Very interesting evening.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by corey21, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. corey21

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    Loaded the stove a few hours ago and it went to the moon had pink flames shooting from the tubes and had them glowing. I did not panic but i did give pipe damper a half turn for 5 minutes then the flames turned back to blue but wow it was amazing. Oh my stove top thermometers were pegged but they read a little high.

    Edit There is just heat wave coming from my chimney
     
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    My tubes would glow which would be normal but therm's pegged,Ouch!
     
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    Yeah have had the tubes glowing before but that secondary burn was massive. I know what i done wrong i stacked the load like log cabin and let it catch up real good before turning the air down. I dont want to think what it would have been like without a pipe damper. The stove would have been glowing more then likely without the pipe damper.

    Edt. I am still in all i did not know the Mag could do that wow.
     
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    Sounds like you either waited too long to turn things down or loaded on a coal bed that was still large / quite active?

    In either case, if you hop on getting the air down and that damper closed some sooner, it'll help keep things from getting out of hand.

    I could tell where things were going with my dinner load tonight, and I closed the pipe damper for just about 5 mins, that's all it took to get the reigns back in my hands.

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    Yeah i know for sure that i did not cut the ar back soon enough but i am thankful to have that pipe damper.
     
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    Sounds like this might have been a case of combustus vigilantus interuptus. Get a timer that you can carry with you and set it as a reminder to turn down the air.
     
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    Happens fast. I needed to use the damper tonight because I loaded, went to the bedroom to change out of my work wear, then headed back to the stove. It's a normal routine that generally takes the same amount of time every day but apparently the draft was exceptional is my guess. Stove hadn't gotten to hot yet but I could see though the window where we were headed, which is why I took the proactive route with the pipe damper.

    A timer is a great tool, but you'll still be surprised from time to time. Vigilance (or a stove / pipe thermometer with an alarm) is handy.

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    Yes, I have been thinking about a stove alarm. In our multitasking household we tend to get involved in other things pretty quickly.
     
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    That does create an inferno, tons of surface area and air. I build small stacks like that for startup (did it tonight) to get temps up quick but they can take off with dry wood so I've learned to keep them pretty small.
     
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    Same here, maybe next season.
     
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    I was next to the stove the whole time draft must be super tonight it just took off fast.
    Yeah it happen real fast but the pipe damper controlled it pretty good.
     
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    Load up my stove tonight with 5 splits of locust and 3 splits of oak, and it settled in at 600 and I just went back down stairs which it has only been a half an hour and the stove had gone up to 700. I'll just turn the fan on for the night, watch it for a couple minutes then I'm going to bed
     
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    Sounds normal.

    I think you might be a little too concerned about the secondary flames. What was your air control at when the thermometer was "pegged?" I also pegged my thermometer earlier today, but was easily able to get the stove under control. Glad you did not panic. At least the turnkey damper is working to keep your nerves calm. :)

    There were heat waves coming off my stove earlier. Got rather warm.
     
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    The air was closed when the thermometer pegged. My nerves were fine but the stove was a runaway till i used the pipe damper.

    Edit. I just did not adjust the air soon enough.
     
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    Colder temps out creates bigger temperature differential thus more draft of the flue sucking air thru the stove better, Opposite of when the temps are warm outside and cant get the stove going.
     
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