Harman Magnafire setup

Harman Magnafire setup

PostBy: treysgt On: Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:19 am

Just purchased a Harman Mark 1 and was wondering about a few things:

1- When I bolted the inner door frame (which holds the glass) to the larger door frame with the provided 4 bolts it does not fit very snugly. I can see that the gasket around the piece of glass only fits over the sides, so some air must always seep into the fire chamber from the bottom and top edge of the glass, I expect by design. But the glass frame does not fit well against the door - seems pretty loose. Is this common?

2- I connected a T to the rear of the stove rather than a 90. Thought this might be a good idea because of ash buildup. But the blower blocks any hope of removing the T cap without having to take the whole pipe off anyway. If I flip the blower upside down it fits but I'm not sure if thats a real good plan. Any thoughts appreciated.

3- How much smoke/odor can I expect when I give it the first firing tomorrow?

Thanks
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Re: Harman Magnafire setup

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:54 am

I would think the gasket should seal up completely. NOrmally you lay the gasket down in the groove, lay the glass down and bolt it down. There may be small brackets that push agaisnt the glass to keep it tight.

There may be gaps on the Inside for the air to circulate to keep the glass clean, but the glass/gasket should make a good seal to the outside into the room.

YOU don't want any CO leaking out. Make sure you have CO detecters in/around the stove area!!

YOu will have the NEW stove smell for a little while, couple hours until it burns off. YOu may have to open a window....

If it's a bottom vent, you can just reach thru the stove with a shop vac to vacuum out the pipe.

Just make sure you seal all the joint up good. High temp silicone or equal.
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Re: Harman Magnafire setup

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:04 am

treysgt wrote:Just purchased a Harman Mark 1 and was wondering about a few things:

1- When I bolted the inner door frame (which holds the glass) to the larger door frame with the provided 4 bolts it does not fit very snugly. I can see that the gasket around the piece of glass only fits over the sides, so some air must always seep into the fire chamber from the bottom and top edge of the glass, I expect by design. But the glass frame does not fit well against the door - seems pretty loose. Is this common?

2- I connected a T to the rear of the stove rather than a 90. Thought this might be a good idea because of ash buildup. But the blower blocks any hope of removing the T cap without having to take the whole pipe off anyway. If I flip the blower upside down it fits but I'm not sure if thats a real good plan. Any thoughts appreciated.

3- How much smoke/odor can I expect when I give it the first firing tomorrow?

Thanks


I can't comment about the glass frame tightness against the door, mine was already assembled when I bought it. Maybe someone else would know. The glass only has gaskets on the sides, allowing a small amount if secondary air in, it keeps the glass clean.
The tee is a good idea, I had an elbow and had to move the stove to pull the pipe to clean it out. Another omission from the manual is the advice to use a tee, it said nothing about ash build-up at that spot. See the photo.
There will be lots of smoke when the stove gets hot for the first time. A fan in the nearest window is advisable.
It will all be worth it after the smoke clears!
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Re: Harman Magnafire setup

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:09 am

WNY wrote:I
If it's a bottom vent, you can just reach thru the stove with a shop vac to vacuum out the pipe.


The Magnafire outlet is behind the internal baffle, impossible to reach from anywhere else. You have to remove the smoke pipe. The tee with a cap works great.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

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