Greg...I've used MPD's for years and your hate spewed towards them is rediculous. I have the old antique ones (MPD's)...built like a brick *censored* house. The springs aren't going anywhere like you incredulously suggest. I have two MPD's...one within 1 foot of the stack and another 16" higher. My Herold burns, with the two bottom air vents closed at 600-650 degrees for 11-14 hours, I have the firepot with a 1" refractory cement. I've burned in all weather conditions, with my Herold 116 in high winds, fog, heavy snow, no wind, 55 degree weather and with -13 degree weather and never, never have I had an issue where my stove mysteriously ran away. Or went out or pumped CO into the house. I have smoke detectors and CO detectors and they never go off. I change batteries every 6 months...the whole common sense thing... It's like your trying to use scare tactics to ward off newcomers with questions. First and foremost, if your stove isn't in proper working condition you can't control airintake...if you can't get one that can...get yours rebuilt but don't blame a MPD for a stove issue. I've never heard of anyone with a good hand fired stove have it run away. Generations of people used them without issue. My grandparents have told me hundreds of stories, not one of them started with boy I wish I had a baro dampener..You cannot drive your car forever...you need routine maintainence. Every stove needs it too. To say MPDs are unsafe is just wrong...there is more than one way to do something, because its not your way doesn't make it wrong. Heating oil killed the coal stove. Spend some money, get a quality stove, if there is problem fix it or have someone else do it. If your stove is working properly, your MPD will work fine...I have two, all old antique, not new crap, and I burn coal so I don't worry about creosote...baro dampeners are more problematic with creosote than MPD. if I sound pissed its because I am...your comments are offensive to those that carefully choose good quality stoves and MPD's, like we are wreckless. I spent a lot of money and had a friend of Emery build me a stove. He didnt' cut corners and neither did I. Also, I professionally installed the stack and did everything right. To imply that I'm unsafe because I use a MPD is bullcrap. Trying to be nice because I'm new to the board but I feel like your trying to bully people into doing it one way. I did alot of research before buying and having my herold restored. All the experts said that you need a MPD not a baro. These guys know there stuff and they say that baro's won't allow a hand fired antique stove to run. I live in Michigan where we get heavy snow, winds off the lake and every weather imaginable. Burned either wood or coal now for two decades and my MPD has never failed me. I buy quality stoves and have them installed correctly and run smoke detectors and CO detectors. I'm not unsafe period.
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