What is your average stove temperature and for how long?

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katwillny

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hi all,

just wondering what temperature your stove runs at and for how long before you have to throw in another split or two? I notice that my stove runs at around 400 for three hours or so then it starts to decline SHARPLY then I have to throw in one or two splits then it does it all over again.
 

Flatbedford

Minister of Fire
Mar 17, 2009
5,252
Las Vegas, NV
Around 500 for the first couple hours, then 400 for the next 5 or so. Usually around 300 after 8 or 9 hours.
 

soupy1957

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Jan 8, 2010
1,365
Connecticut
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You must burn cool...........My stove temps get up into the 650ºF to 700ºF very quickly......

Frankly, I don't watch the stove temps as much as I watch the flue temps (they get high too). I try to keep my flue temps under 900ºF, since my Class 6 pipes are only rated up to that.

-Soupy1957
 
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katwillny

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soupy1957 said:
You must burn cool...........My stove temps get up into the 650ºF to 700ºF very quickly......

Frankly, I don't watch the stove temps as much as I watch the flue temps (they get high too). I try to keep my flue temps under 900ºF, since my Class 6 pipes are only rated up to that.

-Soupy1957

Any suggestions on how to burn HOT and not cool? Thanks Soupy
 

NH_Wood

Minister of Fire
Dec 24, 2009
2,602
southern NH
Seems that running 400* is not too cool. If it heats your space, I don't think it is a problem. For hotter fires, add more wood + more air. Dial down until you have good secondaries at the lowest air setting and let her cruise. Also, if you have a problem getting hot fires, perhaps your wood is not very well seasoned. Try splitting smaller - smaller splits will burn with more intensity. Cheers!
 

HotCoals

Minister of Fire
Oct 27, 2010
3,429
Rochester,Ny.
For my 2500 sq.ft. two story house if the house temps are up I only need to cruise the BK cat at about 400 stove top..200-250 stack temp( 8" up).
In the coldest weather we have had so far I can go 12 hours easy with a 2/3 load of not so seasoned mixed hardwoods.
There has been no reason for me to burn 700 degree stove top temps...I burn 24/7and keep the house 70-75 easy.
 

Backwoods Savage

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2007
27,811
Michigan
It is too difficult to determine what the average is because the weather is not the same day after day and it is also much different during the night than during the day. With that said, it is common for our fires to be in the 600-650 or even up to 700. If it is cold outside and especially if windy we will usually reload around 400. Otherwise closer to 300.
 

RedGuy

Member
Oct 30, 2010
164
Davisburg, MI
It's hard for me to know as my stove will have a temperature variance across the top as much as a couple hundred degrees depending on where the fires burning at. But generally I shoot for the center to be around 600 deg, which usually holds about a 500-600 deg flue temp (measured about 12 in above the stove). I basically try to hold 600 deg all the time which requires about a split every hour to hour and a half. Where do most of you measure your stove top temp BTW? I'm using an IR gun so I can measure the temp anywhere.
 

rdust

Minister of Fire
Feb 9, 2009
4,601
Michigan
I load in cycles and don't add wood to the stove until it coals out with a stove top temp between 200-300. I've never watched the stove top temps for an entire burn cycle but during the peak 2-3 hours it's 600+. The blower being on or off and the speed of the blower if on also make a big difference. I've found the stove top will hold a 400 temp a lot long without the blower than with.
 

mainemaul

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Jul 22, 2008
89
southern me.
600-750 during peak,2-3 hrs then open the air a little more if i'm around to get rid of some coals.
stove is in cellar so i burn hot and heavy!
 

pen

There are some who call me...mod.
Staff member
Aug 2, 2007
7,968
N.E. Penna
mainemaul said:
600-750 during peak,2-3 hrs then open the air a little more if i'm around to get rid of some coals.
stove is in cellar so i burn hot and heavy!

Same stove, same location, same burn habits.

pen
 

Brian VT

Minister of Fire
Jul 30, 2008
817
Southern VT
rdust said:
I load in cycles and don't add wood to the stove until it coals out with a stove top temp between 200-300. I've never watched the stove top temps for an entire burn cycle but during the peak 2-3 hours it's 600+.
Same here. I load it full on good coals @ 9:30 pm. Wake up at 5:30 am and repeat.
I don't know what the wife does with it during the day, but when I get home I load just enough to have coals at 9:30 pm and repeat.
 
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