Subject: Grand Godin Round Stove Question
I wrote to Stovefinders of France & England:
The manifold attached to the rear of the stove has 2 purposes, it allows the option to connect either top or bottom with the advantage of the lower fitting being that the hot flue gases have to travel over a greater distance and therefore release more heat to air. In practice the flue gases don't really enjoy travelling down and the flue spigot outlet becomes blocked more quickly. In using the upper outlet the debris from the stove will settle at the base of the manifold and rarely if ever block. The manifold acts as a soot catcher the the spigot fitted to the upper outlet.
Can you help explain a technical question concerning a Godin Grand Oval model 3721.
I recently acquired this stove. I am in process of preparing it for winter use. Having done a few hrs of research on the internet brought me to your site. I have found some of the best images yet on your site.
Question: Some Godin's have a adapter on the rear connected to two ports, middle & top. All of your units have it. It connects to two ports on the rear of the barrel. But the unit I own has only one port, at the rear top of the barrel. Can you explain the advantage of the dual port vs. single port? And what does the metal adapter unit which connects to both ports do for the stove? I provided an image.
I have just re-read what you have written. When the older stoves had an outlet at the top and bottom the lower one allowed gases to exit the stove low down when the fire was low, in practice they blocked up and were useless. On later and new Petit godin stoves the manifold attached to the outside of the stove only connected to an upper port although the flue spigot could be attached to either the top or the bottom manifold opening, that what I was referring to in the first paragraph.
What you have is closer to the current design but without the manifold, so probably the best design for these stoves but without the soot catcher (manifold).Jamie