spiker wrote:I can't speak to the Harmon stove, but I burn wood this time of year w no problem. The glass gets sooty, I cap my barometric damper when burning wood, and I do clean my chimney every year to be on the safe side. Some may not think this worth the bother.
The fast burn may indicate a strong draft that a damper would control. You will see strong opinions on dampers. I suggest that you read the forum topics on the subject to be sure you use them safely.
I have the Mark II and I wouldn't think of burning wood in it. IMO it would be too expensive and labor intensive. The Harmon does not have a source of "over the fire air" so the draft is all coming from below the grates, rushing through your wood and resulting in a hot, quick fire. Someone suggested using a manual damper while burning wood in the Harmon and that may help slow down the draft. You could always try it and see if you are happy with the results. Personally, if I was burning any amount of wood I'd clean my chimney when I switched over, better safe then sorry. Good luck, Lisa