- Nov 16, 2022
I have experience with an older non epa stove (no air intake control and had a damper in the flue) but I’m having trouble with my new one. I bought it in 2020 from an Amish hardware store. I can’t find a brand name on it. It’s square with the glass front door, heats up to 1200sq ft. It has what I’m just discovering on this forum to be an air intake control that’s located at the bottom of it. My problem is I can’t control my fire in this thing. It’s like it has two settings,,, hot and hellfire! I’m exaggerating a little but seriously once it gets a good coal bed, it’s gonna burn whatever I put in there no matter if the air intake is open or closed. I can’t make it smolder. I wake up freezing in the early hours of the morning because my fire has burned to powdery ash and I’m going through my firewood pretty quickly. I can literally burn one to two small pieces and it feels comfortable but it burns them up so fast that I’m constantly feeding it. Can I just add a damper in the flue to fix the problem? It also smokes really bad but I think I need to add another 3ft piece of outside stovepipe to help with the draw. Can y’all please advise me? This is not my permanent residence, it’s my off grid place but I still need it to work. It’s gonna be really cold when I go back in January.