Q&A Wood Stove does not respond-logs won't catch !

QandA Posted By QandA, May 20, 2004 at 2:20 PM

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  1. QandA

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    Nov 27, 2012

    Hello! We recently installed an insert and love the way it looks! We are just doing a couple of "break in" fires- but I think there is a problem. No matter how we set the air control valve- there is really no difference in the fire. The flame neither gets more or less intense. I spoke to the store (The Source- in Hamilton- Ontario) and they suggested we wait about a week and continue with the gradually increasing fire size. But I also have noticed we have trouble getting reasonable sized- well seasoned logs to "catch." Am I correct in assuming we have too much draft? Our old fireplace had an incredible draft- and I imagine that effect has only been exacerbated by the small diameter steel lined chimney. Or maybe the air control valve isn't working? Is that something the installed needs to adjust? I like the stove but am not really all that happy with these goings on. If it is the draft- is there anything that can be done?


    It is more likely that you have a lack of draft than too much draft. A fire will not respond well- nor will logs be easy to catch if the chimney does not draw well. The chimney liner only helps- not hurts. Too little draft can be corrected by adding to the chimney height. Check the articles at https://www.hearth.com/what/specific.html
    A new product called Extend-A-Flue makes it simple to install a decorative insulated extension to your chimney. See the link below

    Link: Extend-A-Flue Chimney Extensions
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