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What air setting do you normally run your stove at.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Seasoned Oak, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    Just curious as to what setting most burners run their stove. Wide open -closed down or somewhere in between.
    Its about 35 outside now 20s overnight and i just fired up my stove for the season. If its any warmer outside my house gets too hot.
    Im running all the way closed on the air setting and the Bsmt (where the stove is) is 81 and the 2nd floor(living space) is 77 third floor (Bedrooms) is 74. House is about 3000 SF.
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  2. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Just barely open if i have 3 splits in it once it is up to temp.

    Half open if i have 1 or 2 splits in.
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Normal setting for us is (on a numbered control 1-4) at .75 That is just under 1 on the control.
  4. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    I find that at the lowest setting gives you get the most heat per hour over a long burn time .My Air control slides about 4" .
    This harman is a bear ,24 /7 burning is too much heat for the shoulder seasons. Just right when the serious cold hits.
  5. DianeB

    DianeB Feeling the Heat

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    With the Castine, I go 3/4 for 5 min when I hit 300 then to 1/2 when I hit 400 and then 1/4 when I hit 450 to 500 and then let it coast there. It seems to get the house up to 77 or 78 when outside is 30. Since this is my first year, I don't really know what it will do when we are below 10 degrees which we often are come late December. I may have to get it up to closer to 600 before I go below 1/2 and make sure the stove is really full. I have heard the best way to run it is to run it down to coals before loading, but this is contrary to how we ran the old stove so we find ourselves tossing in logs every now and then when we are home on weekends. Right now we are only filling the stove one half full since the temps have been pretty mild.
  6. WellSeasoned

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    Overall, my stove is just a smidge open. Got really good draft, any more open its just heat out the chimney.
  7. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    The Encore tends to like more air. Usually 65-80% closed during the day.

    Defiant is all the way closed.

    The 30 is just a smudge away from all the way closed most of the time.
  8. WellSeasoned

    WellSeasoned Guest

    :)A smidge :eek:A smudge:)
  9. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    Every fire is different. Cruising position on the primary air lever could be anywhere from 3:30 to 5:00, depending on the other variables - temp, wood type, thermometer readings, load size, wind, split size, etc. IOW, it varies.
  10. David Tackett

    David Tackett Member

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    27 degrees last night and ran with it closed down to 1/8" like the manual states and my house was 70 this morning when I got up with lots of coals. So, I run with it closed mostly.
  11. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Typically I run the encore between fully closed and about 20% open (straight down on the lever).

    The routine for mild days or an overnight burn is to run hot, about half open till the room gets to temp and then close in stages to completely shut to maintain.

    On cold days (20s or below) I might need to keep the air open that 20% or so, but rarely much more than that unless I let the house cool down a lot. The stove would probably over fire if I ever left it more than 25% open for a full cycle on more than 3 splits or so.
  12. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Once up and running . . . closed or just open a dite to a quarter.

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