Temp gauge placement

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BrownT10

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Jun 1, 2021
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MA
Hi all, I am going to be running an Osburn 3300 and everything is ready to go. I ended up putting a key damper in the event I need one. I have a temp gage on the stovepipe and also one for the stove itself. Where is the best placement for this? Is it on top sitting above the baffle or I have also seen people place them on the face of the stove up near the top. Just trying to get it in the best spot to accurately get a firebox temp.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
90,459
South Puget Sound, WA
It would be nice for the stove manufacturer to include this in the documentation. For starters, try a few inches in front of and to the left or right of the flue outlet. Note that the stovetop temp will drop when the blower is on. I think you will find that over time, the flue thermometer is a better guide.
 
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BrownT10

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Jun 1, 2021
81
MA
I will check again in the documentation, I don't have a blower so that doesn't change things. Agreed, flue temp is critical one.
 

BrownT10

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Jun 1, 2021
81
MA
I contacted SBI and had a very quick response. They say to place the temp gauge "near the stove collar" and "the unit should be kept at a temperature below 900F. Placement makes sense but that is a high stovetop temp. I never ran my cast stove over 750 for any extended period, guess I will find out. Thought I would share.
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
12,277
Southern IN
I contacted SBI and had a very quick response. They say to place the temp gauge "near the stove collar" and "the unit should be kept at a temperature below 900F. Placement makes sense but that is a high stovetop temp. I never ran my cast stove over 750 for any extended period, guess I will find out. Thought I would share.
Yeah, I wouldn't be comfortable with 900 either. That's when metal starts glowing. _g
 

ABMax24

Minister of Fire
Sep 18, 2019
1,196
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
The hottest point on that stove (most stoves in general) is on the stove top a few inches forward of the flue collar. If you are looking for the hottest point to prevent overheating that is the spot to put gauge.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
The hottest point on that stove (most stoves in general) is on the stove top a few inches forward of the flue collar. If you are looking for the hottest point to prevent overheating that is the spot to put gauge.
Logic might say that, but for the stoves that actually indicate the thermometer location it is almost always off center and a bit away from the hottest spot.