Stove came with the house I just purchased. Unknown when the stove was last rebuilt, but the ash fettle was stamped with a 1983 date. I've searched the forum and haven't found any information regarding my first 2 questions below.
- is there a particular way this stove should be loaded? i have mostly 16-18" logs and there's a decent amount of room on either end so i could biased it to the left/right or try to keep it in the middle
- the stove isn't deep enough to lay logs east>west & north>south; so is just tossing them on top of each other fine?
- Its not really cold enough (40-50*) to have it cranking for a long period of time but I wanted to try the secondary burn. So last night I ran it up to 600* until I had a nice but small bed of coals (from 2 logs + kindling), tossed in 2 logs, let it get back up to 600 and cruise for 20 minutes or so and then switched from updraft to horizontal mode (handle facing the ground). primary and secondary air were 100% open and it slowly dropped to 520*ish where it stayed for 1-2 hrs and then slowly started to decline from there. my question is did i negatively effected the burn by having the primary open 100% or was there just not enough wood in there to have the temperature hold/increase pass 600* even for a brief period of time?
- performed dollar bill test on doors/griddle and the gaskets are sealing
- performed light testing from inside the stove and didn't see any seams that have cracks/voids in them
- vacuumed out the primary and secondary air inlets from the outside of the stove
- straight back exit oval/8" flue single walled pipe, ~36" run into a T that runs up an external chimney that doesn't share any other piping, clay liner (might have stainless inside i don't know), from the flue to the top of the chimney is probably ~20+ ft, chimney extends past the roof by ~3-4ft, chimney extends down to the driveway ~10ft where the clean out is, no cap
- just had everything cleaned