It looks like they discontinued the condar cat probe I had installed on my stove. Here's the most recent model available.Wolves,
I have read most of this thread now. It seems like the issues with this stove have been resolved. Would you agree? By adding the backing plate or baffling it seems like the stove is much more efficient and all the new stoves now come with this. Is this correct?
Do you have a picture of this Cat temperature probe? I thought I read someone's post where they claim all of these units now come with the probe thermometer.
I would like to see a picture to see where this would need to be mounted. It seems like this is the 3rd or 4th year this stove has been produced and they had some initial issues.
We really like the look of it, but I don't want to buy a lemon.
Also, anybody know how loud the fan is? How many decibels? This unit would be in a main room and if the blower is obnoxious, that is a problem. I am still on the fence with this purchase. I with there were more threads about this unit.
I agree with jseery about the fan on low it's no problem but you should keep it low when your doing a slow burn the only time the fan should be on high is if you have a very hot fire with the air control opened. I did not know they discontinued the probe I have but the probe that was post is perfect, I don't know if it comes with the stove. A lot of the problems with the stove could have been the installation and the bypass not closing all the way. Just make sure when it's installed it closes all the way.It looks like they discontinued the condar cat probe I had installed on my stove. Here's the most recent model available.
I don't have an exact decibel reading on the blower. On low, it is not really noticeable. On high, it is loud enough that I don't like to read in the same room. "Pretty loud" is how I would describe the high setting. So, I usually keep it on low unless I really feel like I need to pump out heat.
Wood has been in our house for 2 years so it should be pretty dry. Since it was our first burn we started slow and built up a bit. Not fully loaded but I would say half or a little more. Even during the heat up phase with everything open I don't get it it above 550. It's been closed now with new wood in for about 30 mins and it's at 500. As soon as I turn the fan on low it drops 50 degrees. It was holding at 500 for awhile but then dropped to 450. That's when I put more wood in it.How's the wood moisture content if you know or how old. How much wood did you put in?
Thank you. I was closing both after it hit 500. Should I keep the main at halfback the whole time? Should I ever close it down all the way? I am near Pittsburgh PA. And the temp was in 30s to 40s last night and tonight it's supposed to frost. Got into 50s during the day so thought it would be good to do our break in burns now. The insert was installed in May so it has sat for 6 months before we could test it.The more burns the better it will get also as it gets colder outside you'll get a better draft and you start filling it with 7+ pieces of wood you'll easily get it to 1000+. Once you hit 500 and you close the bypass leave the main air open for about 10 min then close about 1/2 the temp will start going up, don't turn on the fan till the temp goes up. Where are you located? If temps are not down to 32 or lower in your area you don't want the stove temp to go too high, the house will be way too hot.
Thank you for the advice. It was around 11pm last night when the cat was no longer orange and I opened the main air to full to let it die down. I kept the fan on automatic/low and it was still blowing warm air this morning around 6am and the glass was still pretty warm to the touch. I just left it be. We may try another burn tonight when I get home from work. I guess considering I didn't have it fully packed, it did kick off pretty good heat for a good while. Thanks again for all your help. I need to get my ceiling fans replaced or fixed. There are two of them in the family room with the wood burner but when we flipped the switch to reverse the blades, one of the fans won't run at all. It works fine in the cool direction. I ran them on medium (which is not very fast for them) in opposite directions last evening to circulate the warm air and it did a pretty good job. I think we need larger fans in the room since the ceiling is double height. Need to figure out the calculations on that room for the most effective fans.Keep the main air open till a nice fire is established then close to 1/2 then if desired almost closed. The more you close the longer the fire will last if you want a hotter fire open.