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Ugh...Woodstove problems....Anyone know what this is??

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Verynycegirl, Dec 31, 2005.

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  1. Verynycegirl

    Verynycegirl New Member

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    Hey everyone!

    My woodstove has been giving me so much trouble I haven't had time to even log onto hearth.com. The pipe fell off the back of my woodstove on Monday night....the pipe was not even screwed on or anything...It just fell off when I was shaking it to put coal in....A friend did come over and put screws on both the pipe that attaches to the woodstove and where the pipe goes into the wall(brick) but it doesn't seem to be drafting well. Keep having problems with smoke and have a heck of a time getting a good fire going. When he put the pipe back in I know he tipped the stove forward quite a bit in order to get the pipe back in and this morning while I was sweeping behind the woodstove I found this metal piece, which I'm sure must belong in the woodstove....I'm including a picture of it. Anyone know what it is?? Is it important??

    Thanks,
    Tracy

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  2. zogboy

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    What stove do you have?
    John
  3. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

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    It doesn't look like part of a stove to me. Looks more like a piece of an old poker or something.

    Has it been warmer weather lately? If so, that might be part of your drafting problem. Better take a look up your chimney just to be sure that it isn't getting a lot of creosote built up.
  4. Verynycegirl

    Verynycegirl New Member

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    I have an early 80's sears stove that is a wood/coal stove. It seems to be very simlar to the brand Russo from what posters have said here.
  5. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    That piece looks like it might have come from inside the stove cause it has the orange color....no clue what it was though....

    Hopefully, your friend cleaned any flyash out from the elbos and stuff like that.

    The bad weather (up until yesterday) would make most stoves and fireplace perform poorly. Let us know how it goes in the next day ro two.

    Does your stove have a bypass or some sort - meaning an internal damper that you might open or close from the side or read of the stove? if so, this piece could be part of that assembly.
  6. Verynycegirl

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  7. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    that part looks like a rotary damper drive shaft. Behind your wood stove is there a tee type nob that turns? Usually located in the brick facing. Re post pictures of your setup again. I am wondering when the pipe fell down, if it just ended beyond your damper, that the original damper closed or particially closed. This would explain why now your stove is having a hard time working or drafting. Remember your stove is 25 years old and installations made then would not pass the mustard today. It is possible that your stove is only vented to the damper and that the damper has to be fully open held in place by that shaft?
  8. Verynycegirl

    Verynycegirl New Member

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    Elk,

    Here is the picture of my woodstove....as always yours & everyone here on hearthnet's help is greatly appreaciated!!

    Tracy

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  9. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    any way to get a picture of wha is under that overhang and what is that tin foil look above the vent pipe?
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