Pinging noise while stove is running

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mfglickman

Minister of Fire
Jan 17, 2012
676
NW CT
I recorded this last night when everyone else was asleep. Click it to open the video - photobucket does not want to embed, ugh.

The stove "pings" when it's hot, kind of like the sound a car engine makes when you turn it off but the engine is still warm. This was at about 600 degrees, air about a quarter open and the cat engaged.

Just want to confirm that it's OK or address it before 24/7 burning begins, if it's a problem.

Thanks!

 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,079
Unity/Bangor, Maine
My wife calls it the "sound of heat" . . . perfectly normal . . . and generally a good thing as most often folks hear this as the stove metal is heating up . . . which is a desirable thing.
 

James02

Feeling the Heat
Aug 18, 2011
412
N.Y.S.
yups
 

Backwoods Savage

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2007
27,812
Michigan
That is not the normal sound (I would not describe that as pinging) one gets from metal heating up but don't think it is anything to be concerned with.

Does that sound stop or continue through the burn?
 

Wood Duck

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2009
4,790
Central PA
I hear pinging sounds from my stove all the time.
 

clr8ter

Feeling the Heat
Oct 4, 2010
261
Southern NH
Our Oslo does that on the way up and on the way down. It makes a slightly different sound. It's also how we know the stove temp is changing. Pretty useful, actually.
 

mfglickman

Minister of Fire
Jan 17, 2012
676
NW CT
That is not the normal sound (I would not describe that as pinging) one gets from metal heating up but don't think it is anything to be concerned with.

Does that sound stop or continue through the burn?
It starts around mid-temps (450 or so) and continues as the temp gets higher. It sounds like a car after youve turned it off and it's cooling down.

I just want to be sure it's not going to explode. :)
 

fishingpol

Minister of Fire
Jul 13, 2010
2,049
Merrimack Valley, MA
My stove has higher pitched pings on heat up. The deeper sounding ones I attributed to the flex liner or the tee connector. More hollow sounding than a ping.
 

clemsonfor

Minister of Fire
Dec 15, 2011
2,513
Greenwood county, SC
UM i dont need to listed to it, Its the stove as it heats up, contracting. Metal will Shrink and expand in temps. You can contract say cylinder sleeves enough in the freezer to slide in an engine. Or you can heat up something hot enough to make it slip off where it normally would not move. Metal is not one size, its constantly changing. Since its all welded or cast togeather it pings and knocks as it expands.
 

eclecticcottage

Minister of Fire
Dec 7, 2011
1,803
WNY
I couldn't hear the pinging in the vid because of ambient noise around here (lol) but our stove pings as well.
 

DeerHunter

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Jun 25, 2012
45
Adirondacks, NY
like music...pretty soon you'll have a Pavlovian reaction to it (as will the family), and you all will go over and turn your backsides to it :cool:
 

mfglickman

Minister of Fire
Jan 17, 2012
676
NW CT
like music...pretty soon you'll have a Pavlovian reaction to it (as will the family), and you all will go over and turn your backsides to it :cool:
LOL! I caught one of the Newfs near it last night - but he was surfing for some kindling! I think he's going to get singed before he learns his lesson.

I paid more attention last night and it only happens from 450 degrees on up. Which may be why I get nervous...as the stove gets hotter and I lean it to stare at the fire, visions of immediate death from exploding stove come to mind. I'll have to work on my happy place. LOL.
 

Jags

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Aug 2, 2006
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Relax - grab a glass of good red and enjoy the sounds of heat. Very, very, very common. It ain't gonna 'spload on ya.
 
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fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,364
North Eastern MA
My Woodstock Progress pings like crazy. The Fireview was dead silent.
 

Jack Straw

Minister of Fire
Dec 22, 2008
2,161
Schoharie County, N Y
I try to get mine loud enough to drown out all of the nagging ;hm
 

rideau

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2012
2,168
southern ontario
I agree with Tony. Never heard a sound from my Fireview. PH is made differently.I'd give Woodstock a call and just ask them to listen to the video and see if they have any comment...can't hurt.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,364
North Eastern MA
If you're really curious, Take a very long screwdriver and place the metal tip against various parts of the stove, including the flue collar and connection pipe. Place the plastic handle end tight against your ear so that it actually closes your ear passage against the handle and you will be sensing the vibrations. This may lead to the source by finding the loudest point.

I used this trick on my old '83 chevy pickup, and have located more than one bad fuel pump and alternator bearing this way. If nothing else, it will make for a good laugh if someone walks in on you while listening to your stove with a screwdriver :p.
 
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Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,727
Philadelphia
I used this trick on my old '83 chevy pickup, and have located more than one bad fuel pump and alternator bearing this way.
The trouble with that is that everytime the screwdriver touches a bad ignition plug wire you piss yourself and forget who you are for an hour.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,364
North Eastern MA
The trouble with that is that everytime the screwdriver touches a bad ignition plug wire you piss yourself and forget who you are for an hour.
I guess that's not as bad as touching the spinning fan belt :eek:
 
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charly

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That sounds like thin metal making noise, like your stove pipe. Are you running a rear heat shield? Almost sounds like it could be that moving over some screw threads that hold it on, maybe a loose screw? How about where your chimney connects to the stove outlet? Doesn't sound like cast iron to me, too long of a ring afterwards. Sounds like thin tin. Interesting.
 
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charly

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If you're really curious, Take a very long screwdriver and place the metal tip against various parts of the stove, including the flue collar and connection pipe. Place the plastic handle end tight against your ear so that it actually closes your ear passage against the handle and you will be sensing the vibrations. This may lead to the source by finding the loudest point.

I used this trick on my old '83 chevy pickup, and have located more than one bad fuel pump and alternator bearing this way. If nothing else, it will make for a good laugh if someone walks in on you while listening to your stove with a screwdriver :p.
Reminds me of my early Harley Davidson Tech days. I'd use a screw driver to find out which hydraulic lifter was ticking. Ah the good old days.:)
 
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charly

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Having just bought a new Fireview myself, I got thinking where else on the stove is there a thin piece of metal exposed to high heat? How about the heat shield inside the stove attached to the underside of the top lid, that sits over the cat? Maybe warped from the heat and trying to move making that metallic sound.
 
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