So up til now, I’ve been kind of limited with being able to do a prolonged burn with the new Aspen because of renos being done in the house. I’ve done around 6-7 fires starting with 3-4 smaller ones to burn off the paint, etc. which I described in an earlier post, and noticed the high temps. Those experiences really gave me a strong sense of how the stove behaves and how to operate it with little problems. No damper, no external air intake, lots of draft. Lack of draft is definitely not an issue. You can feel it with ease at the intake on the back.
I’ll start with the fact that the stove is truly simple to use, love the heat, love the look, etc. Would be very content just based on that.
Last night really caught my attention and I would like to get feedback from the Aspen owner’s especially please, because it would be a deciding factor as to whether or not the retailer & VC needs to address it.
I had it started nicely, and after the flu was conditioned, it was a nice slow burn. Temperatures didn’t jump too quickly and eventually came up to around 500-600 stove top. During all this, I was feeling the position of the flap on the back at the air intake and it was gradually closing. It stabilized there for awhile while feeding it a couple of smaller chunks at a time, and at no time were the flames slowing right down to a trickle as what some people remark when the stove is up to normal temperature. Eventually, I put in a couple of larger chunks for the night. They caught right away and the door was closed. I felt the flap and it was around 80-85% closed.
Eventually, the stove got up to over 850 degrees and the flames were not slowing down to that barely visible trickle that Ive heard about. I felt around to the flap, it hadn’t changed. Still about 80-85% closed. At this point, I would assume that it should be all the way down. As a footnote, the stove has probably expanded so much with some of those hotter burns that have taken place up till now, that when it was cooling down last night (and still talking around 500 degrees), the noise from the contraction was quite something, which makes me think that those really high burns really pushed the cast iron and joints… maybe.
I know that some people have dampers and even blast gates at the intake. According to VC and the retailer, if you have decent draft, you shouldn’t need any modifications like those to control things.
So, before I go and really push the issue, I was wondering if the Aspen owners could tell me if the flap on your cold air intake is completely closed at the hotter temps on your stove. I know some of you have external air intakes and can’t really feel the gate to see how open or closed it may be, but if you do know, could you give me some feedback. It would be so appreciated.
Perhaps all that needs to be done is disconnect the chain, lengthen or slacken it a tad, then reconnect it. Not sure. It won’t be me doing it because it’s a brand new stove and the retailer should be taking care of the problem.
There’s my story and you guys have been instrumental in getting things to this point, so if you have some data to provide regarding the gate at the cold air intake and whether or not it’s fully closed at peak, please share. I’m feeling a little disillusioned because I love the stove and don’t need this right now. Thank you so much Everyone!