Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide

PostBy: grottorian On: Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:28 pm

Hi -- I have a Hitzer 503 insert. I've had it for 3 years & love it! This week though it has set off my CO detector twice... It has the restrictor plate in it -- i put it in a couple years ago & it puts out more heat that way.... I have been burning alot of oak wood in it this winter with the hopper out of it..... the wood doesnt put out as much heat and good when it's not real cold out.... anyway I wondered if it was the wood (with the restricted draft causing the co problem) --- so I switched back to coal (anthracite) only.... but it put out carbon monoxide again today & set off my alarms ---- I guess I could have a creasote buildup? ---- After the stove cools I will take the restrictor plate out & clean the flue if needed... I would like to get some ideas! Thanks!
grottorian
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 503

Re: Carbon monoxide

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:48 pm

How often do you clean any horizontal surface? (Plates in stove, stove pipe, etc). I'll bet you've got something plugged. Clean it, NOW! Please?
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Carbon monoxide

PostBy: JB Sparks On: Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:53 pm

A yup, It worked before and now it don't. just gotsta have a plug.
JB Sparks
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman - Chubby
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Re: Carbon monoxide

PostBy: grottorian On: Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:13 pm

OK --- I'll get to it...
grottorian
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 503

Re: Carbon monoxide

PostBy: grottorian On: Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:05 pm

Got it cleaned now --- the cap on the chimney was jammed up..... & i'm back to working great..... I'll be cleaning/checking it more often from now on! Thanks!
grottorian
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 503

Re: Carbon monoxide

PostBy: 009to090 On: Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:07 pm

grottorian wrote:Got it cleaned now --- the cap on the chimney was jammed up..... & i'm back to working great..... I'll be cleaning/checking it more often from now on! Thanks!


Hip-Hip-Hooray, for CO detectors!
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Carbon monoxide

PostBy: JB Sparks On: Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:09 pm

That be good news. Glad your up and running again.
JB Sparks
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman - Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Harman: SF160 - Chubby Sr.

Re: Carbon monoxide

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:48 pm

Make a mental note of how long it took to clog. Next time clean it before that much time has gone by. :)

I guess they say... check any new stove after 30 days. That will give an idea of how long it'll go. Most people learn what their stove needs. Some each month, some 6 months, some will go a whole season.


NOTE! If you change the brand of coal you are using, check ash build up again. There can be a huge difference from one coal to another.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Carbon monoxide

PostBy: grottorian On: Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:05 pm

Yes - it was different coal & I've been burning oak wood too.... ---- alot of ash mixed with some creasote .... == clog... but I wasn't checking/cleaning .... now I know about this 6" pipe etc... & will keep it clean!
grottorian
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 503

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