dsteinel wrote:I found a Godin 3730 petit round on ebay and picked it up yesterday. Never had a Godin, but I have read the posts on them but still have a few questions:
1. will this petit round throw off enought heat to warmy my 20 X 15 family room that has lots of large windows when the wind chill outside is 20 degrees? The stove seems awfully small with an ash pan the size of my first cell phone.
2. the viewing window is not made of glass, but is some kind of flexible clear plastic. Is this what mica is like? Can't believe it will withstand 600 degrees.
3. front door does not have the typical rope like seal in it and seems to have not slot to install one. Won't this door leak air and prevent a good draft coming from under the coal? Same with the top door.
I don't have a Godin but your 20 x 15 room isn't that big. Any coal stove will be able to keep that warm. Is there a vaulted ceiling? No matter, you still shouldn't have problem. Given the small space you'll probably be able to keep the stove in an idle position most of the time or roast. I suspect you'll use very little coal over a 24 hour period so the small ash pan while a pain will do just fine.
Mica can look like plastic at times. It's not really clear though. A light will shine through and it will flake.
If there isn't a slot for the gasket, the stove was not meant to be air tight. That can cause problems with the operation, an over the fire air source is introduced, but a strong draft will pull the CO out the chimney. Me, personally, I'd want to make it as air tight as I could so I'd look at putting a rope gasket on it anyway. I'd use stove cement to attach the smallest one I could find to the doors. I remember reading in previous posts about an individual who did that with a pot belly stove and it worked well. Check the archives by using the search feature in the upper right hand corner. Since it appears that this stove was not built to be air tight, have you checked it for other air leaks? It may be worth doing that. Good luck, Lisa