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when to rebuild a wood stove

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by sparksalot, Aug 21, 2006.

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  1. sparksalot

    sparksalot New Member

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    i bought a jotul castine wood stove 3yrs ago and have read that they have to be rebuilt every few years or so....what is a few years and how can i tell when to rebuild? wondering if i should have not gone cast iron..

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  2. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    gasketing 4-6- years use CAST IRON NOT WElDED STEEL 10- 12 Years depending upon usage for rebuilding
  3. seaken

    seaken Minister of Fire

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    A smoke test or a light test will help determine is the seals are bad. I have had cast iron stoves last well over 12 years without the need for a reuild. ANd I've had some need it after two years. There is no way to know from here. You'll need to so a test on the seals. If in doubt, rebuild it and repack all the seal joints with fresh new furnace cement.

    Sean
  4. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    Sparky,
    I have the same stove and its been buring the same as the day I bought it in 2001. I'll keep a closer eye on it as I go through this season. Although I hope it continues as is for another few years. Door gaskets are still very tight.
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    In general, when you find the fire harder to control and damp down, then it's time to check the gaskets. I haven't experienced premature problems with the cast iron stoves I owned. The 602 finally got rebuilt after 15 years of service. Sounds like the writer might have been refering to the bad run of VC stoves in the 80's & 90's. Sometimes one can't believe everything one reads.

    Jotul makes good stoves. If your stove is buring correctly and controls the way it did new, then I wouldn't worry much about this for a few more years. And then, it might just need new door and ash pan gaskets and a good cleaning.
  6. heydan

    heydan New Member

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    This is one reason I chose a steel stove -- no rebuilding necessary. The parts are welded and bent, not held together with furnace cement.
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