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    wood insert surround diy access panel

    Why not just take it off once to install a probe thermometer? There’s really no reason to check the bottom outside of the flue all that often. You can inspect things from the inside looking up just as well - probably more important from the inside to see any buildup. Snap a pic with your phone...
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    Ready for first large burn and have questions

    The first video is good when starting up for a few minutes but you want something closer to the second video for when it settles in. The secondary flames there are great. Often you may get nothing but secondaries. This is ok, but it’s often a tipping point before smoldering if the secondaries go...
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    Ready for first large burn and have questions

    I divide my stacks into three piles. Softwood like pine, oak and “other”. Oak has a distinctive grain. Look at the short parallel marks like in this link. https://www.wood-database.com/wp-content/uploads/live-oak.jpg Also see if you can spot cherry in your stacks. They can dry pretty...
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    Apparently all my firewood is over 30% MC - Safe to burn?

    If you have the space then stack your wood in single rows a few inches off ground. I season oak down below 20% no problem that way in 1.5 years in a seasoning rack that totally protects it from rain. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Temperature sensor

    I have one. The alarm is loud and annoying (like what a good alarm should be). It has a high and low alarm, but you’ll never want to use the low alarm. I also just got an Auber controller that controls my insert’s fan and works as a backup alarm. The digital read outs and alarms make running...
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    Favorite Accessories for Stove or Insert

    Miniature fireplace tool set. I started with a full size set that came with the house. The mini size is much easier to work with in a stove. A rake to pull the coals forward during reload, shovel for clean ups and a brush for the hearth. Hardly ever use the poker unless I’ve got to move a log...
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    House Circulation Issue

    Each person has their heat preferences but if the coldest part of my house was in the upper 60s, I’d pat myself on the back and declare Mission Complete. I wouldn’t want bedrooms much higher than that anyway. Sleep better when the room is a little cooler. 80’s in the stove room is too hot for...
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    Should I use my oil or electric water heater when burning wood

    From what I’ve read fluids traveling to places they shouldn’t go seems to be the reason. Some people say it can stress and crack the lining inside too. There’s a lot of people asking that in the question section on the HD website. The Rheem tech responses are always “Don’t lay it on its side”...
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    Should I use my oil or electric water heater when burning wood

    No - put it earlier in thread. We went with the Rheem Performance Platinum from the orange store. Paid them to do the delivery right to the spot in the basement. Well worth the extra for the peace of mind since I couldn’t transport it standing up like they say you need. Did the install myself. I...
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    New insert - questions on how much expected to burn and others

    There are different versions of being a 24/7 burner. On one hand you have someone who turns off the traditional heater and pushes the stove hard to keep up with the BTU loss of the house. These people go though a lot of wood. On the other end you have someone who might light 2 fires a day...
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    Should I use my oil or electric water heater when burning wood

    I installed the new water heater at the end of September. There’s a mobile app where I can track usage and set a schedule to adjust temperature and operating mode. At first I had it scheduled to use the heat pump except for a couple of hours in the evening when I let the AI choose which was...
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    Enviro 1700v Venice Insert questions

    I have an Auber probe thermometer on my Boston 1700. At first I had it attached to the screw on the outside of the collar like in the pic. Right now I have it on the inside of the collar just kind of shoved between the collar and the liner adapter. Both ways worked well but I found I got a...
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    My Liner Cleaned Itself

    So here’s the rest of it that I got out with the sooteater. Together with the bat cleaning it’s probably about 8 cups. Maybe a little bit more than I’ve gotten in prior years but not by a huge amount.
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    My Liner Cleaned Itself

    Yeah - I assumed that the expansion shakes thing loose too. That does some I’m sure. What came out is about 3/4 of what I’d normally get with a full cleaning. We’ll see how much I get out after sweeping it. But I’m not going to run a science experiment to see how well bats clean liners. It’s...
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    My Liner Cleaned Itself

    Last night I started to get ready to sweep and took a look up into the liner. I saw this. At first I thought it was a part of the liner peeling away. Then I thought it was some of the plastic bag that I stuffed up there that got caught. Then I thought it was part of the plastic bag that if...
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    My Liner Cleaned Itself

    Yeah, when I think about it I don’t think there’s anything in my burning habits that’s causing it. My wood is good and dry I don’t shut it down too much. My draft is very good despite the cold starts, probably because of the height. I don’t think I’m burning any less efficiently or putting out...
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    My Liner Cleaned Itself

    Enviro Boston 1700 insert. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Liner Cleaned Itself

    I do burn hot. It actually likes to run more in the hot side. I start to turn it down at 400F (collar temp) and usually is in the 500 to 600 range. My draft can be very strong. I usually see white water vapor coming out well into the burn, rarely is it perfectly clear until the cooling stage...
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    My Liner Cleaned Itself

    Hi Everybody, When I shut the insert down in the Spring, I decided I’d wait until Fall to clean the liner. I just plugged the liner with some insulation in a plastic bag. There’s an outside chance I may make a fire in the next week so I decided to take out the plug. When I did a few cups of...
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    Glass cleaning suggestions

    Paper towel dipped in vinegar. Works great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wood not drying in shed, what now?

    While getting 20% or below at the center is great and you can’t go wrong with that. The “official” method to get 20% is to take 3 readings (1/4 in on both sides and one on the center) and then average them. At least that’s something I’ve read on here before. If the center is 23% you are probably...
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    Should I use my oil or electric water heater when burning wood

    So the past few years I’ve been running the oil from the start of January until sometime in March. After tracing the plumbing a little better than when I first moved in, I realized that I have a direct heater that dumps into a tank as opposed to an indirect system that steals some heat from the...
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    Hearth Renovation

    That’s what I was getting at. I have two rows of brick before dropping off to the hearth extender. The brick gets pretty hot. I was wondering if it would be uncomfortable for people / pets walking by on the hearth depending on the material used. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hearth Renovation

    I’d be interested in your results. I’ve been thinking about doing something so I don’t need the temporary hearth extension. I wonder how hot the the material on top of the micro gets. The Micore would protect the house but does the tile / stone on top get too hot to touch? Sent from my iPhone...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Be careful with the floor R value requirement. I think the manual defines a required K value not R. There’s some formula to convert it that you can look up but they aren’t the same thing. If I remember correctly K measures heat transmission so a lower number is better, while a higher R value is...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Do you know what’s behind the paneling now? It’s probably just more brick? If so cleaning those up might look good too. Either way, knowing whether you’re veneering over brick or a wall board would change the installation I imagine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hearth Renovation

    Can’t really help with how to do anything, but I fully support getting rid of any wood anywhere close. Right now I’m running mine with the fan off. The first bricks above the surround are 250F and the underside of the mantle about 24 inches up is 135F. If my bricks were wood I would always be...
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    2 High Temp Trigger Points for Auber AT200 Alarm

    I’m thinking that the second alarm is just for a low limit to keep the temp from getting too high or too low. That would be good for cooking but not good for running a stove. I don’t need my alarm going off at 4:00 am because my overnight burn is running out.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2 High Temp Trigger Points for Auber AT200 Alarm

    I have an Auber AT200 digital thermometer on my insert. I’ve been very happy with it. I have it set to go off at a point that’s high enough not to be a nuisance alarm where I can still get control of the fire by shutting the air down. I’d like to set a second high temp trigger point in case the...
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    chimney damper question

    Are you adding more wood to a fire that’s already 500 degrees? In my stove that would send me nuclear. I’m better having a bigger load all from the beginning. With an already hot fire new wood is going to off gas fast and really raise the temps in the secondaries. Sent from my iPhone using...