Chiefcamper wrote:Hey VMI,
Pretty Exciting, Your First Burn!!!!!!!!!!!!
Didn't know you had this thread going. Answered a lot of my questions I asked you in the other thread.
Yea at 900 it sounds like you just had a ton of heat moving quickly through the system. My thoughts are that it was mostly the pipe heating up. The stove in my opinion would take more than 5 minutes to really raise that much in temps. In other words, the stove was easily running that hot before you started tending it. In any case, Yea, it's a bit scary. Don't wanna damage the plumbing
Something else to consider: The top layer of my coal USUALLY only gets flame if I open the top door. It could stay black for 12 hours or more, depending on how well and how hot it's burning. It's not neccessary to have a good flame on top. I gauge my burn by the temp above the door. I'm only saying this because if your goal is to always have a fire on top, then the stove will always be running relatively hot IMO.
Please Keep Posting, This Is Good Stuff!!!!!!!!!
KaptJaq wrote:Hi VMI,
Glad you are getting the hang of your Godin and are enjoying it. I burn mine at about 20k btu/hr (about 1.75 pounds of coal per hour or 40 pounds a day). I also run two stoves. The Godin is in the family room and runs at a constant rate. In the living room/kitchen/dining room area I have a wood stove that I adjust the burn level according to the outside temperatures. Between the two of them they keep the house comfortably and evenly warm.
My Godin likes to run at a constant rate, I usually have the side of the barrel between 550 & 600 degrees. I load a half bucket of coal in the morning and another half just before bed. I usually shake it down and remove ash once a day before bed. I have the air inlet openned about a half turn and the MPD three-quarters closed.
How is the "air wick" working on your Godin? The air-wick is a flat metal tube just above the loading door between the fire brick and the outer metal skin. It brings fresh air to the top of the fuel pile to help burn off the gases, reduces "puff back", and in general helps the stove burn a little better. You can see the outlet just below the top cast ring in the front of the stove. The inlet is above the lintel. I've seen stoves with the air-wick clogged with ash. This makes it harder to get the "blue ladies" dancing. When I do my spring cleaning I use a shop vacuum to suck as much ash as possible out of the bottom of it.
Enjoy the warmth,
vmi1983 wrote: The stove always produces blue ladies, but at a slower speed than the VIGII stove.
vmi1983 wrote: I am thinking I may not have to open the MPD while recharging.
vmi1983 wrote:The Godin burns steadily... 2/3 and MPD closed... 750F.... all day long...
KaptJaq wrote:vmi1983 wrote: The stove always produces blue ladies, but at a slower speed than the VIGII stove.
The Godin has a narrower, deeper firepot than the VIGII. It takes longer to get the new coal up to out-gassing temps. Once the coal out-gasses the blue ladies dance.vmi1983 wrote: I am thinking I may not have to open the MPD while recharging.
I find if I don't open the MPD when I reload I get a face full of fines and smoke as the coal hits the heat. With the MPD open everything gets sucked up the flue. You probably have a stronger draft than I so you don't have the same problem...vmi1983 wrote:The Godin burns steadily... 2/3 and MPD closed... 750F.... all day long...
That is what I have found also. Once you get used to the stove, the air control, & the MPD you can set it and just about forget it... I love only tending to it twice a day and have, when I needed it, easily kept a low fire burning all weekend unattended.
nortcan wrote:Does someone have a photo showing the ""air wick""/passage on the Godin serving as an over the fire vent?
KaptJaq wrote:nortcan wrote:Does someone have a photo showing the ""air wick""/passage on the Godin serving as an over the fire vent?
Attached are two images of the parts diagram for the Godin 3721. Godin_3721_1 shows the firebrick and internal parts including the "air-wick" (part 39, conduit d'air). Godin_3721_2 shows the skin and cast parts.
nortcan wrote:Thanks KaptJaq. Is that vent adjustable or always in an open position?
vmi1983 wrote:I am worried the stove may run away on me, so I set the air inlet to 1/3 turn out.
KaptJaq wrote:vmi1983 wrote:I am worried the stove may run away on me, so I set the air inlet to 1/3 turn out.
I've got a bucket of sand near the stove. If she starts to get away and shutting down the air doesn't stop her the sand via the loading door is the quickest, easiest, and cleanest way to shut her down instantly.
vmi1983 wrote:I assume you get a lower burn rate by reducing the amount of fuel in the fire pot?
vmi1983 wrote:What do you feel is a safe max operating temperature, considering the hottest point is generally over and right of the fire door?
vmi1983 wrote:From the bottom of the exit flue port, how many inches below that , should be the height of fresh (a recharging) coal? Like 6-4" below, etc.?