Fire Chief FC1000 / Shelter SF1000 - blows biometric damper door off! Do not install a BD!

brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
4,405
NE Ohio
I can't get mine to run for more than 7 minutes with a very hot fire. It seems to push to much air and cool off very quickly
Try putting a higher MERV # filter in...
 
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Mrpelletburner

Minister of Fire
Jan 20, 2011
612
N.H.
Yes the rear blower is referred to as the “distribution blower” the front blower is the “draft blower”.

Sounds as if you are not getting the stove hot enough. This unit wants to be run really hard aka hot. I could get the front of my stove to glow red.
 
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brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
4,405
NE Ohio
This unit wants to be run really hard aka hot. I could get the front of my stove to glow red.
You shouldn't have to push any stove/furnace that hard. Ever.
Basically brand new and overfired already...and STILL can't keep the fan running...no, just no!
I am literally shocked that nobody has turned these guys in to the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission)
At least Menards has wised up and dropped them.
 

Gbawol42

Member
Dec 16, 2018
71
Northern Michigan
I think the distribution blower would run for at least two hours if not longer. The problem was when the stove went to idle mode. This was the first encounter with a wood furnace. All comes down to fuel... you need dry wood.

Now have the HeatMax II - 1 month in, jury is still out
So far I'm happy with the heatmax, however without this site and knowing about the "mods" to get it to run more optimally I don't believe the furnace would run correctly. Maybe if you had perfectly dry wood you would be ok. But I feel if you put one piece of not so dry wood in the furnace it just kills the secondary burn process and smolders the fire. The "mods" fix this and get it to heat up again and dry that wood out.
 

brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
4,405
NE Ohio
Now have the HeatMax II - 1 month in, jury is still out
Jury may be out still...but if I recall correctly, 1 month in on the new FC1000, things were already going poorly...sounds to me like the HM II is a big step in the right direction...