maintaining insert temp ?

KrisP

New Member
Aug 9, 2019
34
Pennsylvania
i have a century 2900, when i fill it and get the temps 5-600 f it stays there for maybe an hour or 2 at most, can/should i keep feeding it to maintain the temp or should i let it burn down and drop the temps or just keep feeding it? i just feel like im really burning through a lot of wood to maintain the temps
 

Ctwoodtick

Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
1,124
Southeast CT
my experience with my non cat insert is that the off gassing phase sees the highest temps (maybe last 2.5 hours). And then begins the gradual drop in temp. Best advice is for the wood load to burn to coals ( stovetop at about 250-300) before reloading).
 

Dix

Minister of Fire
May 27, 2008
6,231
Long Island, NY
Yep you need to let that puppy cycle ;)
 
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Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
633
Palmyra, WI
It would depend on how much heat you need. Let it cycle down, and let the house temp dictate when to reload. Mild temps, maybe just let it go out. Very cold temps, keep on keeping the stove top higher.
 
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Dix

Minister of Fire
May 27, 2008
6,231
Long Island, NY
How seasoned is your firewood? Wetter firewood is going to cause more coaling in the box, which, eventually, you would have to burn down before you can reload.