pbmax wrote:are barometric dampeners needed for stokers?
There are a lot of novice coal users here, that is evident by the amount of posts relating to the inability to light and maintain a coal fire, these are things that once explained must be learned thru experience as is the FEEL for when the stove is running properly . A baro. Damper is a fail safe against TOO MUCH draft and the problems that can be associated with it, that’s it nothing more . I would say YES install one to be safe but remember some Power vent applications do not use them, some do, if there is any question what so ever in the case of a power vent contact the stove manufacturer or reputable dealer to be sure, Carbon Monoxide is deadly and odorless . Also installing a baro. Damper and not calibrating it with a draft gauge is a waste of time and money not to mention we get back into the Dangerous thing again .
As a side note about Carbon Monoxide and the amount produced I have a detector located aproxamitly 6 feet from the stove at the base of a stairway if I open the door of the stove while burning within ONE Minute the detector is wailing away and must be reset, there are no margins of error with Carbon Monoxide .