I do the same so far. I do have to get pretty close and peer in to see if it’s feasible to reload yet. I’ll sometimes crank it up to hurry things along. Crazy how well it squeezes every little drop of heat out of the coals.
Thank you. That is much more clear.Stack effect has to do with the house pressures in relation to the chimney exhaust, some homes have a lower pressure that develops due to a local temp inversion or from appliances / air sealing which then want to steal air from another source, when its static usually the first make up air source is a chimney with a reverse draft, when a stove or insert is being used typically cold starts create a smoke issue, then the temps in the flue warm up enough and the flow of draft gets going in the correct direction, this can be mitigated with a make up air source into the main living space.
When I was saying leaky return, I'm suggesting that perhaps some sheet metal has not been correctly screwed to the furnace on the cold air return side, or a hole cut into the return in the furnace room for something (maybe the upstairs return at one point had a whistle or was to loud, so another hvac company hacked the return to fix the service call problem, but not the real issue)
Now to the BK stove specifically - needs to have an insulated liner in the chimney, this is due to much lower flue temps due to high efficiency, so if a normal insert was letting 750 deg flue gas exhaust on average, the BK is more like 400deg, you can literally put your hand over it on some settings, the insulated liner keeps those gases from cooling further with provides for a more stable draft, it wont fix your cold starts, but it will help with reloads.
Check the cap for debris blockage, grab some bino's and look, even a little bit of debris can cause and issue, before reloading the stove, open the t-stat fully & by-pass for 5 min, then crack open the door, see how if that helps with cutting the smoke roll out.
I called the retailer and they confirmed that I have a two story liner installed.Now to the BK stove specifically - needs to have an insulated liner in the chimney ...
Check the cap for debris blockage, grab some bino's and look.
Why is a little creosote a problem? I think people here get way to hung up on creosote. Go to Amazon and get some real gauges, k type. The basic ones with probes stink. Now that I have digital real time information I'd never go back. You are looking at what happened 5 minutes ago.So I let my fire die down yesterday and checked my chimney out. I had some creosote building up at the 2 90 joints and just above the second 90. Enough to let me know to try a different burn strategy. I cleaned the chimney and reread the manual. I’m going to try letting the new wood that I cut bake longer on high before lowering swoosh. I ran into a couple puzzling things. When I ran it on high this am , when I checked after about 15 minutes, the cat gage and my temp gauge weren’t topped out like usual. I thought that was odd since when I lower the thermostat it usually pegs for a while. Anyways, another confusing thing is in the manual it states to never reload unless the cat gauge is below the first marker in the active zone. But then in another spot it says it’s best to reload with a good bed of coals. Well, yesterday when I let the fire go out, I definitely wouldn’t say there’s a good bed of coals when the cat gauge reaches that spot. Well, I’m open to suggestions. I was almost thinking of buying press logs to finish the season but the wood I cut is testing at around 18ms. Although when I tested my neighbors that he burns, it tested 12-13 so my meter could be off but it reads correct by its calibration test. Chimney was really easy to clean actually but letting the fire go out completely (still slightly warm) was about 24 hours
well it had been less than 2 weeks of burning the new wood and from previous wood burning experience, I’d say I had another 2 weeks before blockage. I could get a gauge, it would probably tell me to burn hotter but I’m on the fence on that one vs more frequent chimney cleaning. I’ll see if baking longer works first I guess. Didn’t seem to be glazing, everything broke up real easy and cleaned up good. The 36” horizontal had about 1/4 in layerWhy is a little creosote a problem? I think people here get way to hung up on creosote. Go to Amazon and get some real gauges, k type. The basic ones with probes stink. Now that I have digital real time information I'd never go back. You are looking at what happened 5 minutes ago.
Ok. Just seems like a lot of creosote for a cat stove. I don't understand stand that. Seems like a wood mc problem. The glass tells the story. Last year when I bought my bk spur of the moment i had to clean my glass often. This yr i haven't cleaned it once.well it had been less than 2 weeks of burning the new wood and from previous wood burning experience, I’d say I had another 2 weeks before blockage. I could get a gauge, it would probably tell me to burn hotter but I’m on the fence on that one vs more frequent chimney cleaning. I’ll see if baking longer works first I guess. Didn’t seem to be glazing, everything broke up real easy and cleaned up good. The 36” horizontal had about 1/4 in layer
You could always just burn hotter with smaller loads and load more often. I only experience low and slow burns in November and MarchYa, I bet you’re right about the mc. My glass isn’t too bad, kind of a V I guess. Plus not doing any length of bake time. I’ll mess with my burning practices for a bit and see. Not a huge deal to run press logs either really. But sure love the way this free fir burns so worth it to try.
I’d definitely try it as is. What the worst that could happen? Bad draft? Creosote? Ck regularly then decide. Im sure others will have a different opinion. Im a little bit of a rebel on here.I ordered a King model recently. I have a question about a liner.
I currently have a double flue, clay lined and oval shaped flue with ID measuring 7" x 10.5". Minimum stack height, taking into account two 90* and 36" horizontal run is suggested 25'. I am a little over 30' from thimble to exit of my chimney. It is mostly running through interior walls. Nothing else is using this side of the chimney. My thimble is 8" and I know i need a cross sectional area of 50sq inches. I would prefer to add an insulated liner but I am really not sure I can get an insulated liner down my chimney at those dimensions and still maintain the 50 sq in size. In terms of draft and heat loss, would the plain metal wall liner alone or the small 1/2" liners provide any significant benefit to me?
Would it be a bad idea to try out the stove without either of these?
Right, the manual still recommends a very long high burn after cat engagement. Whether or not that prevents the creosote you’re seeing is anybody’s guess. I will say that my BK has always made a lot of dark, dry, crumbly creosote. I’ve never gotten 1/4” thick after 9 months of burning with my all vertical stack.I should add that my previous bake times were only a couple minutes. I was just letting everything get blazing and shutting down. Highbeam had mentioned this wasn’t recommended in the manual. I was thinking my good bed of coals would compensate.
You’re right, the thermostat opens back up as the stove cools. The amount that it opens back up is a complicated design parameter that is “baked” in to that coil. The random amount of ash over the coals can make that amount of air insufficient. Mine cools off near the end too despite som coals. Time to reload.Thermostat question to y'all:
During the burn, everything is fine, the thermostat regulates heat output and the room temperature is nearly constant.
However, when the fire has died down and the firebox ist half full with glowing coals, room temperature drops. I mean, there's still a lot of energy in the coals, and when I turn up the thermostat the BK continues to put out heat for a few hours more, but shouldn't the thermostat react to the dropping stove temperature and open up more? It's only a simple bi-metal thermostat, after all.
Probably. It's just (as probably everybody here experiences) that at that point (room starts to cool off) there's so much coal left that even with vigorous compression (aka hitting it with a shovel) there's hardly room for half a load.Time to reload.