Posted 10-18-2004 at 13:52:15
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Well I fired up my woodstove for the first time (after seasoning
some weeks ago) this weekend. It was about 45degrees outside
so it was as good a weekend as any to get my homework in.
How long would the stove burn and how often must it be fed.
Woodstove - dutchwest small, indoor outdoor thermometer with
max and min readout, seasoned hardwood firewood, kindling
wood, newspaper, strips of cardboard.
Woodstove fed kindling and built up to one log at 11am. Temp
noted. Damper closed after about 20minutes burn, primary are
opened and catalytic converter opened about 1 turn.
No action till 7pm (about an 8hr burn). Temp noted, fire fed one
log and kindling as before.
The house, about 1008sqft, was about 77degrees when the
damper was closed. The log burned (visible flame) about 3hrs
and then was glowing coals for 5hrs (till refed at 7pm). Even
after the loss of flame, and even at 7pm when the stove was fed,
the temp stayed about 70degrees in the house - 74 degrees
when the stove was fed again at 7pm.
The stove was allowed to go overnight till about 7pm the
following morning. The temp was about 73 degrees. There was
still a live coal and a flame was coaxed with paper and blow/
poker ( a large poker that is hollow so you can blow directly on
Note: the baseboard was used as back up and the thermostats
were set to 60degrees. It can be argued that the baseboards
maintained the house temp, but baseboard alone, set at higher
temperatures will only take the house up to 70degrees if that
This vermont castings dutchwest is pretty good. Further testing
when it is colder outside.