fastcat wrote:How many thermometers are you using on the stove and pipe? I'm heating 2400 sq ft solely with the 110,000 btu Hitzer running at a stove temp of 400* and a pipe temp of between 150* and 190* depending on the wind keeping the house at 72* all over and the basement is 80* in order to have that temp upstairs. If you are at 500* on the stove and your 24x24 basement isn't 80 or more start checking for ash build up under the coal bed, start poking and shaking to get it out. Check with I'M ON FIRE (one of our members) I think he is using the same stove and what he had to do to over come his cold air problems in order to heat his house. But if that stove isn't putting out the heat you need to stay warm start looking at the stove first. Just went through this with another member that wasn't getting the heat out of his stove, had a good fire had good temp on the stove but it wasn't making heat had low temp on the stack.
Wow, running my 50-93 at 400-450 I have a stack of around 300 on average. If the flap in the back has been closed for awhile the stack will get down to 200, but that doesn't last long. The other night after a shake down I saw a 600 stack temp and that is with a magnetic thermometer.
With all these magnetic thermometers I don't think there are two that would read the same. This is a good for instance why everybody needs to adjust their stove to their own figures and why Fred says you need to be smarter than your steel stove. We can all give help on how to do things properly but using settings by someone else's figures stove temp, stack temp and so on is ridicules unless you both live in the same house have the same stove and so on. You need to take the info we give apply what you feel might help and adjust from there to your own readings.
If your basement is cinder or concrete block with no insulation on the inside your trying to ride a dead horse. Those blocks will never heat up so your heat is going to the ground right through the blocks. What is different about your friends house, finished basement, different type walls, what? There has to be something and this is what we keep saying no two houses are alike.