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Using insert in power outage??

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by DavidV, Dec 6, 2005.

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  1. DavidV

    DavidV New Member

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    I made a post on another topic and this issue came to mind. With a freestanding stove you don't have to worry about power outages but what about an insert. would it be safe to run it and reduce the air intake to low to keep the stove from over heating. Since this would be the only source of heat in such a circumstance it is an important question.

    David

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  2. Rhone

    Rhone Minister of Fire

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    The only inserts you have to worry about using during a power out is the one's where the fans need to be on else they melt. I think it's been many years since that mistake has been made and not something you need worry about anymore. Many people have inserts without blowers, some inserts blowers are an option, regardless some people don't use blowers because of the noise but they most certainly will heat your house without power. I've found not to the same level as when on but they heat nonetheless.

    When not using blowers you'll use more wood and the heat won't be as even.
  3. Rhone

    Rhone Minister of Fire

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    Hmm... you have one heck of an old insert and I can't find much data on it. I wonder if it is one of the old one's where the fans melted if you used it during a power outtage.
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