It's not really that I myself find it personally offensive or something like that - it's just that it's the kind of thing that gets threads shut down on here. And this one has been one of the more epic ones on here - that I would hope would yet see some sort of resolution for the OP and maybe other users.I fixed it. Sorry guys, I guess I have a very different sense of humor.
100% correct the primary is over supplied in this furnace. It is impossible for it to burn from the top down as wood stoves should. It burns frontbto back. If you turn the blower on and open the slide 95% of the air blows right at the spots the glow red. I tend to load the right side to the top and keep the left side down a split or two to keep that from happening.Could it be that drier wood off gasses moreso too much in the primary for the secondary to handle? It sure looked like the secondary was under supplied with air at various points in this thread. That imbalance coming from design shortfall.
(Or the primary is over supplied)
Also, IIRC, your wood shed has 3 closed sides, which is great to store dry wood but not great for drying wet wood. So I wouldn't assume it's dry due to elapsed time.I was burning wood that had been in my wood shed for 2 ½ years, if that was not seasoned, I am not sure what is seasoned.
Kuuma works exactly this way...Caddy, Tundra, Max Caddy, HeatPro all burn front to back too...although they have a little more top down action mixed in with that than the Kuumas do...It is impossible for it to burn from the top down as wood stoves should.
Bingo!!Also, IIRC, your wood shed has 3 closed sides, which is great to store dry wood but not great for drying wet wood. So I wouldn't assume it's dry due to elapsed time.
Hi laynes, off topic here but what the heck- I put my gourd rack up today and was reminded of a post I came across a few years ago as I was researching wood furnaces. I did a search for purple martins today and found a post from you a few years back. Have you had any luck getting birds at your site? I had a small colony of 12 nesting pairs here until a May snow storm 14- 15 years ago wiped them out. I can attract some in here every year but have not been able to get a pair to stay and nest. If you are still trying with no success I may be able to give you a few tips to entice them to your site. Whether or not they stay who knows but worth a try. Let me know.Not to mention when you are burning "hot enough", the outer portion around the door will glow. That enough would make it a no for me! Every system has variables, but that furnace makes things much harder and less desirable.
The inducer blower was not running. Also, the stove is a very basic stove, zero controls or sensors.P.s That glowing red is BAD. Was the combustion air fan on? Could the combustion fan air sensor just be off?
What turns the combustion air on? T-stat? 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hours before take off again sounds like wet wood. Takes that much time to boil the water off.The inducer blower was not running. Also, the stove is a very basic stove, zero controls or sensors.
When this stove does take off, it heats the house quick. I find it takes anywhere from 1 ½ to 2 ¼ hours after reloading for the stove to take off. Once it does, the temperature spikes for about 15 mins, then rolls back to 550 - 650 for several hours.
Yes.Perhaps the wood can still have a high moisture content and not see the moisture boil at the split ends?
The lack of separate secondary air allows too much primary fire, and not enough oxygen left for the secondary burn to occur.IMO the lack of primary air, restricted by the slider, allows for smoke to build up to much and chokes the fire.
Yep.Yes, splits with a high moisture content will amplify the choking affect
All have primary, most have no adjustment on the secondary air...wide open all the time. The are a scant few that adjust the primary and secondary together with a linkage arrangement (separate air passages, common adjustment lever) but these are wood stoves, not furnaces.If you look at all the other EPA stoves on the market, I believe (please correct me if I am incorrect) they all have some sort of primary or secondary air adjustment
I AM! At least until they separate the primary and secondary air passages, this model will be a thorn in their sides, and is not safe to sell.I am no way suggesting this stove is junk
And you should! You have bent over backwards for these people! You should be DEMANDING a refund! I have only had to threaten a company with a lawyer once, but it worked (rental car agency tried to rip me off) I would have lost money getting a lawyer most likely, but that wasn't the point...the point was you overcharged me and you will NOT get away with it! Didn't matter if it was the court system, or social media, they were gonna regret pulling this lil stunt on me...fortunately they made things right before it escalated even more. But I still won't use them again!I have experienced to many issues and would like a refund or some form of compensation.