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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Mr_Super-Hunky, May 22, 2007.
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Am I missing something here?, or should I just keep my nose out of this and don't ask??.
Probably better not to ask. If you do, you won't get a straight answer. Roos not been around for a month, but his ears are probably burning now. Sorry I mentioned it, I was really just getting over it.
BTW the Muppet is Mr.Waldorf, yes, named after the hotel. My evil doppelganger.
Another possible to throw in the mix is the new super-size stove that Hearthstone is supposed to be coming out with soon - even bigger than the Mansfield. Giant firebox for stuffing with pine, soapstone for the radiant heating, etc. The only real downside is that it's a brand new stove, so you run the "early adopter" risk of being a beta-tester... However I don't think they will be offering it in Whorehouse Red %-P
I visited the local Hearthstone dealer yesterday and they gave ne a few hints on the new "Equinox" Wood stove. It will put out around 100k-120k BTU's, weigh around 800 lbs and be the size of a smaller refridgerator!. I just don't really see a market for such a monster; they did'nt either.
Anyway, while I can't dispute that the Mansfield is the all around best choice for us performance wise, my wife thinks it looks like something out of a Liberace museum and just a bit too ornate for us. If the soapstone was offered in other colors but grey and did'nt have the webed duck feet, I would still probably buy it but she put her foot down!.
That leaves two options left that both her and I will accept based on performance and appearance.
.PE Summit Classic
.VC Defiant (not sure if cat or no-cat model).
I like the looks of the Defiant better, but the warranty and heat output on the PE stove is better; although the performance of the Defiant should meet our needs.
Maybe I'll just flip a (two headed) coin!!
Well they have trouble getting the soapstone from the supplier (earth) in any color but grey... However you'd thnk they could come up with an alternative, less ornate design for the legs. Probably still have to have some fancyness to match the body, but do something to loose the duck feet...
with issues Hearth stone has had over the last few years not sure i would buy that unit in its first season on the market they have been making stoves for 20 some odd years now and they still cant get the door handels right just the opion of a guy who sells them
"That leaves two options left that both her and I will accept based on performance and appearance.
.PE Summit Classic
.VC Defiant (not sure if cat or no-cat model).
I like the looks of the Defiant better, but the warranty and heat output on the PE stove is better; although the performance of the Defiant should meet our needs."
Hunk, I haven't posted recently, but we also live in a high mountain setting in a log cabin. The winter can be cold, and we have been heating totally with wood and mostly with pine and fir off of our land for many years.
I'm curious why the Quadrafire Isle Royale didn't make your final list? It seems to be adequate in size and appearance. The warmers are a nice option...
There are almost too many good stoves out there, so I know it is difficult. I think you are wise to require top loading.
Also, if the installation has to pass a building inspection you should look closely at each stove's requirements for pipe size & length, clearances, and floor protection. These things vary widely between different makes, and can easily change the final cost by thousands of $$.
To answer your question re. the Quads "Isle Royal". First of, both Mrs Hunky and I really like the looks of that stove; It's almost a VC Defiant "look-alike". It would work very well in our application as far as looks go, however, I simply don't think it will produce enough heat for pur home.
In essence, we have nearly 4000sq feet or "volume." of air to heat. The first floor footprint is 2100sf and if we had the entire upstairs usable with a second floor (as opposed to an open loft), that would equal another 2000+ sq foot livable!. The only reason it is not all "livable" is because of the lack of floor in the open area's.
What I'm attempting to say is that I have around 4000 sq ft of "volume" of air to heat. The "Isle Royal" is only rated up to 2,500 and thats calculated with 8-foot high ceilings!!.
Deep down, I know I should be putting in the Mansfield, but the wife said she will crank up the forced air gas heater before she would allow a Mansfield to come into the house!. Of course, peoples personal tastes will vary, and she just cannot warm up (pun?) to the looks of the Mansfield.
Of the stoves that are capable of heating this large home, she will allow the following:
.PE Summit Classic
.PE new T-6 Alderlea..(spelling finally correct!)
.VC Defiant in either cat or non-cat.
BTW, just for fun, here is a list of the stoves we both really like, but unfortunately, are not large enough to meet our volume demands. They are as follows:
. Hearthstone "Phoenix"
. Quadrafire "Isle Royal"
. Lopi "Leyden"
. Jotul 600 firelight (this one may be large enough but wife did'nt like as much, I thought it looked good!)
