Curing paint outside (BK Ashford 30)

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ralph_deadmoon

New Member
Nov 18, 2021
14
Minnesota
Hey, folks. Well, thanks in part to some feedback we got here, my gf and I purchased a Blaze King Ashford 30 yesterday. We've yet to uncrate it and will actually probably store it in the barn for the time being. Meanwhile, does anyone have any experience w/ having their initial burn (namely to cure the paint) with their BK outside rather than installed? The salesman who helped us out (pretty great guy) told me that we wouldn't get the stove up to temp if we tried to do it outside. We're in Northern Minnesota where current daytime temps have recently ranged betw single digits above to somewhere in the 20s or 30s. Just wondering if an outside burn might be okay if we thought we could guarantee a calm day with temps somewhere in the upper 20s or even somewhere in the 30s. Further, this being our first cat stove, just wondering if folks have any insights on how to achieve a decent initial burn for curing paint. Sounded like we should just fire the stove until it's somewhere in the mid-range as far as temps on our stove thermometer and then set the thermostat on auto and steer clear for at least 6 hours. Would we be able to achieve this outside and w/ no pipe? Thanks for your time.. love this site.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
19,789
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Hey, folks. Well, thanks in part to some feedback we got here, my gf and I purchased a Blaze King Ashford 30 yesterday. We've yet to uncrate it and will actually probably store it in the barn for the time being. Meanwhile, does anyone have any experience w/ having their initial burn (namely to cure the paint) with their BK outside rather than installed? The salesman who helped us out (pretty great guy) told me that we wouldn't get the stove up to temp if we tried to do it outside. We're in Northern Minnesota where current daytime temps have recently ranged betw single digits above to somewhere in the 20s or 30s. Just wondering if an outside burn might be okay if we thought we could guarantee a calm day with temps somewhere in the upper 20s or even somewhere in the 30s. Further, this being our first cat stove, just wondering if folks have any insights on how to achieve a decent initial burn for curing paint. Sounded like we should just fire the stove until it's somewhere in the mid-range as far as temps on our stove thermometer and then set the thermostat on auto and steer clear for at least 6 hours. Would we be able to achieve this outside and w/ no pipe? Thanks for your time.. love this site.

The need to do this is overstated. Just install and burn off any fumes inside, open a window for a little while if you're sensitive.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
93,884
South Puget Sound, WA
It will be hard to get the stove hot enough outdoor because of very weak draft on a short flue pipe when the there is no temperature differential between the intake air and ambient temp.
Indoors will be a different situation, so warm up the room ahead of time, then as the fire gets the stove temp over 400º, open up a nearby window and put a fan in it to exhaust the worst of the fumes.
 

spudman99

Feeling the Heat
Jan 26, 2018
378
Yardley, PA
It can be done, see my avatar to the left. I took a piece of 6" pipe and attached it to the connector. It was about 6' in length. That allowed me to get sufficient draft to load some small 2x4's as suggested by the manual. When cooled off, next day added more to increase temps. Worked just fine.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
93,884
South Puget Sound, WA
Yes, I have done it a couple times, but in warmer temps. The peak stove temp I got was around 400º. Each stove still needed further baking once brought indoors. Then, with 50º outdoor temps I was able to take the STT up to 650. The real stink began at around 450º and up.
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
2,355
Colorado
I got a brand new stove and was worried about as well but I opened up all the windows and used the wood stove as normal and after a few burns the slight smell went away...Enjoy your new stove..and welcome to the forum...clancey
 

ratsrepus

Minister of Fire
Jan 5, 2018
701
Howell, Mi
Hey, folks. Well, thanks in part to some feedback we got here, my gf and I purchased a Blaze King Ashford 30 yesterday. We've yet to uncrate it and will actually probably store it in the barn for the time being. Meanwhile, does anyone have any experience w/ having their initial burn (namely to cure the paint) with their BK outside rather than installed? The salesman who helped us out (pretty great guy) told me that we wouldn't get the stove up to temp if we tried to do it outside. We're in Northern Minnesota where current daytime temps have recently ranged betw single digits above to somewhere in the 20s or 30s. Just wondering if an outside burn might be okay if we thought we could guarantee a calm day with temps somewhere in the upper 20s or even somewhere in the 30s. Further, this being our first cat stove, just wondering if folks have any insights on how to achieve a decent initial burn for curing paint. Sounded like we should just fire the stove until it's somewhere in the mid-range as far as temps on our stove thermometer and then set the thermostat on auto and steer clear for at least 6 hours. Would we be able to achieve this outside and w/ no pipe? Thanks for your time.. love this site.
I got virtually no smoke or odor off my ashford when it was new. Fire that baby up,!!!
 

Humberwho

New Member
Feb 25, 2021
10
Oregon
As a dealer preburn was a service we offered our new stove customers. If you at least get that initial burn done outside the home that takes care of about 90% of the stench.
 
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bigealta

Minister of Fire
May 22, 2010
810
Utah, NJ
I've done it to cure single wall pipe 6 ft of replacement pipe. Did it in the spring when warm out and worked well to get it mostly cured. I had a stove outside to use. I don't like those fumes inside but really can't totally avoid it. open windows, a fan in the window drawing a cross ventilation is the way to go.