Missing pieces and leaving this wood stove burning at work.

CodyR4

New Member
Jan 17, 2018
31
North Carolina
hi I’m 23 I just recently got my first house, my heating unit just cannot keep up when it gets below 30, yeah you heard me right 30. My father has used wood stoves as long as I can remember, actual stoves you cook and bake stuff with and regular ones with chimneys, he’s got like 10 of them it’s ridiculous, anyway, he gave me one and we hooked it up, I bought a load of wood and got it running and I was looking down the side of it between this shell that covers it and the side was red hot, like melting metal, I ran my poker across it and it was fine, still solid, after it burned out I began inspecting it and it’s missing these stone blocks, I reached in there and actually knocked one of the stones in the ash pan by accident. I work second and my girlfriend works first, I hate that she has to come home to it being cold in here so my question is do you think it’s safe for it to run if I just close the ashpan door and the airflow knob for like an hour or two, even if those stones are missing? My dad always did it but I guess I’m just paranoid cause it’s my first house and cause those stones. Ill attach pictures, the wood stove is called a Suburban. In one of the pictures I am using my metal poker and pointing directly at one of the stones. Are they replaceable?
 

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begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,216
South Puget Sound, WA
The firebrick is replaceable and the stove shouldn't be run without them. They can be picked up at most big hardware stores. Just measure first. A standard firebrick is 4.5" x 9" x 1.25". The cheapest place is frequently a masonry supply or some lumber yards.
 

CodyR4

New Member
Jan 17, 2018
31
North Carolina
The firebrick is replaceable and the stove shouldn't be run without them. They can be picked up at most big hardware stores. Just measure first. A standard firebrick is 4.5" x 9" x 1.25". The cheapest place is frequently a masonry supply or some lumber yards.
Thanks, any idea how much they usually run for? Price wise?
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,216
South Puget Sound, WA
Depends. $2.00-$3.00 each at the cheapest. And up to $6 in some places. Call around.
 

Tar12

Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2016
1,608
Indiana
That door gasket looks pretty ratty....I would replace it as well..
 

blacktail

Minister of Fire
Sep 18, 2011
1,416
Western WA
You might want to move all the flammable stuff away from it. What kind of floor is in that room?
 

CodyR4

New Member
Jan 17, 2018
31
North Carolina
You might want to move all the flammable stuff away from it. What kind of floor is in that room?
I have moved those trash bags since then, my gf cleaned out her car and just sat them there this morning. I usually keep it pretty clear of stuff. It is carpet but I have a very large sheet of metal underneath the wood stove.
 

Tar12

Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2016
1,608
Indiana
I will look into that as well thanks, I really only know how to operate it, I don’t know the bits and pieces of it very well.
You don't want air leaking around that door and cause it to over fire...be safe and keep warm.
 
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Tar12

Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2016
1,608
Indiana
Cody..one other thing..I noticed you have that stove piped through the window...what type of pipe is it connected to on the other side of that window?
 

CodyR4

New Member
Jan 17, 2018
31
North Carolina
Cody..one other thing..I noticed you have that stove piped through the window...what type of pipe is it connected to on the other side of that window?
My dad told me to get the black pipe but the only had the elbows in black so it’s all stainless steel I believe.
 

Tar12

Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2016
1,608
Indiana
My dad told me to get the black pipe but the only had the elbows in black so it’s all stainless steel I believe.
So single wall was used all the way to your cap? Is there a clean out T? If its single wall all the way you have a creosote monster there that will be need to be cleaned often.
 

Seasoned Oak

Minister of Fire
Oct 17, 2008
7,081
Eastern Central PA
Is that venting system safe? even legal ?
 

Tar12

Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2016
1,608
Indiana
I’m sorry, a clean out T?
Where does the pipe go that comes off of your stove? Does it go straight out and take a 90 into more pipe and then straight up? If it does you need a clean out T in place of the 90 so you can clean it properly.
 

Marshy

Minister of Fire
Dec 29, 2016
819
NY
@CodyR4, can you post us a picture of the pipe on the outside of the home? Thanks.

The single wall black stove pipe has a minimum clearance to combustibles of 18". If you are running the stove hot enough to get the sides to glow then you are in jeopardy of catching the window sill on fire. Honestly, your chimney is not safe or legal by code.
 

showrguy

Feeling the Heat
Aug 2, 2015
468
Marysville, Pa.
@CodyR4, can you post us a picture of the pipe on the outside of the home? Thanks.

The single wall black stove pipe has a minimum clearance to combustibles of 18". If you are running the stove hot enough to get the sides to glow then you are in jeopardy of catching the window sill on fire. Honestly, your chimney is not safe or legal by code.
He's right Cody,
You can see the bottom of the upper sash vinyl window is already sagging from the heat..
We don't wanna see you burn your house down, if you keep operating that thing with those conditions, that could very well happen !!
 
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Tar12

Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2016
1,608
Indiana
He's right Cody,
You can see the bottom of the upper sash vinyl window is already sagging from the heat..
We don't wanna see you burn your house down, if you keep operating that thing with those conditions, that could very well happen !!
Good catch! Nobody is trying to bust your chops Cody..but your set up is very dangerous the way it is....you and your girlfriends life is worth correcting this situation...
 

CodyR4

New Member
Jan 17, 2018
31
North Carolina
He's right Cody,
You can see the bottom of the upper sash vinyl window is already sagging from the heat..
We don't wanna see you burn your house down, if you keep operating that thing with those conditions, that could very well happen !!
Well at the time it was either that or freeze so. Guess I’ll have to get it looked at.