Harman Oakwood ... lots of ash in back (con't)

Jim Barry Posted By Jim Barry, Sep 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

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  1. Jim Barry

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  2. mellow

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    That is pretty plugged up, how long has it been since you cleaned it?

    Hopefully a mod can edit your title to read Harman Oakwood
     
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    Its never been cleaned. We were never told by the dealer and nothing is mentioned in the manual. Not even the WETT certified chimney cleaner we had cleaning the chimney new about it.
     
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    One of those fun things with a downdraft stove, so are you going to fix it or are you going to get a new stove?
     
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    mellow,
    Well, its all clean for this year and we have 16 cord blocked and split. We'll see how it does this season. If we still get trouble (hoping not), then out it will go.
     
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    Amazing. I don't think I've seen a stove so plugged. Even more amazing is that the sweep never noted this.
     
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    And 2 different sweeps at that. First one was the original installer. Then we hired another for a couple years. We'll do our own sweeping from now on.

    Started fire about 30 min ago. Damper open, draft open full. A couple things of note;
    there appears to be good draw considering there's no wind right now
    initially I could see flames being pulled into the secondary chamber
    in less than 3 min the flue thermometer said it was 450F
    about 2 min after that it reach 800F
    closed the damper
    flame remained active (it used to die out) and cooled back to 400F in about 3 minutes, draft still wide open

    Its now about 3 minutes later and the flue therm says 350F. Now would you folks consider 350F too cold?
     

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    350F is acceptable if it holds at that.
     
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    Added 3 pieces of hardwood after posting, flue temp went to about 550F, damper closed, draft still wide open. No winds outside, just a steady rain at 15 C. Temp settled to 450F and I added a few more larger hardwood after 30 min. Temp slowly climbed to 650F adn I then started to close the draft. The stove is now cruizing around 550F.
     
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