TPK wrote:I did notice a gap where the pipe goes into the stove and sealed it with some stove RTV but did not run the stove yet with it sealed. Maybe I was losing draw there? Thanks again.
While sealing that gap can't hurt, I think the very small loss of draft would not be any source of your problems. Everything you're doing sounds fine......I am really at a loss to understand why you need to have your slide control so far to the right???
I would open the ash door & look carefully at the inside of the slide control itself. It's possible that something is blocking or limiting the amount of air being allowed in????
Your stack temp seem fine.Let's try an experiment. You may loose your fire but better now than in January!
Try this......get the stove to operating temp (say 200* on your stack thermo) & then close the slider to between the first & second notch & then just leave it like that for at least 4 hours.
If you lose your fire, you definitely have either:
1. an inlet slider problem on your ash door & maybe you can exchange ash doors where you bought it.
2. Very poor draft in your chimney. (your manometer can check that)
(If Greg (L S Farm) is reading this, he is the real expert on Manometer readings & maybe he could help us out in re draft problems)
I have a very weak draft but have no problem keeping a low fire going.
Let us know how you make out.
Anyone else have any thoughts???