Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Oldhippie, Jul 30, 2013.
Oldhippie, your stove looks exactly like ours; same paint style. We love it.
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Oldhippie, in case you have wondered, this is a good way to break in your new stove:
1. First fire. Up to 6 pieces of kindling (1" x 1" maximum). Light the fire (super cedar works great), leave the draft full open and just let it burn out.
2. Second fire. (Stove should cool some but should not have to be cold before second fire.) Same amount of kindling. No more than 2 small or medium splits. Light the fire and let it burn. After splits get burning good, close draft to about 50%. Let the fire go until it is out.
On the second burn you may or may not get hot enough to engage the cat but you should on the third burn. (200 degree stove top and 400 flue (measured on single wall flue pipe.)
3. Third fire. Stove should cool down some but no need to wait for total cold stove. Just luke warm. Same amount of kindling. This time 3-4 splits and light the fire. Stove top should reach 350-400. If the temperature goes higher, no worries. Again turn the draft down to 50% as on your second fire but after you feel the fire is good and established, turn the draft down to at least 25%. Let the fire burn itself out.
At this point you should be good to go with hotter fires. I'd suggest aiming for 500-550 on the next fire and finally to 600 or more. The stove should be ready for big time burning now.
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This is the exact advice you gave me last year and it worked perfectly!
Dennis this is great advice, but I bought Charley's old Fireview as he has upgraded to a Progress, so this one is already broken in.. Charley took care of that for me! LOL... so I paid less as a refurb and get the full warranty. ...and it's all broken in! ...no stinky house for me.
I'm really looking forward to setting back on a cold cold winter morning... getting the wife off to work, and then settling in for my 2nd and 3rd cups off coffee while I enjoy the warmth and the ambiance of the Fireview while I listen to some tunes on the turntable.
That's what my job is all winter long.. 'cept when I gotta go skiing. ...which is pretty much any weekday where there's good snow up Mt WaWa.
Do they repaint the refurb stoves? And if so, would that require a breakin fire or 2 ?
You should have one small fire at the beginning of each heating season to gently drive the moisture from the stone.. So I would at least have one or two small fires just to dry things out... I doubt they painted my old stove but you could ask,, the paint was all in good shape when I returned the stove... Maybe the give them a light coat before they go back out..
Charley, I don't think they painted it.. they cleaned up the interior and it looks like they gave me a new documentation kit, along with the small parts kit for the bottom heat-shield. Most of what they did was clean the interior.. or maybe you did that? Jaime said "we didn't need to do much".
Thanks for the idea about the small fires.. it's a good idea. it will be nice not needing to deal with the paint curing smell though.
They would have if I wanted a different color, or if the stove needed it but it wasn't necessary.
I took good care of her Steve, no over fires and broke it in with patience.. Yes you've avoided the break in smell
I do realize what stove you have but was that stove not taken back to the factory? When that happens, they tear things apart and you really need to do the burn in this fall.
That does not hurt but is not required. After all, your first fire of the year will not be a hot fire. That will serve the purpose which is why Woodstock does not require it.
It is not so much the paint but what about all the cement? And yes, the stone could have moisture in it too and that is one reason to start slow.
I certainly will Dennis. It will be easy because I'll be chomping at the bit to light a fire, and won't want to wait till it gets real cold.
Tomorrow I clean the chimney and install the flue pipe.. so first frost like days this fall we'll have a couple small burn in fires.
Just for kicks, I double checked with Woodstock. Yes indeed, you need to do a complete burn-in as if it were a new stove. That is because, in effect, you do have a new stove because of what they do to the stoves when they are returned. So please do plan on the burn-in; all 3 phases.
Looks great Steve! Never got notification of your post! Beautiful stove and installation..
p.s. Kudos on fact-checking yourself, Dennis. You da man!
Well, here's the wrap-up. of the journey to the install.
The chimneysweep was here yesterday. He was very thorough, with the chimney. He got way too much creosote out of the chimney, at least a gallon. Most likely due in large part to the fact that I had the smoke dragon going quite a bit of the winter.
Then we installed the flue pipe. I decided against the damper. If I feel I need it, I can install it later or next season. I figure it is easier to install than "uninstall".
Amazing as this was, I did not have to cut the straight piece to size, the height of the Fireview, along with the 2 nineties I needed became the perfect fit. It's almost too pretty to light, and it is certainly too warm a day today. I'll do the break-in fires as it gets colder sometime later this month or early october for sure.
It sure is much prettier to look at. I love the way the color of the new carpet matches the wood stove. What a coincidence!
Very nice. Be honest, you got an interior decorator
Steve, looks great! Looks like your dog is picking out his spot... He'll love the stove as much as you will.. My dogs and cat seem to like that smooth heat from the stone... Carpet does go great with the stone color... I don't think you'll need a damper.. I had the same set up and 22 feet of insulated liner.. She'll work fine... Like I've posted, that stove never smoked out the door at all.. I even loaded a few pieces of wood in one time with the cat still engaged, still nothing out the door.. The by pass being right by the rear flue exit really creates a good start up draft.. Get a flue probe for your pipe,, especially while your just getting to know the stove.. The Fireview on start up can wrap that flue gas needle around quick.. Lots of time I just set my draft to number 2 while I was letting the stones heat, once the fire is going.. Nice location for the stove too..Hey just think, now you'll have a clean chimney on the next sweep...Enjoy, looks great! Glad the pipe worked out!
Steve that looks great! Looks very cozy and I also like the angles of the stove match the angles of the hearth! I used the same type seamless stove pipe and that is very heavy and should last forever..
Love your install, love your dog, love a home with bookcases and maps.
Can't zoom in enough to see the map in any detail. What area/time does it cover?
Yeah.. that sounds good.. let's go with that.
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