New to Coal Burning/Power Vent

New to Coal Burning/Power Vent

PostBy: Derdman On: Mon. Nov. 25, 2013 8:06 am

I am new to this coal burning. Last night is the first night I fired up our new coal stove. With the aforementioned said, I have a 1997 Alaska, Channing I stoker stove. I have installed a power vent, as we do not have a chimney. Since lighting the stove last night I have a few questions: First question dose the power vent run constantly 24/7 and at high speed? Second question is the barometric damper supposed to be flat or open, as ours is open about a half an inch. Any advice and information will be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing I

Re: New to Coal Burning/Power Vent

PostBy: ntp71 On: Thu. Nov. 28, 2013 10:43 am

Ok...there will be many other responses, however I will do my best.

First Question.
Yes...The power Venter will run 24/7
No....It should not run at high speed.

Second Question.
It is my understanding that the Barometric Damper should be set in conjunction with the speed of the power venter. You need to get yourself a Manometer (There is a Manometer Loan Program on this site Manometer Loaner Program). The reading on the Manometer should be about .02-.03. When I set a power venter up in the past I was able to lower the speed on the venter down to get this number, and I was also tweaking the damper as well.

There are lots of posts on this site on how to set this up.

Here is one
Adjusting a Baro with a DV and Rheostat

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