talleyman wrote:Hello folks,
The info on this thread has been very helpful, thank you. I appreciate the diagram that Doug provided. I just got a restored Royal Acorn 45 Baseburner Stove a couple weeks ago and finally have some high quality Anthracite to burn in it. I want to make sure I understand the dampers correctly for putting the stove into baseburner mode.
Considering the 3 dampers (ash pit, main, base) the guy I bought the stove from told me:
- in startup mode, open all three
- once the fire is established, close all three
That does not make sense to me. Can someone explain to me based on the picture below, which dampers should be closed/open in startup mode and baseburner mode?
To start a fire: Open the primary dampers in the ash pit door, open the base burner valve so the stove is in DIRECT DRAFT, straight to the stove pipe. The correct term for the "base damper," is check damper. The check damper MUST BE CLOSED to start a fire. The check damper is only used to run a cool fire or to slow the rate of combustion down. It works by directing under fire draft straight up the chimney and not through the fire. Open the check damper when shaking the grates to suck dust out side up the chimney. Also when starting a fire leave the stove pipe damper open.