Leaky Woodstock Fireview

MJFlores

Burning Hunk
Dec 22, 2013
185
NH
Hi all,

I have a 19 year old Woodstock Fireview stove that I absolutely love. However, Ive ceased burning this year because it's developed some strong leaks where smoke pours out of some of the seams. I have a strong draft in my chimney, but still get smoke leaking into the air. Ive just repainted my ceilings because of it! So, what do I do to resolve the issue? Should the stove be taken apart and new gasket material fitted? Or perhaps I can use some sort of paste inside on the seams? Is this normal for a stove of this age or could this be a sign of a larger problem?
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
87,319
South Puget Sound, WA
It could be that the stove needs a rebuild with new gasketing throughout. With guidance, this is not as daunting as it sounds. A call into Woodstock's tech support would be a good first step. This thread will offer some clues to the process.
 
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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
24,000
central pa
Hi all,

I have a 19 year old Woodstock Fireview stove that I absolutely love. However, Ive ceased burning this year because it's developed some strong leaks where smoke pours out of some of the seams. I have a strong draft in my chimney, but still get smoke leaking into the air. Ive just repainted my ceilings because of it! So, what do I do to resolve the issue? Should the stove be taken apart and new gasket material fitted? Or perhaps I can use some sort of paste inside on the seams? Is this normal for a stove of this age or could this be a sign of a larger problem?
Like begreen said it is very possible it needs rebuilt. But if smoke is leaking out of the stove the draft is not as strong as you think. Air should be sucked in any leaks that are there if the draft is right.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
18,773
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
One thing we’ve learned in the past few years with the introduction of ever more efficient stoves is that acceptable draft strength at high burn in the flue does not mean that all parts of the firebox are under negative pressure. Turbulence, eddies, like an airplane wing there can be little pockets of positive pressure despite a negative pressure on average.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
87,319
South Puget Sound, WA
If I recall correctly, Backwoods Savage had a Fireview on a short chimney and said the stove operated well in shoulder season, but he was known to stretch the truth occasionally too. I was thinking the smoke smell might be a gasket leak, but for sure the flue system should be checked for blockage, including the cap.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
18,773
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
If I recall correctly, Backwoods Savage had a Fireview on a short chimney and said the stove operated well in shoulder season, but he was known to stretch the truth occasionally too. I was thinking the smoke smell might be a gasket leak, but for sure the flue system should be checked for blockage, including the cap.
There really aren’t that many members, or people really, with fireviews and many things can create a smoke smell or leak. More important is that some people are ultra sensitive to smells and some surprisingly tolerant. So rather than think this is a fireview specific issue, it’s probably best to just consider this a high efficiency stove in the shoulder season issue.

The OP has visible smoke pouring out! That’s a pretty bad failure of what is supposed to be a relatively air tight firebox plus a simultaneous lack of draft.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
87,319
South Puget Sound, WA
At this end of season point, the flue system need a thorough cleaning from cap to stove. If the build up high high then that is likely the major factor. If not, the time to inspect the stove in greater detail starting either the cat for obstruction.
 

brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
6,190
NE Ohio
If I recall correctly, Backwoods Savage had a Fireview on a short chimney and said the stove operated well in shoulder season, but he was known to stretch the truth occasionally too.
Well that's nice, make comments like that about somebody that is no longer here to defend themselves...I know Dennis personally and find him to be a very truthful and honest person...bluntly honest sometimes.
I'll see him tomorrow, I can say hi for you...
 
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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
87,319
South Puget Sound, WA
Yeah you're right, Dennis is a storyteller, but I hope he is doing well.