Hey Mr hunky sorry to burst a bubble but if you dont think the isle royale or the f600 can handle 4000sqf which they cant there is really no free standing stove or insert on the market that can including the stoves you are looking at
No bubble burst here, just using some basic math.
Both the Isle royal and the F600 are rated at heating up to 2500sf. The PE Summit is rated at 3000sf+!.
Even though there may be no stove capable of heating the volume of air space I have (at this time), at least I can try to get as close as I can.
We do have a forced air gas heating throughout the house, it just costs around 1,000 per month in propane...and.....well you know where this is going!
I think my replies above are accurate and I have at least chosen the stove "closest" to meeting my volume demands.
the only freestanding stove in my opion that can even get close to that 3000 sqft mark is the 5700 quad almost all the manufactuers over state the stoves real heating capacity the best method you can take to figure out wich stove will heat the most space is to look at the size of the firebox the more wood the more heat the other major consideration that should be looked at is the material the stove is made out of the steel stoves are more of a true convection heater if you are going to try and heat the house from a remote location this will prove a better choice if the stove is going in a room that you plan on spending alot of time in cast may be the better choice as it has better radiant qualities hope this helps you make the choice better
Just speaking from experience here, I have the Jotul 600 Firelight. It heats my 2100 sq ft home nicely. It is the only heat I have (hence the name "MustBurn"). I only run into trouble below 20 degrees, while burning wet wood. I have fired it to 650 degrees with no issues and run it overnight with no problems. It's a good stove...
I would agree with stoveguy13 about the VERY limited value of mfg heating capacity estimates. A certain volume of wood can put out so many BTU's (exact number depends on the variety) when burned. The only real variable is how long the stove takes to burn the wood, (as in how many BTU's/hour) and that is pretty much under your control, as all the stoves can be adjusted about the same amount.
You will get some variation depending on the stove material - mostly a time shift, soapstone takes longer to get hot and start radiating, but radiates longer after the fire goes out, and arguably maintains a more uniform average temperature. Steel pretty much tracks whatever is going on inside the firebox, and cast iron is somewheres in between.
The marketing department is the one that comes up with the "volume heated" number - but there is no "standard" on the volume, so company A's 2000 sq ft is not going to be the same as company B's. Similarly there is no standard for defining "burn time", or even peak and average BTU's... Each of those numbers can be shrunk or stretched depending on how you tune the stove, and (again) there is no standard. They don't have to get all the numbers off the same stove settings, but can (and may) tune the stove to optimize each one. In essence you can have a short hot burn (High peak BTU's) or a slow cool burn (long burn time) or something in between, (best average BTU, usually) but you can't get all three. VC claims to use the same setup for all three, which is why their numbers are arguably more conservative than some of the other brands.
The ONLY variable that really tells you anything useful is firebox size - a bigger firebox = more wood per load in = longer / hotter fires (pick one, depending on stove settings) = more heat / load of wood out... Note that within limits, you can get as much heat out of a small stove as you do out of a big one, you'll just be running it hotter and reloading more often.
In your shoes I'd throw all those mfgr performance numbers out the window, and simply go for the biggest firebox that you find otherwise acceptable.
GEE WIZ!, Get the Cat Defiant already! You like the looks and the fire box is as big as it gets, so the btu output will be the same or more than any other similar sized stove. Don't look at the BTU numbers by the manufactures, they are all fudged. You can only get so many BTU's per lb of wood no matter what kind of wood you burn. The cat will burn less wood and more heat because it's more efficient. People will argue, but it's true.
Mr. Hunky, I'm not sure you are considering things in the same way that you will after using your stove a few years. You describe yourself as a novice, so if you don't mind I'd like to share some knowledge gleaned from a lifetime of wood heat.
First of all, people rarely run a wood stove flat out except on the very coldest days. That is because when you get a stove that hot, the uninhabitable area close to such an intense source of heat really cuts into your usable floor space. What good is it if the farthest reaches of the house are warm but nobody wants to be close to the stove?
It isn't like forced air where you have a lot of volume of warm air circulating around you. Wood stoves are HOT. And they RADIATE intense heat. The quality of the heat you are putting into the room is much different than warm forced air. I'll say it again, simply comparing BTU with forced air can be misleading because most of your wood heat is radiant heat, not hot air heat. Unlike a room heated by forced air, when you stand in a line of sight of the wood stove you will definitely be warmer than you will be if you step around a partition, behind a counter, or even step behind a piece of furniture. BTW, in your furniture layout you will be more comfortable if your furniture can be moved to take advantage of variations in the heat of the stove versus the weather. Some days you will want to face the stove - some days you will want to face awary from it. Being able to move around in a room to find different zones of heat is something intrensic to wood heat that is very different from forced air heat.
