Garrison 2 Model help

Jdhickma Posted By Jdhickma, Sep 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Jdhickma

    New Member 2.

    Sep 8, 2013
    Im renting a house with a well maintained Garrison 2. I grew up with a wood stove with a sliding air vent on the door and a damper on the flu pipe. This set up does not have a damper on the flu pipe. As far as i can yell, its straight up the flu and out the chimney. I can't seem to keep a fire going when I secure or push closed the doors. Im relying on the stove to keep my fuel heat bills down. Àny advice is well appreciated.
  2. begreen

    Mooderator 2.
    Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Can we assume that the chimney was well cleaned recently? That is step one. Did you buy wood this year? Have you tested the wood for moisture content? If it is poorly seasoned it is not going to burn well, even with the air control wide open. Take a few of your wood pieces and split them in half. Test the freshly exposed face with a moisture meter or press it up against your cheek. If it feels cool and damp it probably is not ready to burn. Dry firewood is key to good burning. Some wood like oak takes at least 2 years to dry out after it is split and stacked.
  3. Defiant

    Vermont Castings Geek 2.

    Dec 5, 2007
    Old Lyme CT
    bg X 2, the air controls for this stove are in the upper back corners, they are screw type, open up by twisting knob so it moves out, There should also be a baffle plate inside the unit so you don't lose all the heat up the flue. Not the most efficient unit (non EPA of course) but a decent little heater.
  4. Oldhippie

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Dec 18, 2011
    Open the two rear vents wide open and leave the front door cracked just a tad to start the kindling. The stove may not draft very well, from complete cold on warm days and/or with a short chimney, but it should be fine as it gets colder. Outside temp and chimney height make a big difference in flue draft.

    Having said that, most important thing is a clean chimney. When it's cold, you will be able to turn the two screw down vents down to about 1/8 of an inch to closed as well as closing the front door for a nice steady state burn.
    begreen likes this.
  5. webbie

    Seasoned Moderator 2.

    Nov 17, 2005
    Western Mass.
    Sounds like a draft and or wood problem. Read the chimney articles at the info section (forum top menu links), etc.

    If the stove goes out when the doors are closed, that's a classic pointer to weak (incorrectly installed or used) chimney.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page