Quadrafire Yosemite Air Flow Broken

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Jamison

Member
Jan 1, 2011
81
Outside of Philly
Hi,
I have a Quadrafire Yosemite that worked great for years...now it overfires and I won't use it for safety reasons.
It seems the primary air control rod no longer adjusts the air...it just moves in and out without engaging anything. So the primary is constantly open full.

Dealer is no longer in business, so no help there.

I thought about turning the stove upside down, unscrewing and removing the bottom where I might be able to gain access to the primary rod and reattach it...but I can't!!

Any suggestions? I can't burn it with that rod open. Thanks much!
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
88,866
South Puget Sound, WA
The Yosemite is a cast iron jacketed stove. Usually this means that the jacket just hangs off of the steel firebox. It looks like removing the front facade should expose the air control mechanism. If you need help, there are a lot of Quad dealers in the Philly area. Maybe try the service departments of a couple? They may be able to guide you by phone.
http://www.quadrafire.com/Service-Locator.aspx
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webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,061
Indiana
Have you made sure the door gasket is sealing properly? Especially the ashpan door gasket. Make sure there’s no compacted ash behind the ashpan that’s preventing the door from sealing.
 

Jamison

Member
Jan 1, 2011
81
Outside of Philly
The Yosemite is a cast iron jacketed stove. Usually this means that the jacket just hangs off of the steel firebox. It looks like removing the front facade should expose the air control mechanism. If you need help, there are a lot of Quad dealers in the Philly area. Maybe try the service departments of a couple? They may be able to guide you by phone.
http://www.quadrafire.com/Service-Locator.aspx
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Thanks begreen. I tried to access the air control mechanism, but I have to turn the stove over--not accessed from the front facade :(
I'll check out other dealers...this is clearly a job for a stove pro. Thanks again
 

Jamison

Member
Jan 1, 2011
81
Outside of Philly
Have you made sure the door gasket is sealing properly? Especially the ashpan door gasket. Make sure there’s no compacted ash behind the ashpan that’s preventing the door from sealing.
Hi webby 3650,
thanks for the reply. It's not the gasket...the issue is that the control rod has come off of the doohickcey that opens and closes the vent. The rod just moves in and out without engaging. thanks again for trying to help!
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,061
Indiana
Hi webby 3650,
thanks for the reply. It's not the gasket...the issue is that the control rod has come off of the doohickcey that opens and closes the vent. The rod just moves in and out without engaging. thanks again for trying to help!
If you can actually see that it’s disconnected then good. Shouldn’t be a difficult fix, I’m not familiar with that particular stove, so I can’t help you.
All too often folks think the air control isn’t working for 2 reasons: unseasoned firewood, the stove appears to be stuck on low, and bad gaskets. A bad gasket will not allow the user to control the burn rate. That’s why I mentioned that as a possible issue.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
88,866
South Puget Sound, WA
Thanks begreen. I tried to access the air control mechanism, but I have to turn the stove over--not accessed from the front facade :(
I'll check out other dealers...this is clearly a job for a stove pro. Thanks again
Sounds good. I was wondering though, can you examine the control with a bright light and a mirror? This could be as simple as a cotter pin missing.
 

Jamison

Member
Jan 1, 2011
81
Outside of Philly
Sounds good. I was wondering though, can you examine the control with a bright light and a mirror? This could be as simple as a cotter pin missing.
Hi begreen,
Yes, I put a mirror under the stove with a flashlight. There's a slit where I can see the rod and it is running "free" not attached to the pin...that's why the primary air is always "on". Unfortunately, there is no way for me to access it without turning the stove upside down or on side and removing the entire bottom plate. That is above my paygrade. I found a dealer who services Quads and will have his tech come and do this heavy lifting. Thanks for your insights...they are spot on!