You may get water on the first load or two every year...the firebrick seems to absorb moisture over the summer...the first load or two don't always burn the best either...
I’m currently losing temp and the thing is slowly dying down. Flu probe is down to 225. Stove top is down to 300. I have not used the catalyst (because that really puts it out), I have a window nearby cracked to let air in the house. Not sure what I’m missing. At this point in the fire load, moisture shouldn’t be an issue? These two photos are taken at the same point, but ones with a flash and one isn’t, so they look quite different.
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It's a rule of thumb but not a law of physics. It wouldn't surprise me if it was off from that by 100 degrees or more depending on the situation.
That's why people have flue probes instead of just shooting the external temp of their double wall. Don't ditch the flue probe unless another flue probe is giving you wildly different readings.
I’m still debating buying and trying another flue probe - can anyone weigh in on whether this seems like accurate/correct numbers?-still thinking my flue probe is not accurate. I had the Cat cruising right in the middle of its zone. the STT per infrared laser peaked at 675 and then settled in around 550. but my flue gases were supposedly never above 450, and most of the time that gauge hovers right at 400 or even lower. Does this seem right/possible? (flue probe through the double wall exactly 20" above the stove)
I experienced the water drip for probably the first 6 fires or so. Getting less each time. I’ve had ithe stove running 24/7 for the last week and no more water drip during that time. Glad to hear the stove is working well for you other than that.I have a Green Mountain 40 with similar problems. I got it late last spring, so this is my first season with it, and I don't use it all the time. I was surprised to get water pooling around the legs of the stove. It happened on the first break-in fires I did in the spring, and the first ones I did in the fall too. Then this past weekend after not using it for 3 weeks, I was surprised to see the same thing happen again. (And quite a bit more water than shown in the photos for this post.) I came here looking for advice and found it interesting that there's another post about this issue with the same stove! In my case, once it gets up to temperature, it seems to be okay.
Also I should add that my GM 40 has worked great overall, and I've never experienced the problems with lighting or draft that some others have reported. I use top-down burns that start quickly and easily. I always make sure I can get enough hot air to start a good draft, and then I'm able to shut the door within a minute of lighting the fire.
Sooty water pooling around the feet is the only strange issue I'm experiencing. I'm in a relatively humid environment, so I have to be very careful about the wood humidity.