Jotul Firelight 12 Newbie

leopinetree Posted By leopinetree, Aug 7, 2018 at 11:03 AM

  1. leopinetree

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    Hello everyone,

    New to the forum here. I will debut with many questions about my wood stove.

    We moved into this house 3 years ago, the wood stove sat in th basement unused since we had no idea if it was safe to use. I finally had the flue inspected and it looks squeaky clean, the tech said the stove looks good and other than needing a new damper gasket it should be safe to fire up.

    I am attaching some pictures of the interior of the stove. My questions:

    1. Do you guys think everything looks in order? I am specially concerned with the cat combustor.

    2.I read plenty on the wood x ecobrick dilema and wondered what would be easier for someone with zero experience heating with wood.

    3. The manual doesn’t mention the size of the gasket for the damper. Anyone would happen to know if 1/4 is the one?

    The stove seats in a basement, we plan on using as a supplement to our obscenely expensive electric heat. I plan on cuting vents of the floor for cold air return and hopefully enough heat will make it up the basement stairs.

    Thanks!

    Leo
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  2. begreen

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    The cat is partially plugged and needs to be gently cleaned. Try brushing with a soft brush and vacuuming.
     
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  3. Ashful

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    Or a soft pipe cleaner.

    Marking for later discussion. I owned three Jotul Firelights, until just a few years ago. Yours is in the later years of F12 production, as evidenced by the doghouse door.
     
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  4. leopinetree

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    Thanks guys. I am going to clean the cat mechanically as suggested.
     
  5. leopinetree

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    Thanks, Ashful. I don’t know much about these stoves so I might bug you in the near future.
     
  6. Ashful

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    Hey, got in late tonight. I was hoping to look up the combustor that some members have switched to in recent years, but I'll have to get to that another evening. These are decent stoves, but they tend to eat most of the replacement combustors. If you have an original combustor, and its still in good shape, you'll be good with that for now. But, combustors are replacement items, you'll need a new one someday.

    You're going to want good dry wood to run that thing, downdraft combustor stoves like the Firelight aren't the easiest to get into active reburn, but they work wonderfully once you're there. Dry wood is key.

    Some have had back-puffing troubles trying to run these very low and slow on shorter chimneys. I had that trouble with one of mine, the one on the shortest chimney. The one on the taller chimney never had an issue.
     
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