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Wood not completly burning

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by kieth4548, Jan 25, 2008.

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  1. kieth4548

    kieth4548 New Member

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    Ok.. did my inspections over the weekend.. This is waht I found
    1-no clogged grates
    2-wood was plenty dry
    3-Chimney did need cleaned. Not bad though. Pulled out about 1/2 gallon of junk out of both chimney & stove pipe.

    As result of cleaning chimney like to report things are working great again. I will have to inspect this once a month.

    Thanks
    Kieth

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  2. Shipper50

    Shipper50 Minister of Fire

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    Since I don't really know my sf, I will guess it around 2000. I live in a log home with a loft and upper bedrooms and have not taken the actual measurements yet.

    My air flow is ok with just letting the wood furnace blower do its thing. I tried running my electric furnace blower and it cooled the air to much in some of the vents. My buddy did suggest putting some kind of filter on the wood blower or keep an eye on it and blow it out with air.

    I did take digital heat measurements at the vent and the 3 closest to the main trunk are the hottest. On a good burn, I get anywhere from 125 to 147 degrees.

    Hope this helps, good to know your chimney was clogging so soon.

    Shipper
  3. Woodrat

    Woodrat New Member

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    These are great units-- Just finished running one for a couple of weeks at a friend's house (house&cat;sitting while they were on vacation)
    Only time I had anything like you describe happen was when (as Eric pointed out) the grates toward the back would plug up with ash. Running it with the lower air coming in may make it seem to burn the wood better, but it will overheat the unit and allow it to gobble wood at an alarming rate.What may be happening under those conditions is the turbulance of incoming air is helping to dislodge the ash----- better to do it with an "L" shaped poker.
    Best wishes--Woodrat
  4. kieth4548

    kieth4548 New Member

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    I have a 1500 sq/ft ranch and I measured the vents saturday and I was getting around 125-127 out of all the vents. I was suprised how even it was. I too had the same problem when I ran my blower. England tells you to run it but I don't understand how when it cools it down so fast. I even changed some wiring to slow the blower motor down and still cooled it down. The only problem that I have is that it backflows a little of the heat in the house furnace due to the filter box being hooked into the cold air return. I have to call my furnace guy on this.
  5. kieth4548

    kieth4548 New Member

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    Things are much better now that I have cleaned out my chimney and stove pipes.. Over the weekend I also left the bottom vent open just a hair to get a little air to the back and now I am getting full burn from front to back. Got seven hours out of a load of wood.
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