wsherrick wrote:Smokeyja wrote:So the actual underneath, where the ash would be is what heats up? I knew they circulated flue gases back down and then up but between the air space from the legs raising it up that the actuall underside became that hot.
It depends on how hot the stove is being operated at. These stoves can be safely and regularly operated up to 700 degrees as a normal thing. I rarely run mine over 500, but; when it is running that hot the base heating chamber gets several hundred degrees hot. I don't think it is a danger to a normally designed hearth, but; it is something to keep in mind.
I can't take my ash pan out without hot pad holders when I'm running in base burner mode (that's like all the time). Even if I'm running down low, the ash pan is to hot to hold. The other day I forgot to flip the switch to base burner mode and when I went to take the ash pan out, I could carry it to my ash dump with my bare hands. There is a very large difference between base burner mode and not...