For me, the price I wanted to pay came down to what I wanted to use it for.
For what I have now, I wasn't in the mood to sink more than $2k into a setup, but I use it mainly to heat my basement and have a NG boiler for the upstairs, plus I buy most of my wood. Now if the stove or insert were...
A couple of things to keep in mind to help you. Control your room temp by how much wood you put in. A smaller, hotter fire that isn't smoldering will burn more efficiently and won't over heat the room/house. So, you'll have to experiment with load size a little bit.
Also, outside temps...
Ideally, yes, you shouldn't be able to see smoke outside. If you want a clean and efficient burn you would get the fire hot and burning, then turn it down, all say within 15 minutes or so. This prevents the smoldering and a provides a clean burn, which will also keep your glass cleaner.
Its usually because of wet wood. My first year burning I cleaned it a lot more often because my wood wasn't fully seasoned yet. It wasn't bad per se, just could've used another summer under cover.
The alternatives are poor door gasket seal or burning too low. Do the dollar bill test on the...
Just cleaned mine for the second time this year. Had a slight brown haze on it. I use the paper towel and ash method, let it dry, then use a damp clean paper towel to wipe that off. Glass is crystal clear after that.
Gloves can be good, I’ve cut myself on the edge.
Keep it centered, go slow, and don’t stretch it. When you take the glass out, make a mental note of how tight the screws are. Perhaps biggest reason glass breaks is from being over tightened.
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Two additional questions that need to be considered.
What repairs were mentioned?
What are the flue dimensions of the fireplace?
Good to know flue dimensions so as to determine if it can be lined properly for a stove or insert. Your sweep may have covered this with...
Ash will sinter when heated at high temps. Have gotten ones similar to the one that's fused to your firebrick, I've replaced a couple of them due to that. Mostly though, they're just laying in the ash.
I have not seen them though with the turquoise color (or any color besides white/black)...
700 is a comfortable maximum for most people. It drops when you open the door because you send all that heat up the flue and the cooler room air comes in.
That said, if you want, start adjusting your air down a tad sooner. That’ll help keep the temps a bit lower.
Did a basic analysis, here's what I've found at least for my area.
Oct: 45% colder than last year
Nov: 14% colder than last year
Dec: 19% warmer than last year (had a bad cold snap between xmas and NY in '17)
Jan: 5% colder than last year
All of the months combined and it's been 2.5%...
Seems to be a somewhat common theme this year. I'm going through a lot more this year as well, I'm already at or past how much I used all of last year.
Time to start analyzing the weather compared to last year to figure this out. Seems warmer this year with a couple of cold snaps.
Those efficiency values are assigned as a default per EPA standards based on the combustion methods used, not a fair representation of actual efficiency. Most stoves these days are running north of 70%.
The HT2000 would be considered XL in the new EPA world. It'll give you a 10 hour burn with a ton of BTUs.
Tell us more about your setup and home, it may even be possible to go smaller. Going from L to XL today, generally speaking, you gain about 2 hours burn time, but I think the biggest gain...
What’s your stove model?
Century Heating 2900i insert, 2.4 cuft box
How big is your house? How well insulated?
About 1800 upstairs, about 500 feet finished in basement where insert is located
Insulation is pretty good I think. Thursday I measured the outside wall temp of the stove room at...
Not going to repeat the above, but generally speaking, wood needs sunshine and ventilation to dry well. Drying in a garage can extend the drying period because there's little ventilation to carry away the moisture. As humidity goes up, drying times extend.
The easiest way to know if its the...
In southern MI, which is where it's generally been the coldest in the state (the lakes have kept the rest of the state warmer), we'll stay in positive double digits by early Saturday morning. It'll continue up to 52 degrees and raining on Monday. That'll be interesting.