Ageed.By closing down the air intake there is almost no airflow when it's just cruising.
yep!It shouldn't really have to 'catch' though, on a reload. As long as there are some coals there, it should start smoldering immediately, and the smoke/gasses that the smoldering makes should get burned off in secondary combustion. Unless it has gone pretty cold, in which case yes it might take longer to get everything established. But certainly not 'forever'. Or at least that's how a properly designed unit should burn. The primary fire will slowly build up some, while the secondary burns away.
And that's 4.5 - 9.5 minutes after closing the firebox door and going back upstairs, right?!yep!
hell, I've been noticing secondary combustion already within 5-10 minutes of lighting a fire with a luke warm firebox. Having DRY wood and a properly designed furnace is nice!
Frankly MrPB I am amazed that you are still working with this unit. I would have given up a long time ago.Just because you didn't happen to jump through hoop A on the way to hoop B while crossing road C before meeting road D doesn't mean you did anything wrong. Any wood furnace which makes it to market should not have a very specific set of prerequisites one must meet in order for it not to become a health/safety hazard. Quit putting the blame on yourself and direct it where it should be going........to the manufacturer.
I guess the old adage of, "you can lead a horse to water but can't force him to drink" comes to mind about right now.This thread had become an eyesore long ago.
Just get the Kuuma and be done with it. See the linked thread. Even if you can't get the voucher, just do it! Then take what ever you can squeeze from the old stove manufacturer. Imagine the stress reduction and regained time for other daily considerations. Material things can be replaced but time and humans cannot.
A snapshot from the American Lung Association website:
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I have to agree. While not perfect I have began to dial this thing in and have tried to offer advice. I am starting to be happy with it, getting 10-12 hour burn times in 30 degree weather. I attribute the issues I have had as I have never had a EPA stove and it burns different.
Are they? At this point I personally think they are just yankin his chain waiting for spring to come, then this fall it is almost a year later, and its just sorry about your luck then...SOL.I will not bash someone trying to help me.
They are willing to spend their money to install a cold air return. That's more help than most companies would ever give.Are they? At this point I personally think they are just yankin his chain waiting for spring to come, then this fall it is almost a year later, and its just sorry about your luck then...SOL.
I've personally dealt with 3 different wood furnace manufactures dealing with problems...2 of them went above and beyond to help me, and the 3rd was adequately helpful...waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than what it sounds like he's getting here.