Hi, I'm new to this forum, just found it!
I have a pair of VVt Castings coal stoves I'm getting ready to re-install. By that I mean I haven't burned coal for over 20 yrs in them, and am putting one of them on a different chimney. I used to burn the vigilant(1st floor) on an 8X8 flue that was also hooked up to a boiler in the cellar. Boiler had a barometric on it, that I always felt kept the whole flue controlled. I never had a problem on that flue and that stove, burning in hot or cold temps. I don't plan to use that flue now.
The other stove was (and is going on) on an 8X8 flue, total run 16' above the pipe inlet, and I didn't use a baormetric back then. Worked well but I know it was too much draft, wouldn't burn as long as the other, and I warped the grates a few times.
My 2nd VC stove is going on another 8X8 flue a bit taller. this one has a cleanout door in the cellar (the above mentioned one had a clean out at floor level, not in celler, doesn't start in cellar)
So here's my question: Since one stove won't have a lot of room between the stove and thimble to put a barometric, why can't I put one on the cleanout doors? one 2ft below the thimble and the other in the cellar cleanout door? Set with a manometer above the stoves, won't this set up keep the draft constant like it did when I used my boiler's chimney in the old days?
PS I was going to go with pellet stoves this year, but they are hard to get, expensive, pellets are scarce around here, and hey I have the VC stoves, used them for 8 yrs and can cet bagged reading coal!!!!
This is a great forum!! been going thru it the last few days, they didn't have the internet when I used to run my coal stoves!
thanks in advance