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Longpond paperboy Posted By Longpond paperboy, Jan 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

  1. Longpond paperboy

    Dec 7, 2012
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    Hi everyone. It has been cold. 0 degrees with the wind chill off the lake. I am running the stove with the air opened about half way to 3/4 open. I installed a blower. With the blower on low the top of stove is running 535 degrees. My house has no insulation under the floor. 1 ft crawl space. House is still 75 in kitchen / living room and where the stove is around 78. Nice and warm
     

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  2. begreen

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    It's counter intuitive, but try closing down the air some more and watch the stove top temp. Maybe try 1/4 air? You should be hitting 600F with a blaze like that. With too much air a lot of heat will be heading up the flue and wood consumption will be greater.

    This is of course unless the wood is wet. Then it will need more air.
     
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  3. remkel

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    I agree with be green, shut the air down and keep the heat in the stove. Long Pond- is that Long Pond in Belgrade?
     
  4. Longpond paperboy

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    Thanks. I thought because it was colder out I needed to use more air. Long pond in lakeville
     
  5. begreen

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    What state? Can you add your area to your avatar and your stove to your signature?

    More air actually cools down the fire and sends more heat up the chimney. You want to reduce the air as the fire gets going. Watch the stove top temps and you will see what I mean.
     
  6. fox9988

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    Sounds like the TN is doing a good job. Every stove/chimney set up is different, but at some point too much air will flush a lot of heat out of the chimney, yielding lower stove top temps (3/4 air at 535). Also, 1/2 air may yield 650 for 3 hours while 1/4 air yields 600 for 5 hours (more heat over all). How are the burn times? You should see much longer burn times with less air.
     
  7. Hogwildz

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    If I left the air 3/4 open on the Summit, the thermo would be pegged. Get that air cut back to as far as you can and still burn good, and you'll really like how far the load goes. You have got to be going through some wood with the air open that much.
     
  8. remkel

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    Nope, just the opposite. The cold should help with your draft. Looked at property in Lakeville (assuming MA) many years ago, but decided against it. Nice area.
     

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