You will find that some people with large homes will use several wood stoves at moderate settings rather than one stove at full blast. That's a personal choice that you will understand more about after you have used a single wood heat source for a few years. Frankly, I think any of the stoves you have listed are fine for your purpose. I also think it is wise of you to have a back up source of forced air heat.
Another thing....I also think that rating stoves on the basis of their advertised ability to heat xxxx cubic feet of house is not the best way to compare them. Stoves of similar dimension tend to differ more in advertising hype then they do in operation.
If you would compare stoves on a single basis, consider doing so on the volume of the firebox first and maybe the weight secondly. Off hand I would say that you want a stove with at least 3 cubic feet of firebox and if cast iron it should be weighing over 425 lbs. Most of your favorite stoves will meet those criteria and should put out similar BTU and burn times. The stove world is very competitive; if one stove was clearly better than another we would all know and tell you. In my opinion, way too much advertising copy has been written about emptying the ash box - normally a minor chore. In fact some stoves work better if the ash box is allowed to fill up and stay full. On the other hand, I am so biased toward the value of top loading that I won't even consider buying a stove without it....thereby restricting myself and missing out on some very beautiful stoves.
Moreover, every experienced wood burner will tell you that your chimney design is at least as important as the stove - probably more so. You should put a lot of thought into the draft because that's where much of the performance difference lies. Consider that a good chimney system will cost as much as the stove.... maybe more - and is a lot harder to change. For that matter, I have absolute confidence in telling you that what kind of wood you burn in the stove along with what kind of chimney you construct will make more of a difference than which brand of stove that you end up with.
I hope I'm not bursting your bubble, but heating 4000 cubic feet with one raging stove on a cold day at 8000 feet is barely possible - and it is certainly going to be different than you are visualizing. Cold days can be a lot of work, but it is worthwhile as the temperature falls outside and the whole family just sort of migrates toward the stove. Woodstove togetherness. And on the days when a more uniformly heated house is desireable, you may want to consider leaving the stove on medium and making up the difference with the forced air system.
Wood heat has an oddly satisfying quality which touches some deep seated sense of comfort. Yes, it is work, but obviously all of us here think the effort is worthwhile. Whichever one you decide on I'd bet you will enjoy the season and learn from it too.
Good Luck, Scotty
Thanks for the very in-depth "realistic" reply. As I've said before, I am a total novice and so I tend to read the literature produced by the MFG's in depth but take all their specs with a grain of salt!. Even the local stove shops tell me that much if not most of the industry specs are totally unregulated and the numbers can be fudged or stretched as most statistics can be.
Your simple explanations make perfect sense to me and I can't find fault with the basics of your explanations other than one; let me explain.
Somewhere in this equasion, I would like to think that "'quality" must be a factor in a stoves performance as well/ I will use my own personal situation as an example.
In my case. I will have an extremely high piping to exit the roof (almost 30'). Because of this very tall height of piping needed; I may have a tendancy for the stove to want to overfire due to a very strong draft (causwed by the height).
To make this situation worse, I will be burning almost exclusively pine (quick and hot burning), which will certainly not help an already overfiring situation.
Should I have a choice between a "leaky" stove, or one that is very "tight", I can only assume that the tighter stove will leak in less unwanted air thereby allowing me to have a better control over the temp setting. Should I just get any stove (based only on its largest bax size), without taking into account how well made or at least how "tight" it is, I may be faced with a situation in which I will have very little to almost no control over the lower burn/temp settings as all the air leaks will combine with my super draft and hot burning wood and all I will have left is a raging out of control fire....all the time!
To answer your statement "you like the defiant, it has a huge firebox, just buy it already!). Part of me agrees with you 100%, yet part of me is still very nervous to potentially end up with a constant raging out of control burn do to the inability to control the lower burn rates/temp settings caused by a stove that leaks too much air.
I know members have said that VC quality has improved but to be totally honest, downgrading a lifetime warranty to a limited three year warrantee does not increase my confidence in them!!
I REALLY want to make the right choice (that we can live with), and that will be to purchase a stove with a very large firebox (3.0 cf or more) that can keep a burn going throughout the night and also IS TIGHT ENOUGH to allow me to control my lower settings somewhat effectively.
