Storm wrote:.. I was wondering what temps are you using on your stove to keep a comfortable temperature.
Ok the manufacture says on my Harmon 1 no higher than 500 degrees.
500° isn't even breaking a sweat on your Harman.
We got rid of a Mark II a few years back, to replace it with a Mark III
for a pretty large repair shop.
It was over 20 years old, and in cold weather it was rarely below 600°-650°.
And the stove is still going today with it's new owner.
The Mark III was running around 700° today, when the outside temp was
around zero nearly all day.
The one in my house has been running around 600° the last couple of days.
It's nice and happy! Stove pipe is around 230°
If your stove pipe gets around 500, the side of your stove will be around 900.
THAT is overfiring!
Keep in mind that the manufacturers do not want to take any chances,
and are going to always be safe in their recommendations.
Nothing wrong with that, but when you use something long enough,
and keep your eye on it, you will develope your own "safety zone".
Believe me.... 500° is NOTHING on the side of your Harman!