Lightning wrote:Also I would like to add that giving excessive secondary air to the fire helps my chimney draft. On warm days in the spring and fall I'm able to maintain draft with a very low heat output.
The excessive secondary air doesn't aid much with combustion but instead is just heated and goes up the chimney maintaining draft. Works for me every time
Photog200 wrote:coalcracker wrote:"[color=#0000FF]Ha! missed, didn't sink my battleship.
Keepaeyeonit wrote:I still have cold feet with CO in the house so when we leave the dog goes outside I would not want to deal with loosing a family member from that at all.Keepaeyeonit
ridgeracing wrote:If I plan on leaving coal stove unattended any more for 2-3 days and turn down to an idle (240deg.) I will open MPD to a higher draft reading (.06-.08) to ensure a good draft is there. I had no manometer in the past and that was my 1st mistake! (it reads .10+ draft wide open!).
coalcracker wrote: .......... Usually any puffbacks from a Harman are smaller and more manageable due to the above-fire air inlets. ........
Loco627 wrote:Keepaeyeonit wrote:I still have cold feet with CO in the house so when we leave the dog goes outside I would not want to deal with loosing a family member from that at all.Keepaeyeonit
I have the same concern, but a great Dane can't be left outside. A new CO detector was just released called the Nest Protect. It's both a CO and smoke detector, and it can send alerts to your phone. I haven't ordered one yet, but I'm going to after Christmas. Not foolproof, but if I place it next to the stove hopefully that buys me enough time to get home before levels get dangerous upstairs. They can be found on Amazon and I'm sure lots of other places in the neighborhood of $130.
JohnB wrote:ridgeracing wrote:If I plan on leaving coal stove unattended any more for 2-3 days and turn down to an idle (240deg.) I will open MPD to a higher draft reading (.06-.08) to ensure a good draft is there. I had no manometer in the past and that was my 1st mistake! (it reads .10+ draft wide open!).
I'd like to get mine down that low! The other day when it was 10*F outside I saw .26 on the manometer with the stove running 450* & the rear damper open a bit. That was unusually high but .10 -.13 with the MPD closed is pretty normal. Supposed to be in the 50's this weekend so as soon as the couple inches of snow clears off the roof I'm heading up to lower the liner cap a bit. Hopefully that will get me closer to the .03-.06 range that Dean at Hitzer suggested.
ridgeracing wrote:Until last weekend I have been very happy with my stove and its performance. Never had a glitch all last season. I have always had a strong draft and kept MPD 90% closed all last year. Well last weekend I went away for 3 days so I turned dial down to #2 witch gives it a 240deg. stove temp. I wanted to see how it would last unattended for that amount of time at a low temp.
I asked my father to stop by on the 2nd day and look at it but to leave it alone if everything was OK. He stopped by and everything was OK. I came home on the 3rd day and stove is burning OK but carbon monoxide detector is going off for who knows how long!
After opening house out to ventilate and open flue I realize what I did wrong. By me turning my average temp of 450deg down to 240deg my flue cooled down and my draft decreased. I have done this for a day at low temps but never more than 24hrs. I believe if I would have opened up draft stove would have been fine.
So I finally broke down and installed a Dwyer Mark 11 yesterday! Wish I would have done it earlier, now I can moniter my draft better during varing temps. With stove running at 450deg. I have .05 draft at fully closed MPD, If i open it it goes to .10! I feel much better having it now