Blaze king Ashford 30.2 smoke smell problem

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moresnow

Minister of Fire
Jan 13, 2015
1,914
Iowa
@MTASH Nice description of procedure.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
19,524
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Holy smokes this tells me at least three things.

1) This is a good reason to use huge rope gaskets like the 3/4" or whatever BK uses.
2) It's very important to bed the gasket into wet RTV by putting the door on the stove and closing it to absorb some of this slop.
3) I'm not going to mention #3 but we're all thinking it.
 

Diabel

Minister of Fire
Jan 11, 2008
3,496
Ottawa, ON
Let me start:

#3 German engineering (not).
 

Blazzed

New Member
Oct 23, 2021
12
Silverton BC
I don’t think many get resolved but I do think they are usually the result of imperfect chimneys. We often can help get the smell reduced or the owner gives up. I am happy that I have a princess other than the looks. That ashford sure looks nice.
hi I've got a 19' chimney . straight up with a wind rain cap. are you saying certain models you have seen don't have this isssue?thanks
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
19,524
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
hi I've got a 19' chimney . straight up with a wind rain cap. are you saying certain models you have seen don't have this isssue?thanks

Your chimney sounds perfect. I would expect the ashford to perform well with that. The 30 box stoves are available as the sirrocco, ashford, and chinook. The huge majority of smoke smell complaints on this forum seem to be from the ashford variant.

The princess/king are a much older design and never had as much trouble with this issue. They also need a chimney that meets the manual specs but the usual issue we see on a substandard chimney is smoke rollout when you open the door.

People often come to this site to solve problems so we ware going to see an overweight sample of problematic stoves. That said, I wish this could be resolved by BK as the ashford stoves perform very well and look nice.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
91,301
South Puget Sound, WA
I wish this could be resolved by BK as the ashford stoves perform very well and look nice.
Agreed. I almost bought one when I saw a prototype in blue-black enamel at HPBA. Reminds me of the problems reported on the large Englander 15-SSW02 door. Thick gaskets are not a good way to cover for manufacturing and/or assembly error.
 

Blazzed

New Member
Oct 23, 2021
12
Silverton BC
Your chimney sounds perfect. I would expect the ashford to perform well with that. The 30 box stoves are available as the sirrocco, ashford, and chinook. The huge majority of smoke smell complaints on this forum seem to be from the ashford variant.

The princess/king are a much older design and never had as much trouble with this issue. They also need a chimney that meets the manual specs but the usual issue we see on a substandard chimney is smoke rollout when you open the door.

People often come to this site to solve problems so we ware going to see an overweight sample of problematic stoves. That said, I wish this could be resolved by BK as the ashford stoves perform very well and look nice.
hi thanks mines the sirocco 30.2. apparently BK told me same fire box. thanks for response
 

Dieselhead

Minister of Fire
Feb 21, 2011
710
NE
Did you check for vacuum leaks in your stove pipe with a stick of incense? If you are loosing draft there, there will be less negative pressure in your firebox and it can let stank escape instead of the draft taking care of it as it should.