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K-Mac

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Aug 8, 2019
56
Decatur, IN
first of 3 break in fires is underway! friday night into saturday we are suppose to go from mid 70s to high 30s and i will be ready!
 

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
90,666
South Puget Sound, WA
Sweet. This is a steel stove. One small fire is fine for drying out the firebrick. Next fire should take the stovetop up to 500-600F to bake in the paint. Open some windows beforehand and maybe put a fan in one to exhaust the fumes.
 
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K-Mac

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Aug 8, 2019
56
Decatur, IN
book said about 300 for first and two more around 350-450. last night i could smell some fumes but not too bad. actually struggled to get it to 300 because i was too concerned id build too big a fire and overshoot the number that i built too small a fire and had to keep adding more kindling. didnt make the same mistake today and used my gut. fire is dying out now but took it to about 450-475.....will do another one tonight or tomorrow morning and shoot for a nudge higher. didnt really start off-gassing the paint until i got well over 400. nice stove.....feel like i learned a lot about it with this second burn. its definitely a tighter construction than my beat up hearthstone! found that that if i dont fully lock the door (maybe just enough that a dollar bill could be pulled out....itll get everything burning easier than if i fully lock down the door. once everything is burning nicely i was able to fully lock the door and it kept going with only a slight reduction in flame. hoping that colder temps will make the start-up easier. seemed to draft well with new liner.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
It's normal to need to have the door slightly ajar on startup. Draft will increase as outside temps decrease.
 
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Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,717
Philadelphia
It’ll make more curing paint smell each time you hit a new high record temperature, but it will become less and less with time.
 
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K-Mac

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Aug 8, 2019
56
Decatur, IN
good to know on both points. old stove had a bad secondary air tube so the door NEVER needed to be slightly open hahahaha. kept the main air supply only about 40% open at start up because of it!