mmcoal wrote:Just curious, how can a coal stove last so long when the fly ash/moisture can be so corrosive to metal? I would think a good end of season cleaning is important, but it sounds like that doesn't always help stainless liners either. Where my stove is located it gets very damp during the summer(4' below grade) and I have noticed many people on this board have their stoves located in basements. Seeing how long most stoves really do last I know this is a trivial question, but just wondering. Thanks, Chris
dcrane wrote:Even though my stove is not in the basement and my practice in this regard is not the norm.... ill mention it anyways.
I've never done anything other than clean out the stove with a shovel and give it a vac so it looks pretty, I take off the rear baffle and stick the vac into the 3" of black pipe to clear out any fly ash and im done. I only have a few feet of black pipe simply goes into a terra cotta lined chimney, 1/2" rock board blocker plate and the stove is 1/4 plate. The $30 of black pipe has always lasted at least 5 years (even the times I replaced it, I didn't really have to), id spend more on the light, WD40 or time than the $30 bucks for new black pipe every 5 years , Id guess 85% of wood/coal stoves are installed into an existing chimney/fireplace like my set up and only use a few feet of cheap black pipe but those who have thin gauge stoves or use costly stainless or intricate stokers, etc. its wiser to take extremely good care and maintain things with a light, oils, caps, etc. (I just prefer to do NOTHING for 5+ years and spend the $30 when the time comes).
Lightning wrote:I'm guessing your stoves are in a relatively dry environment, which makes a huge difference. In a moisture rich environment you can pret near hear the sulfuric acid chomping away at the metal.
Sunny Boy wrote:I know what you mean. I had to replace the pipes every 3-4 years for the potbelly coal stove I had in the basement when I lived on the south shore of Long Island. Down there, the stoves almost need a bilge pump installed.
2001Sierra wrote:Clean, Clean! Vacuum all the surfaces. I am going to now use Fluid Film for the summer months, more friendly than superior LPS3 but we only need to protect the stove/boiler/furnace for the summer months.
tcalo wrote:Sunny Boy wrote:I know what you mean. I had to replace the pipes every 3-4 years for the potbelly coal stove I had in the basement when I lived on the south shore of Long Island. Down there, the stoves almost need a bilge pump installed.
Just curious, what part of LI were you from? I live in Medford. I assume you no longer live on LI since you said "lived"...