a fire display that strong I close her all the way. If you stuff the gaps with smaller splits you can extend the burn sometimes even longer.
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  12. loon

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    Good information..Thanks guys.

    Its still got a nice lazy burn going on ;)
  13. L-93

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    Just want to say Hi. This is my first post on here. Got my T5 installed in October and this stove is awesome. This is my first stove and love watching the oil trucks pass right on by. I did a lot of reading on these forums before we bought the T5 and can definitely say it was a great choice. Thanks for all of the great info! I am getting 7-9 hr overnights w/o any of the adjustments I've read about. Have 8' of class A inside and 10' outside, all straight up through the roof. Stove top temps run 400-650° F on average. I have had it up to 725° and was watching it very closely, changing the air to learn what the stove would do. We're burning seasoned red oak, maple and some hickory. I just got a moisture meter to play around with but can easily tell when a cut isn't as seasoned as the others. Thanks again for the great info guys!
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    Have you tried loading the stove E/W on a reload yet? If not, try that on a day when it's in the 20's or 30s and see how that works out for you. It should extend the burn by an hour or two at least. The stove top temp may also be about 100F cooler, say around 450 to 550F.
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  15. raybonz

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    Loaded up for a medium heat overnight burn.

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    Welcome. It's a great stove. I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying it. Take a picture or two and post them if you get a chance.
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    Welcome to the forum L-93 and congrats on your new new stove! As BG mentioned we like pics and would love to see your setup :) Good to see another happy Alderlea wood burner and with the upcoming cold you'll get to see it run..

    Ray
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    it's awesome. that you personally got the stone makes it even better because then it's got soul.

    The brick in my hearth comes from a burned down mill that was destroyed by a huge fire. I loaded the bricks into my pick-up to get them to my house under construction, and then played apprentice to a mason to put the chimney and hearth up. I chipped the mortar off and cleaned each brick by hand.
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    Cool story OH! Nice chimney too!
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    Oldhippie Minister of Fire

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    Welcome!

    Watch out for the Evil Oil Man!! He is UUUUUUUUUUUUgly!
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  21. L-93

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    Before and after:
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    Looks great L-93! I like the flush look of the hearth..

    Ray
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    Thanks. Did everything but the changes to the hardwood in-house. Do any of you use the ash pan? I haven't used the "ash door" once. Have to shovel out ash every 3-5 days, but I worry about a coal getting stuck in the trap door and then loading for an overnight not knowing there is additional air getting to the fire...thoughts?
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    005.JPG here's the pipe set up
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    Sweet, that's a nice installation L-93.

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