Effecta Woodboiler

JohnDolz

Feeling the Heat
Dec 29, 2015
497
Burlington, CT
The Effecta leaves little room for operator error. The only setting (from a burn perspective) that one can change is the target CO2 %.

Craig - what do you have as your target %?
 

JohnDolz

Feeling the Heat
Dec 29, 2015
497
Burlington, CT
My installer set it, but 13. 2 if I remember correctly. I have never touched it.
That is what is recommended (lower for super dry wood, a little higher for not so dry wood - mine usually sits at 13%). Wish I could be of more help but that is all the knowledge I have. I was chatting with someone and based on the description of the "petrified ash" he was wondering if maybe your primary is stuck wide open creating a blow torch effect. Lots of very knowledgeable folks on this blog, if you can provide them additional info, I imagine they can help you figure it out - based on my experience I would say that kind of wear is not normal for the Effecta so something unusual is causing it. Good luck.
 

maple1

Minister of Fire
Sep 15, 2011
10,008
Nova Scotia
I likely won't be able to offer any more. I have no experience with the Effecta and can only speak generally. I was kind of thinking of the effect of something like, if fresh damp wood was reloaded relatively often, onto a fire that was just getting going good after the moisture from the previous/current load got driven out - that might make for conditions that would have moisture in the exhaust stream almost constantly, which might be hard on refractories over time.

Mine (not an Effecta) still has the originals after 7 full seasons of burning. It is natural draft though & has no fans, so wouldn't maybe be subject to a forced draft or blowtorch effect that this one might have if something got out of kilter.

Good luck!
 
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Craig Potvin

New Member
Feb 20, 2019
11
Garden Michigan
I likely won't be able to offer any more. I have no experience with the Effecta and can only speak generally. I was kind of thinking of the effect of something like, if fresh damp wood was reloaded relatively often, onto a fire that was just getting going good after the moisture from the previous/current load got driven out - that might make for conditions that would have moisture in the exhaust stream almost constantly, which might be hard on refractories over time.

Mine (not an Effecta) still has the originals after 7 full seasons of burning. It is natural draft though & has no fans, so wouldn't maybe be subject to a forced draft or blowtorch effect that this one might have if something got out of kilter.

Good luck!
Thank you