Loading for overnight burn - coals on glass

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ThisStoveIsOnFire

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Sep 22, 2022
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NH
Wasn't really able to load my old stove that well but now that I have a new one I can pack it N/S to the gills for an overnight burn which is great, but...the coals from the ends of the logs tend to fall off and end up right up on the glass - I'm thinking I can just leave them be to burn down into ash, or is that not safe/good for the glass? Not talking a massive pileup, just a few chunks.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
102,606
South Puget Sound, WA
Let them burn down. Maybe go for 1 or 2" shorter splits next season?
 
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Corey

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2005
2,775
Midwest
The glass (transparent ceramic) will generally be fine from a heat point of view. Essentially zero thermal expansion, so no real stress from the heat or coals.

I know when I get wood close to the glass, sometimes it will leave a tar/soot smudge which needs some extra cleaning, or a good hot burn to remove. Seems like we had a post or two several years ago where someone claimed their wood did the same thing and left a smudge which left some permanent discoloration on the glass. So bottom line - I think the coals would be fine, but if it is actually outgassing wood which leaves tar/smoke marks you might want to keep an eye on it.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
It may be common in an E/W loader, but stove mfgs. warn against it.
 
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