Based on what others have told me, and from what I have read, there are very few options. I do have confidence in the PE Summit, classic, alderlea based on their lifetime warranty and from others personal experiences. The same is true for the Hearthstone Mansfield but the wife won't allow it based only on its looks, nothing else.
I personally think the VC Defiant is the nicest looking stove (IMO) out there which is why I keep talking about it. YES, I am "wishy-washy", "fickle", you name it, because I am looking for the performance of say a quadrafire 5100 or blazeking 1107 in the beauty of a VC defiant and the quality of a Hearstone.
The best "compromise" I can currently come up with (although I've changed my mind a few times!!), is the new PE Alderlea.
It only has one single opening (to reduce possible leaks from other openings), has the best warrantee in the industry, has only excellent reviews (based on its brother the summit), it can hold a burn all night (so I'm told) and is a non-cat for better simplicity for a novice burning crappy pine with a 30' stack!!
So, now you must be wondering, "Why the hell don't you just buy the PE Alderlea then??". Honest answer, the wife REALLY likes the looks of the Defiant better, we have a local VC dealer now (the last one went out of business!!......another confidence killer!!}, and there is no *local* PE dealer nearby, other than a very small shop several hundred miles away!.
So, if you were me, what would you do??. Buy a unit that has a spotty record from a local dealer who knows nothing at all about this new line, OR, buy a unit with a very good reputation from someone you have no idea about since they are a tiny little shop many hundreds of miles away??.
I will come to a descision soon, I promise. I just want to know I made the right one. Being a novice in an unregulated industry does'nt help either!.
Thanks for your reply. I must have been typing as you were replying and may have covered a few iteams that you already mentioned.
Your reply came across as very knowledgable and sincere and i really appreciate that.
I must say that I don't have unrealistic expectations for any stove, especially trying to heat around 4000 sf of "volume". That said, I would rather fall overboard from a boat 1/2 mile from shore as opposed to 4 miles from shore! Even though it may be unrealistic to heat 4000 sf with a single stove, I would at least want to get one that is capable of doing 2500 to 3000 as opposed to less.
I still have one trick up my sleeve that I have not mentioned yet, but I promise to inform you of it tomorrow, (it's almost midnight and I'm tired!).
Thanks again for the informative replies. Hint: My "trick up my sleeve" has to do with somehow routing the heat from the wood stove into the already existing duct work throughout the whole house that is used by the current forced air gas unit.. The return grate for the forced air unit is very close to the wood stove location and has me thinking!!. Now I know I won't get any sleep tonight!
Your reasoning on the "quality" issue makes sense, and arguably any welded firebox stove SHOULD be tighter sealing than a cast stove simply by virtue of having fewer seams to potentially leak. However we have had users that have had problems (resolved by an adjustment, but it was tricky to find) with gasket leaks on a PE, and bad welds on an Englander (Englander did take care of the problem) so quality can still be an issue. It is one of the other things that I had in mind when I said pick the biggest firebox out of the otherwise acceptable units...
In your situation, I would probably incorporate a chimney damper into any setup that I built as a properly used damper can help to resolve overdraft problems (You do need to be careful not to use it as a "band-aid" to cover other issues, but it will solve genuine overdrafts...) Our house doesn't have the altitude yours does, and I burn mostly hardwood, but I also have a tall stack (about 25') so I need to worry about draft issues as well. My smoke dragon has a chimney damper built in, and I'd want to put one in for any stove I replaced it with because of my stack height.
I can understand your concern about VC quality and such, but the cat Defiant is a long established model with a good track record overall. Remember that there are a couple of factors that distort what you see here on the forum...
1. We tend to see more "problem cases" than average - there are two main classes of newcomers we see here, those like you who are trying to make smart purchases, and those who are having problems they are trying to figure out. We seldom get people with perfectly working stoves signing up to tell us how well they work...
2. VC is the 800lb gorrilla of the stove industry, and probably sell ten times as many stoves as all the other makers combined - if they had the same defect rate as everyone else in the industry, you would see huge numbers of VC complaints just because they sell so many stoves... Considering the number of Defiants that are probably out there (I don't know the exact sales figures) the number of complaints we get here suggest a fairly low defect rate.
For reasons I discuss elsewhere, I'm not seriously in the market for a new stove, but if I were, the VC Encore would very much be on my "short list" (our house is smaller, so we don't need the Defiant size)
The only big thing that would worry me about a cat in your situation is that some folks say that pine that isn't VERY well dried tends to put out more creosote than hardwoods, which means you need to make sure your wood is well seasoned and that you keep your cat working above the "light-off" temp as much as possible to avoid the potential for clogs.
