PARANOID

PARANOID

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:57 pm

I went "By the book" on my installation and everything is fine so far..... but I am still paranoid about leaving the house with the stove running.
How can I get over this feeling?
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Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: PARANOID

PostBy: WNY On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:01 pm

Give it time, :) It took me a couple days, I don't think I slept much the first night when it was running, thinking about all the flames in the stove....
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:02 pm

What are the biggest risks? What can I do to make 100% sure none could happen?
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:03 pm

MidnightMadman wrote:I went "By the book" on my installation and everything is fine so far..... but I am still paranoid about leaving the house with the stove running.
How can I get over this feeling?



Don't ever leave the house! :lol:

(most take-out food places deliver!)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: PARANOID

PostBy: kootch88 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:04 pm

I went "By the book" on my installation and everything is fine so far..... but I am still paranoid about leaving the house with the stove running.
How can I get over this feeling?


Psychiatric care is very expensive, but the alternative is to check everything you have done again and have confidence that you are burning a safe system. It was a week before I felt really safe having heard of puff backs and other problems, but now I know I have my stove dialed in and it is a very safe operation.
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Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Lehigh

Re: PARANOID

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:05 pm

Think of it like the pilot lights that are always burning on older gas stoves, furnace,water heaters & fireplaces.

(I still always check that the ash door is closed b4 I leave the house & check the CO detectors to make sure they are reading -0- ) ;)
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: WNY On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:06 pm

Just make sure you have all your CO and Smoke alarms working correctly too!
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:08 pm

Good Insurance!

:D

I slept fine the first night. With my CO detector and Smoke Alarm! Even though I have a stoker. I was nervous. Now its fill once a day and take out ash's.
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:11 pm

A few more ideas:

1. Hire someone to stand there & watch your stove when you aren't home. (GW Bush will be available after 1/20/2009)
2. Take the stove with you, wherever you go
3. Shut it down & relight it every time you leave
4. Buy some video equipment & carry a wireless monitor so you can watch it at all times.
5. Marry the first woman you see when you leave the house....Then have her stay home & watch the stove! :inlove:



I'll think of more :lol: :lol:

(sorry....couldn't help myself!) :oops: :devil:
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: Gary L On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:22 pm

Make sure you have a good and working CO2 detector in the room!
Get the stove stoked up good and after an hour or so at full burn check all the nearest combustible materials with your bare hand. If you can't leave it there then I would have some concern.
If you cut corners on the install or didn't buy the right stuff then you have good reason to be Paranoid! Over Kill as opposed to cheap is always best where safety is concerned.

DO-Instruct wife and children to never place anything near or on the stove for any reason at all PERIOD, NO DISCUSSION, NO and enforce this rule to within inches of their lives!

If it has a bottom door and/or a draft knob and you ever open either all the way to rescue a fading fire then my rule is stay right there until you are done and close them. I warped my grate the first week I ever burned coal by leaving the bottom door open and sitting right here on the puker while they became see thru glowing red. Only cost me $150 to replace for my own stupidity.

Gary
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:27 pm

Gary L wrote:If it has a bottom door and/or a draft knob and you ever open either all the way to rescue a fading fire then my rule is stay right there until you are done and close them


Either stay there with the stove or keep a cheap egg timer next to it & take the egg timer with you if you leave the room with the ash door open. (set it for maybe 7-8 minutes)

It's way to easy to get distracted if you leave the room!
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: Ashcat On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:32 pm

MidnightMadman wrote:I went "By the book" on my installation and everything is fine so far..... but I am still paranoid about leaving the house with the stove running.
How can I get over this feeling?


One thing that helped me, after a small test fire lasting several hours, was that I didn't really stoke it up until a Saturday morning, when I had all day Saturday and Sunday (and even Saturday night if necessary) to watch it constantly. Learning how it behaves with different modifications, of the vents and other controls, allowed me to be more comfortable to leave the house.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:33 pm

All the teasing aside, list on your 'signature' the make and model of your stove so someone not familiar with your installation can comment..

All the suggestions above are valid.. you will soon learn to trust the instalation, your stove and the chimney..

Greg L
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Re: PARANOID

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:40 pm

Sounds like the ash door being left open is the big danger.
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Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: PARANOID

PostBy: kozel On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:41 pm

I know how you feel. The first time I fired the stove, it smoked because of the oil finish. My wife made me shut it down before bed time. Now I try to tend to the stove about half an hour before bed and give it a final check before turning in.

It could be worse. I knew a woman once that if she was ironing (electric iron) and had to run an errand; she'd unplug the iron, wrap it in a towel and put it in the trunk of her car and take it with her.
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