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Why open the damper after putting in more wood?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by DeanBrown3D, Oct 21, 2006.

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  1. DeanBrown3D

    DeanBrown3D New Member

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    I'm new to my VC catalyst fireplace, and I am wondering why my instructions say to leave the damper open for 15 minutes every time I add new wood (to a hot fire). My only guess is that if I left it shut,too much smoke would get the catalyst and overheat it, but I don't really know.

    Do you guys all do this or not?

    Thanks!

    Dean

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  2. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    My manual says the same thing, but also state it is to drive off any moisture in the wood to prevent thermal shock to the cat. Not good for the cat. Also says smoke will poor out the loading door.
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    I don't mean while the loading door is open, I mean after I have put wood in and closed the door, I'm supposed to leave the damper open for a while.
  4. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    Dean the damper is the by pass to the cat all the smoke and moisture when starting a new log will clogg that cat up and render it useless. A cat does require more attention
    however inorder to get the new logs in proper buening situation the damper should be open in most stoves cat or non cat.
    What i do is open the cat 30 seconds first then add the wood this prevents smoke spillage into you room if you open the door dampered down
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    Right , Cat or non-cat stove when reloading new wood you need to keep the damper open ( full open , half open ) to char the new load of wood . Over all at what ever the secondary burners is doing you will get over all performance out of your stove , out of your wood and the control temps of the stove . Reloaded wood that has not been chard will lag down and become a turd and sometimes it will kill your fire and smother your coals and coaling wood.
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    Roospike New Member

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    Hahahaha .........

    I dont know if you help any newbes with that come back or made it worse. But at least an A for effort .
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