I'm not quite as comfortable with the newer "everburn" technology as that seems to have gotten more mixed reviews, however at least some of the problem cases have been low draft issues, which shouldn't be your problem.
I think you'd be happy with either a PE or the Defiant. The Isle Royal is slightly smaller, but probably would also do well for you if you wanted the top load and non-cat combo - .3 CF isn't such a huge difference in size for that class of stove, and again we don't here of that many issues with the IR.
Before you get over excited about this, check your codes There are very strict rules about the locations of stoves and HVAC returns - I forget the exact clearances but I think its a 10' minimum, I wish Elk were still around for the official numbers... The reason is a concern that if you had a malfunction, the HVAC system could cause the rapid spread of smoke and / or carbon monoxide throughout the house with potentially life threatening consequences. (same reason stoves are prohibited in bedrooms)
The other issue is that the hot air coming off the stove is only going to be a few degrees warmer than the room is, unlike in your furnace heat exchanger where you have about a 30-50* temperature rise. Your HVAC system looses a good bit of heat in the ducting, and is not terribly effective at redistributing stove temperature air. You will be better off trying to encourage natural circulation in the house space, possibly using a few strategically placed fans, rather than trying to use the HVAC system.
I know this from experience, we had a little box that hooked into our thermostat, and cycled the HVAC fan for ~5 minutes every 15 minutes or so. We found the net result was that the house temp over all averaged out a little more evenly, but mostly by dropping the room with the stove by about 5 degrees, and bringing the rest of the house up about one... I turned it off about half way through this past winter, didn't miss it, and recently sold the box to someone else...
Goose, I've seen many commercial HVAC installs where asmokegas detector was located in the return air duct of the system,wired in series with the safetycontrol circuit of the unit to shut it down if such an emergency arose.I guess a person could do the same thing with a residential application if they were really sold on the idea of trying to circulate that warmer air from the stove room to the remainder of the home.I agree with your own experience though,the idea of distributing hot stove room air via the Hvac ducting sounds great,but never really lives up to its' billing.
In my opinion, you should have installed a masonry heater. But given the choices of wood stoves you have discussed here I would consider carefully my own ability to maintain the entire system. If you are a good mechanic, then choose the Defiant catalytic. If you tend to avoid mechanical work, choose the PE. Also, consider your budget. The chimney for the Defiant will cost more. And you can expect about $150/year for repairs and maintenance. The cost per year of maintenance for the PE will likely be under $50. Although, depending on some variables hard to predict, you may break even on yearly costs due to the increased efficiency of the catalytic system.
I also think you are trying too hard to get the perfect stove. I think any of the stoves mentioned can be your perfect stove. Don't get so caught up in the minute details that is prevents you from making a decision. I don't think you have to fear making a mistake when considering any of these stoves. I would choose based on the feature set that I liked the best. Sounds like your wife favors the Defiant. That should be enough to swing the decision in favor of the Defiant. Especially if you like the top load and warming shelves, etc. The PE is a fine stove. But no top load, no warming shelves, no double-door open "Franklin style" ambiance, etc.
Good luck. And welcome to the world of wood burning.
It is probably possible from a theoretical standpoint, although I wonder if such a setup would work fast enough to be effective in a home scale system as opposed to an industrial size system - If sensitive enough to react quickly, you also have a higher probability of false alarms - likely to rapidly lead to the system getting disconnected! There are some new homes with hardwired smoke detectors that do shut down the HVAC at the same time, but that isn't enough to change the rules as I understand it.
At any rate, my understanding from Elk is that (at least in the US) codes don't permit that sort of setup in this situation. To bad he's on break and can't chime in with the specific chapter & verse references and the exact details about what is and isn't OK.
I'm sure that searching back you can probably find something on it, as well as his opinion about just how an HVAC system ought to be setup for best performance in both heating and cooling.
