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wood falls against the glass...

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

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  1. crow

    crow New Member

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    Occasionally as my fire burns down , the wood will fall into coals and any larger pieces on top will tumble toward the glass.
    When this happens, the wood also blocks the air hole in the "dog house " , which as far as I can tell is my only direct air source , besides the baffles for secondary burn at the top of the fire box.
    I know other posts have touched on the fact that the glass is really ceramic, etc.
    But the manual for my stove (Hearthstone Tribute)advises against letting wood come in contact with the glass , and cautions against letting anything block the air hole. It says that the stove will not function properly if the hole becomes blocked or clogged.

    What can I do to prevent this from happening. What damage would be done if this happens when I am not right there to correct it?
    Does it pose any danger?

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  2. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    That's one of the fall backs of having a small firebox. When I have a log fall on the glass it will leave a black soot spot on the glass. I just wipe it off with a paper towel. When wood blocks the air supply my glass can really soot up, so I tend to place the logs an inch or two away from it. When I reload I rake the coals towards the front so the angle will roll the logs towards the back.
  3. Hokerer

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    It shouldn't really be that big a deal - the worst is that you'll have to clean the glass. You're air supply is not really being blocked. Your main combustion air comes into the firebox at the top front, flows down across the inside of the glass window, and then goes behind the angled metal and then out the "dog house". If your "dog house" is blocked, the air still comes in, still washes the glass, it just can't get into the "dog house". It's still there to feed your fire.
  4. lazer 46

    lazer 46 New Member

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    I cut my wood shorter and load the stove so that the ends lay front to back. I have a wide firebox which will take a 20 inch log, but I only cut wood 13 inches and load it the front to back method. Nothing rolls . Works for me.
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    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    hey lazer
    how long of a burn can you get loading it front to back?
    what are your normal burn times?
    and does the stove run any hotter with smaller splits?
  6. lazer 46

    lazer 46 New Member

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    I have an Avalon Olympic. This is my second year with this stove. I can make this stove burn all night long if I damp it down completely. But I would rathe have productive heat so I probably open it up a bit more than normal. I load it at 10;30 pm and at 6:00 AM there is still hot coals. That is a far cry from the advertised 12 hour burn time but I think all these burn times are overrated. And yes, smaller splits does produce a hotter fire.
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