well, after spending all winter paying propane bills to heat with, i found and picked up
a used Channing 3. I had burned with a Harman 3 for 8 years, but moved a year ago to this
house with no masonry chimney or means to vent the Harman, so i left it in the other house.
Last weekend i picked up this channing, and will install it over the summer for next year.
I will be putting it into the basement, it is direct vent, and attempt to connect the
stove into the home's forced air furnace system to use the fan in the furnace to distribute
i will post more on that later, but i did start the stove yesterday to see how it ran. before i
did, i replaced the hopper gasket , but everything really looks to be in great condition with
a few questions
the gasket that was under the hopper had an extra length (making it double) on the stove
side of the housing. there seems to be a 1/4 inch recess in that area, where the hopper sits.
i ended up putting a strip of gasket there first, then put gasket around the entire area of
the opening. upon further review, i bet the gasket could be put on the bottom of the hopper,
with it's adhesive tape, but, it wasn't like that when i took it apart.
so after i changed the gasket, i stuck a drop light into the bottom of the hopper, and i could
see a few areas where i saw light, but pushing the gasket a bit seemed to close off most of
the gaps. it just doesn't seem like a nice machined fit, maybe a double row of gasket would help?
2nd, it took me a while to light the stove, i didn't read here like i should have, but i have a friend
with a similar stove and i found out that i wasn't piling new coal ontop of my starter fire, hoping
it would catch being next to the charcoal i was using. after i realized that, and moved my starting
fire up the grate a bit more, i finally started to get the coal running and soon had a nice burning
bed of coal.
here are some pictures of the stove, and gasket job.
great to be back in black!