Do I adore that woodstove? Oh, yeah.
I still have a few questions, and I still have a few theories, but I seem to be clinging to the edge of the learning curve pretty well. I’m lighting a one-match fire every morning, without issue. The stove comes up to temp nicely. With this post, maybe I can share some information, and bargain for an opinion or two.
Okay, woodstove users! Ready to share some information?!
I have been proceeding this way – I build a nice, hot, roaring fire and let the thermometer come up to “burn zone” temp. Then I close the vent some, let the fire calm down. It’s at this point that I’m not totally clear. There’s an ideal burn temp. I get that. Now, I certainly can’t keep a fire going at the ideal burn temp, or I’d be driven out of the cabin in five minutes and all the snow within a two-mile radius would melt. And the dog would spontaneously combust. So, I’ve been building up to the ideal burn temp, letting it rip for a bit until the big wood is caught, and then closing the vent some and calming the fire down. Slow burn for the rest of the day. Yes? Correct? Seem plausible?
Generally, once you have your wood going nicely, I understand that you should close the flue a bit. That’s what people say. But I haven’t found that to be true. I have an old-fashioned box stove, not a modern air-tight house-heating model, so maybe this falls into the every-stove-is-different department. My stove likes plenty of air. I have been leaving the flue fully open, but closing off the front-vent a bit once I have coals. If I close down the flue at all, I start getting thick your-house-is-on-fire smoke coming out the chimney like mad. The coals start to extinguish. So. I leave the flue open and just control the fire with the front vent. I’m chalking it up to a stove personality thing. Yes? Correct? Seem plausible?
What say you, Stovers?