Green mountain 40 first break in observations

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momatt

Member
Nov 20, 2017
10
Missouri
This morning was In 50s and felt like fall here in sw missouri. Wife and I built a home last year. I had a large hearthstone installed in the basement and upstairs we installed the little green mountain in an alcove. I mentioned that the first breakin burn will make a mess smell up the house etc and that I hoped our stove would draft well as I was worried about it from some things I had read. She said well why not do it now and open the windows. I thought it was too warm but then decided well maybe the little stove.

I ripped up a pizza box then put in six pieces of cedar 2 by 6 split into 2 by 2 that measured 10 percent moisture. By this time it’s in the high 60s outside. Light right up with door closed. Air control works wonderfully, pushed in it nearly goes out within 20 seconds. Pulled back out it burns bright takes a min to light all the smoke. No smoke came in house. Quickly got into the mid warm range had to back off air to keep it cool for the initial burn. After hour or so I opened the door to put another 2 by 2 in split in. No issues with smoke coming in. I’m relieved I think it’s going to be great little stove. Little bit of water is running off the front legs that’s expected from the soapstone first burn.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,228
Long Island NY
Pics or it didn't happen :)

(Nah, I just like to see a pretty new stove with a fire in it. Mine is still in hibernation...)
 

momatt

Member
Nov 20, 2017
10
Missouri
Good point.

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neverstop

Burning Hunk
Oct 11, 2020
213
new hampshire
This morning was In 50s and felt like fall here in sw missouri. Wife and I built a home last year. I had a large hearthstone installed in the basement and upstairs we installed the little green mountain in an alcove. I mentioned that the first breakin burn will make a mess smell up the house etc and that I hoped our stove would draft well as I was worried about it from some things I had read. She said well why not do it now and open the windows. I thought it was too warm but then decided well maybe the little stove.

I ripped up a pizza box then put in six pieces of cedar 2 by 6 split into 2 by 2 that measured 10 percent moisture. By this time it’s in the high 60s outside. Light right up with door closed. Air control works wonderfully, pushed in it nearly goes out within 20 seconds. Pulled back out it burns bright takes a min to light all the smoke. No smoke came in house. Quickly got into the mid warm range had to back off air to keep it cool for the initial burn. After hour or so I opened the door to put another 2 by 2 in split in. No issues with smoke coming in. I’m relieved I think it’s going to be great little stove. Little bit of water is running off the front legs that’s expected from the soapstone first burn.
nice, what's your chimney setup?
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,228
Long Island NY
Nice place indeed. I like the windows. And the stove. And the fire. All 👍
 
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momatt

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Nov 20, 2017
10
Missouri
20 is probably a good guess. The truss is 12/12 pitch and it’s 18 feet wide and the plate height upstairs is 10 foot. As soon as I ordered my stove last year I started reading about trouble folks were having. Very relieved to see it seems like it’s going to draft well. Come on cold weather !
 
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,228
Long Island NY
Draft will increase when it gets colder. You'll need to change (a little) the air settings. It's a learning curve, and you'll learn to pay attention to the weather. Glad to hear it's going well now.
 
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
96,342
South Puget Sound, WA
Thanks for the initial report. Sounds like an ideal setup. Keep us posted on how the stove operates and how it works out during the winter.

What stove was installed in the basement?
 
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momatt

Member
Nov 20, 2017
10
Missouri
Downstairs we put in a Hearthstone Heritage I think, its not the biggest model the second biggest I think. We actually put in a heatilator constitution in our great room too. With three wood burners we could really put out some heat if we had all three going. Our driveway is almost two miles long and I wanted to be able to heat it toasty even if the propane guy couldn't get there. I have a feeling with our mild winters the little green mountain will be used the most. I work from home in the basement so that stove will go on when I get chilly. We spray foamed the house and used 2 by 6 framing on the exterior although they only sprayed it like it was a 2by4. Anyway I think its a tight house and pretty well insultated.
 

tabner

Feeling the Heat
Jan 17, 2019
299
Eastern CT
I'm jealous, sounds like a great setup. 2 mile driveway sounds sweet!
 
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kborndale

Feeling the Heat
Oct 9, 2008
466
LI
Downstairs we put in a Hearthstone Heritage I think, its not the biggest model the second biggest I think. We actually put in a heatilator constitution in our great room too. With three wood burners we could really put out some heat if we had all three going. Our driveway is almost two miles long and I wanted to be able to heat it toasty even if the propane guy couldn't get there. I have a feeling with our mild winters the little green mountain will be used the most. I work from home in the basement so that stove will go on when I get chilly. We spray foamed the house and used 2 by 6 framing on the exterior although they only sprayed it like it was a 2by4. Anyway I think its a tight house and pretty well insultated.

Curious, why would you spend the extra for 2x6 framing but then just insulate it like it was 2x4?
 

momatt

Member
Nov 20, 2017
10
Missouri
I wanted the 2by six for strength and insulation. I lived an hour and a half away when it was done and didn’t catch it. Costs were out of control it was hard to get contractors to show up let alone come back and it was holding up drywall. Building on the back bluff of a 500 acre very rural rugged parcel was challenging. I lived in the in-laws basement for 18 months lol so it’s good to finally be home.