New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!! --- NOW WITH PICS!!!

New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!! --- NOW WITH PICS!!!

PostBy: MarkV On: Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:30 pm

Well, fellas, after a few hours of nervous prep, checking, and re-checking, I lit my new DS1500WH at 4:05 pm today. :junmp:

As of now, after nearly 2 hours, she's burning fine. Started with a layer of wadded up newspaper and a layer of Matchlight charcoal, and I've since carefully loaded five shovelfuls of Blaschak nut through the door, in thin layers, alternating back and front to make sure some blues are still there to light the gases. I'm leaving the ash door cracked just a bit as I load coal, and I was extra careful how I opened the front door.

Just now, I added about a half-bucket of coal through the hopper door. That mounded up in the center, as expected, with the blues dancing around the edges. I plan to wait about 30-45 minutes, then add the remaining half bucket. Then later tonight, I'll fill the hopper.

(BTW, I called DS Machine earlier this week and talked to them about the anti-explosion louvers. I decided to order a pair--better safe than sorry.

For those of you who warned me about the smoke and odor first time burning one of these stoves--thanks! I'll post pictures leter tonight or tomorrow, but you guys'll probably fall over laughing. I had the end of the basement where the stove sits looking like a hazmat scene, totally isolated by plasting sheeting from floor to ceiling from the rest of the basement. I have a tilt-in basement window at both ends of this area, so I put a small floor fan facing out the window nearest the stove to suck out the smoke.

But it worked--the stove area was really hazy for about 20 minutes, but then the fan cleared it out. After the first area, all haze and most of the odor was gone. Still getting a bit of "hot metal" odor, but the installer said that's to be expected for maybe 2-3 days.

The best thing is, Mrs. V. said there was hardly any smell upstairs, and no smoke. But she hollered down at intervals so see if I was still conscious. :D

I'll post again later with the pix and more details about how I started it up, and an update on how it's doing. But thanks to all for your advice and suggestions the past month or so!
Last edited by MarkV on Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine DS-1500WH
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak bulk nut

Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: LDPosse On: Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:43 pm

Great to hear! Sounds like you'll be nice and warm when this cold front comes through!!

:up:
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Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:22 pm

Congratulations on your new stove!

I've had DS Machine madness for some time now, but it continues to grow with every new success story! And the louvers intrigue me also!
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Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:25 pm

Congratulations, you'll definitely enjoy that stove. Hurry up with the pics too will ya.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: Vangellis On: Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:50 pm

MarkV wrote:
B
The best thing is, Mrs. V. said there was hardly any smell upstairs, and no smoke. But she hollered down at intervals so see if I was still conscious. :D

so!


Must be love, or at least your life insurance is paid up. :P

Congrats and have fun fine tuning.




Kevin
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Olix Air Flo
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Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: ridgeracing On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:11 am

Thumbs up!!!
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Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: buck24 On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:57 am

Great to see you fired her up. It only gets better from here. Good luck with the new stove and stay warm. ;)
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Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:15 am

Vangellis wrote:
MarkV wrote:
B
The best thing is, Mrs. V. said there was hardly any smell upstairs, and no smoke. But she hollered down at intervals so see if I was still conscious. :D

so!


Must be love, or at least your life insurance is paid up. :P

Congrats and have fun fine tuning.


Kevin


Same thing I was thinking! :lol: My wife would probably wait till the next morning to check on me.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
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Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: Wiz On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:26 am

Congrats on the new stove, and the caring wife. I would've hear wife closed the door and stuff towels under it. :shock:
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Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:33 am

MarkV wrote:I called DS Machine earlier this week and talked to them about the anti-explosion louvers.

What are anti-explosion louvers? :!: :?:

By the way, great idea on the plastic isolation and the fan to remove the paint fumes.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:31 pm

rberq wrote:
MarkV wrote:I called DS Machine earlier this week and talked to them about the anti-explosion louvers.

What are anti-explosion louvers? :!: :?:


Rread about louvers here:
How to not get backfire in stove!
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Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:07 pm

McGiever wrote:
rberq wrote:What are anti-explosion louvers? :!: :?:

Read about louvers here:
How to not get backfire in stove!

I went there and I found the word "louvers" and I saw a picture of some louvers, but I am no wiser for the experience.
Where are the louvers installed, and what is their function?

Edit: Never mind, I found it here. Thank you, Google.
Busy busy busy
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: New DSM 1500...we have liftoff!!!

PostBy: MarkV On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:39 pm

rberq wrote:
McGiever wrote:
rberq wrote:What are anti-explosion louvers? :!: :?:

Read about louvers here:
How to not get backfire in stove!

I went there and I found the word "louvers" and I saw a picture of some louvers, but I am no wiser for the experience.
Where are the louvers installed, and what is their function?

Edit: Never mind, I found it here. Thank you, Google.
Busy busy busy


rberg,

I'm about to upload some pics of my fire-up, including one of the inside of the firebox after I installed the louvers. DS Machine told me to install one in a rear corner, and the other in the opposite front corner.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine DS-1500WH
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak bulk nut

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