White smoke

Brokenwing Posted By Brokenwing, Oct 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

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  1. Brokenwing

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    Well tonight was the first night for a fire! I fired the stove off before dark, and everything looks great. Tonight when I walked outside and the flood light came on, it shines over the vent pipe I see all this smoke. My damper is the same as last year, stove is clean, no smoke in the firebox, and the flame looks good. I am puzzled, maybe I need to adjust the air right, I have never messed with that. Here is a video. I think the flood light enhances what is coming out of the vent.

     
  2. BrotherBart

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    We have a new Pope!
     
  3. Brokenwing

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    lmao, is that what it is!;)
     
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    If it dissipates not far after coming out of the pipe, it is steam from humidity in the house or outside air if you have an OAK.
     
  5. dmancine

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    White smoke usually indicates water vapor
     
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    Looks like the fire needs more air...
     
  7. WoodPorn

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    Where's the weather cap/hood for the pipe?
     
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    [quotodPorn, post: 1549886, member: 11139"]Where's the weather cap/hood for the pipe?[/quote]
    Yeah youll regret not having one when an animal ends up in your combustion motor....
     
  9. Tedinski

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    My exhaust vent looks identical to the one pictured in the video... it's the one my dealer recommended.
    Should I change out the end piece for a different style?
    I don't think there's a screen or anything to keep critters out. Not much of a problem in the winter while it's running, but come spring??
     
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    over the spring/summer,after cleaning, you'll want to seal off the vent (and OAK inlet if you have one) to keep both critters and moisture out.
    you still need to rustproof the stove itself by painting or coating with pam or some of the other coatings people use. many of us also use damp rid.

    i seal my vent with several bread bags and tape them up. i was reading some clever way to not get tape on the pipe, but can't remember it now.
    it doesn't bother me and i just cut the tape when i'm opening up the vent again.
     
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    At the end of the season we pull out the venting, clean and store till fall. Cap the stoves to prevent rust etc. Wave length of some lights highlight smoke. Check you exhaust under daylight.
     
  12. Tedinski

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    Thanks for the info!
    I like the idea of removing the piping, too... just take the zip screw out of the horizontal run, and pop it out through the wall!? I'm sure I could find a 3" plug somewhere...
     
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    Or a cleaned empty food can.
     
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    :)
    My kind of fix.
     
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    Most of us are not burning pellets to see how much we can pay the Oil Companies to keep our butts warm.
     
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    Nice video

    Do you have white smoke on the inside of the fire box too?
     
  17. Brokenwing

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    Wood porn that is the termination cap. Like the above, during the summer I put a bag over the pipe to keep the critters out. Now as far as my issue goes, no smoke inside the fire box. My damper is the same as last year. So I am kind of confused. To me it looks more then water vapor, but It is not as noticeable during the day. I guess when I light it off tomorrow I can add some more air by adjusting the the air trim up.
     
  18. Brokenwing

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    They make a screen to fit the cap, it is like 20 dollars. I save my money and during the summer when not in use, either put a bag over it, or smoke show had a good idea with using a plumbing cap. No need to go spend money.
     
  19. Utilitrack

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    I have the same end as well, I use a Fernco end cap in the spring through to Fall, no issues with critters or rust.
     
  20. Tedinski

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    Fernco's are a godsend. Saved me tremendous trouble fixing my OLD plumbing this summer.
    Thx.
     
  21. Brokenwing

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    So I have been watching the stove closely, and I think it was the light shining on the exhaust playing tricks on me. During the day I see nothing from the pipe. but at night with the light shining I can see it.
     
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