I've been using my PE Super LE for a couple of seasons now with no issues. I'm a pretty seasoned burner. I've used the Blaze Kind Princess and Vermont Castings in the past (both cat stoves), so I'm relatively new to non-cat. I had a few questions that I can't quite find answers to.
- How important is the insulation to the side of the baffle? What exactly does it do?
- I can never quite get those long burn times everyone keeps raving about. The longest I have gotten was 5 hours and that was some solid dry oak. As soon as I turn the air control too low, I get smoke up the chimney (I have a camera pointing outside, so I can monitor it and my yard from the first floor). And yes, this is after the wood is fully engulfed and the fire is going strong. I don't want to smoke the neighborhood out, so I've generally not gone below 1/3 on the air control.
- Does anyone else have a really hard time putting the baffle back? Every time after I clean my chimney it takes me an unreasonable amount of time to line the baffle up with the secondary air tube. There's no warping anywhere, just some rust on the baffle and rails.
- More of a general question, not PE related, but if I run the stove fan for long enough where the stove top becomes cold (say 100-150F), but the wood is still burning a little can that cause problems?