This has already been discussed, but the issue in this house is going to be heat stratification, ie: it's going to be hotter up in the loft than on the 1st floor. A pair of ceiling fans blowing upward will do a great deal to mitigate the issue and will be virtually silent. Using the return ductwork is not an efficient way to do this. Goose is correct, the distance to the return must not be less than 10 feet. Here is the code:
301.9 Fuel types. Fuel-fired appliances shall be designed for
use with the type of fuel to which they will be connected and the
altitude at which they are installed. Appliances that comprise
parts of the building mechanical system shall not be converted
for the usage of a different fuel, except where approved and
converted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
The fuel input rate shall not be increased or decreased beyond
the limit rating for the altitude at which the appliance is
This code is not part of what was asked of me in the original post but this guestion has come up often concerning bedroom locations. In the past my state based their Mechanical codes on the 1993 Boca Mechanical with the adoption of the 7th edition we now are part of the International code community. All these codes I had not looked into before but the 2003 and 2006 International mechanical codes have the updates that answer many past questions.
EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCE LOCATION
303.1 General. Equipment and appliances shall be located as
required by this section, specific requirements elsewhere in this
code and the conditions of the equipment and appliance listing.
303.2 Hazardous locations. Appliances shall not be located in
hazardous location unless listed and approved for the specific
303.3 Prohibited locations. Fuel-fired appliances shall not be
located in, or obtain combustion air from, any of the following
rooms or spaces:
1. Sleeping rooms.
3. Toilet rooms.
4. Storage closets.
5. Surgical rooms.
Exception: This section shall not apply to the following
1. Direct-vent appliances that obtain all combustion air
directly from the outdoors.
701.3 Circulation of air. The equipment and appliances within
every room containing fuel-burning appliances shall be
installed so as to allow free circulation of air. Provisions shall
be made to allow for the simultaneous operation of mechanical
exhaust systems, fireplaces or other equipment and appliances
operating in the same room or space from which combustion
and dilution air is being drawn. Such provisions shall prevent
the operation of such appliances, equipment and systems from
affecting the supply of combustion and dilution air.
918.6 Prohibited sources. Outdoor or return air for a
forced-air heating system shall not be taken from the following
6. A room or space containing a fuel-burning appliance
where such room or space serves as the sole source of
1. Closer than 10 feet (3048 mm) from an appliance vent
outlet, a vent opening from a plumbing drainage system
or the discharge outlet of an exhaust fan, unless the outlet
is 3 feet (914 mm) above the outdoor air inlet.
2. Where there is the presence of objectionable odors,
fumes or flammable vapors; or where located less than
10 feet (3048 mm)above the surface of any abutting public
way or driveway; or where located at grade level by a
sidewalk, street, alley or driveway.
1. This shall not apply where the fuel-burning
appliance is a direct-vent appliance.
2. This shall not apply where the room or space
complies with the following requirements:
2.1. The return air shall be taken from a room or
space having a volume exceeding 1 cubic
foot for each 10 Btu/h (9.6 L/W) of combined
input rating of all fuel-burning appliances
2.2. The volume of supply air discharged back
into the same space shall be approximately
equal to the volume of return air taken from
2.3. Return-air inlets shall not be located within
10 feet (3048 mm)of any appliance firebox
or draft hood in the same room or space.
3. This shall not apply to rooms or spaces containing
solid fuel-burning appliances, provided that
return-air inlets are located not less than 10 feet
(3048 mm)from the firebox of such appliances.
Okay guys, thanks for the info on the hvac possibility (or lack thereof!). I did'nt know if it were an option to pump the stoves hot air around using the existing duct work throughout the house but once again, BeGreen came to the rescue to clear up that issue real quick!.
A few members now have mentioned that I should have a "damper" installed. I am not really sure what that is, but just by the definition of the word, I assume it is some type of devise (possibly a moving flap of sorts) that will act to restrict the air flow up the stack thereby reducing an overdraft situation; is this correct?
At this time, I feel very confident that we will purchase either the VC Defiant or the PE Alderlea. (Although I'm still not sure about a cat or non cat Defiant and I don't want to open a can of worms on the whole cat/non cat debate). For the moment, knowing that I will purchase one of those two stove options, can we discuss proper venting (stack/chimney) for a moment?.
It seems that proper piping and setup can be as important (possibly even more), than the stove itself (so I am told)..
As fussy as I am in trying to pick the correct stove for our application, I certainly don't want to screw it up in the venting area.
I have an estimate from a local certified installer to put in a stove for either the Defiant or Alderlea using 6'' double wall simpson "duratech" piping. It mentions in the bid parts such as 2100* pipe, flashing,6'' to 8'' oval adaptor- and storm collars, but no mention of a damper.
From all I have read and learned so far, it seems that I am the poster child for overfiring! (30' high ceiling, 8000ft elevation, burning fast and hot pine). I would really like to know the best setup to use in my situation. Any tips would be appreciated.