Way to go with the foil trick. That tells you that the door has a problem somewhere. Take a good look at the bottom of it. On my Star, there is a slightly raised lip that mates with the bottom of the ash door. Sometimes after shaking and emptying ash, you'll get some ash or cinder on that lip. This of course negates that bottom seal. I always make sure to brush that lip off good before closing and also the bottom of the door itself to make sure nothing is squished onto it. Also make sure that the little clinker door is good and flush as a leak there will be magnified.
Your right, they are great little heaters.
PC 12-47E wrote:Over the past weekend I worked on the ash door and how it fit to the stove body. With a set of feeler gauges I was able to locate the leak around the ash door. Also fixed the foot rest hooks that penetrate the stoves ash body. With a flash light in the ash pit i was able to locate the air leaks around the foot rest hooks and more around the ash door / stove body fit. The hooks now have a bead of high temp red permatex on the inside of the stove. After adjusting the hinge pins, the ash door still had too much of an air gap....So the ash door now has a fine bead of permatex ultra black around the edge. To make this fit well I taped the stove body, around the ash opening, with clear packing tape. After that, I ran a very fine bead of ultra black around the ash door and closed it. To speed up the cure time of the silicone, i placed a 300 watt halogen bulb up close to the ash door for about an hour. The ash door heated up to about 175*F....The ultra black permatex did not stick to the packing tape and it did make a fine gasket that you can not see with the door closed.
Now the stove will idle down to 300*F from a hot temp in the 600*F range. For the past 30 hours the stove has idled at 275-300*F at the fire pot, 115*F at the barrel top with a smoke pipe temp of 100*F. I just added a few scoops of Pea without shaking. The manometer is reading -.015 and the outside temp is 54*F.
SteveZee wrote:That's right Will, The check dampers are very handy and I find myself using mine to fine tune the Star Herald quite bit. They, more than anything, will tone it down if need be and they work great on really breezy, blustery days. I'm glad I have them and consider their position whenever I pull out the ashpan. They have worked really well on these warm days to keep the stove down about 200 degrees during the daytime.
I'm surprised that Eddie's Crystal Crawford doesn't have them? I'm trying to recall (in my foggy old brain) if Eddie didn't ask me about the little cleanout door in the back, on the back pipe elbow stand? If he has that cleanout, he must have the check damper in there? Eddie?..........Bueller......