Jotul Stove turning white

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New Member
Jan 25, 2023
New York
New to the forum and new to home ownership. Moved into our home and has a nice old Jotul box stove. Have been using it for a couple months and it is turning white/grey.

Is the stove overheating?

Thanks for the help

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
South Puget Sound, WA
The stove is being overfired which is turning the paint to ash. What temperature is the thermometer reading?

It could be the thermometer is defective if the temp reading is low. I would put the thermometer on top middle.

Are the baffle and burnplates still in the stove and in good working condition? If not, that is what is causing the overheating of the outer shell.
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Feeling the Heat
Aug 31, 2016
North Carolina
I’m guessing there is some green wood and a wide open air control to keep it going, then the wood dries and takes off.

How dry is the fire wood?
When was it cut and split?
What’s the moisture content with a meter?
How open does the air stay? Looks full open in the pic.
When the stove is cold, what does the thermometer read?
When the stove is hot, what does the thermometer read.
Get an IR thermometer too. Magnetic thermometers are inherently inaccurate.