Hey B. Pinson we have the same stove and Woodcutter Tom and I have messaged back and forth a couple of thousand times over the past season in an attempt to help him get some meaningful use out of his stove. A couple of quick questions for you.
- How is your flue attached and sealed to the stove collar?
- Have you checked your baffle board to make sure it is not damaged (cracked or has holes in it)?
- Are you using a moisture meter to measure the MC of your wood?
I found that sealing my flue/collar connection with rock wool and a steel band made a huge difference in stove temperatures. I could actually hear air being sucked in through that connection prior to sealing it up. If the flue is pulling air from outside the stove that means that it is compromising the efficient airflow through your firebox.
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If the baffle board is compromised in any way this will affect how much heat the stove can create and, in turn, how much draft the flue can generate, etc.... I also sealed the edges of my baffle board with rock wool as it was not making a seal on the left and right edges of the board.
As mentioned by Woodcutter Tom I have quite the opposite problem. I have quite a bit of draft and have taken steps to slow it down. Currently, with properly sized and well seasoned wood, I can run around 10 hours on a load of wood and still have a small "log" of coals along the back wall which once raked forward is more than enough to start another fire. I expect when legitimately cold temperatures arrive and settle in for the winter my burn times will go down to the 6-8 hour range.
Not to disparage firewood sellers but I have never known one to sell wood that is actually (truly) seasoned. It is just logistically impossible for most sellers given the amount of room required to store and dry large amounts of wood in a commercial scenario. I find, and most seasoned members here (see what I did there?) would attest that many of the struggles experienced by first time EPA stove users can be traced back to problematic wood.
As any of the fine members here would say - if there is anything we can do to help you sort things out that's what we are here for.
Oh - and for the record, Pleasant Hearth stoves really are junk but you might be able to make it work given enough trouble shooting. Don't bother contacting them as their "customer service" is infuriatingly worthless. You are far better off leaning on the knowledge base of the forum members here.