Thanks everyone for the kind words! Now, to address some of the comments..
lsayre wrote:That's the first time I've ever seen an MPD added directly to the body of a stove instead of placed into the flue pipe.
I can't say I've seen it done this way, either, but it was the only option I had with the duravent. The MPD pipe section has the standard duravent fitting on one end, and the crimped section on the other, to fit into the stove. I think that MPD section was designed primarily with top-venting appliances in mind.
echos67 wrote:What engine block in the background ?
It's a 1976 Buick 455 block. Bored .030" over. And it's for sale!
I'm On Fire wrote:That is one nice stove!! Reminds me of mine. I had mine down to 219º (that's #2 on my dial) today.....
Where do you take the temp reading on your stove? I was using my handheld infrared thermometer and the temp of the stove varies quite a bit. Right now, with my dial on #2, I checked the top of the stove, about 2-3" behind the loading door, and it's reading 385º Also, how many balls from the bottom are you on the chain?
I'm On Fire wrote:That Duravent pipe sure looks nice. I've been using single wall. What's the main difference in using the Duravent? Does it hold the heat better for better drafting? I've never looked into it.
I wanted the duravent because of my clearance to combustibles. If I had used single wall pipe, I would have needed to cover the exposed wood. The house is constructed with southern yellow heart pine, which has a very nice patina on it, and I didn't want to have to cover it all up with fireproof wallboard.
The duravent inner layer is stainless, and the outer layer is galvanized and painted. The older sections were purchased in 1988, but were first used with coal last year. I didn't pull the pipe off in the spring to clean it, and when I took the pipe off in August of this year, the stainless inner liner still looked great. It's a good bit thicker than the flexible stainless pipe that coal is notorious for making pinholes in!
I'm sure it helps with the draft, but I don't need that in my situation. My 32' tall chimney goes up thru the middle of the house, and it drafts like crazy. It pulls a strong draft even in the middle of the summer.