I have posted pictures of the stove before when I was having other problems. Unfortuneately they are home on my laptop who's hard drive just died......The stove pictures are under the post "did I do a bad thing?' under this same header. I"ll pull a pertinent picture from there to this post.
Yes, it's a direct vent and yes, the chimney is a metal tube (10-15") and it is capped, but the cap must be insufficient to block the effects of the wind. You can see the pipe in the upper left corner of the picture that runs out to the chimney (through my cellar crawl space and foundation). The direct vent is running, but, when this 'event' happens I find the whole thing shut down (nothing running) and I am thinking it has to be due to the wind, although maybe I am wrong. When I got it going again the first time, I stood down there with my baby and watched the darn thing run for a LONG time before going back upstairs to resume life......and it seemed to be fine. It's when night comes and the winds start howling that eventually it shuts down. This is the first time it's run in this kind of weather. When I reset it, the direct vent comes right back on again and I get it lit and after some time it brings teh house up to temperature as if nothing is amiss. The wind is the only strange thing going on, although I can some problem with the pusher bar over the weekend, that seems to be fine. Sorry for the insufficient info.
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