vomtono wrote:I also have a barametric damper on my Alaskan Stoker Stove, and I have always had mine set at around 3.5 or 4, but after reading a little info here from other users I tried setting mine open all the way and haven't really noticed much of a difference orther than the flue stays a bit cooler. Maybe I am getting more heat from the stove but that remains to be determined yet. I did happen to notice alittle different smell in the house last night but this morning things were back to normal. 8)
I would be carful if you are smelling smoke, waking up dead isn't any fun
. If I set the weight so mine is open all of the way I will get smoke leaking out of the joints on the stove pipe.If you have a chimney that does not draft real hard you might not notice that much difference. Mine is 35 feet tall, in the middle of the house with an insulated 6" ss liner. It drafts so good cold you can put a piece of cardboard over the flue hole and it will stick to it! I can say I noticed a definite increase in heat output when I set the damper. It also burned less coal ( about 5lbs less in 24hrs). As of now I am averaging 70lbs a day. The most I have used was when it got down to 2 F and I used 90 lbs for the day.