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Just dreaming......think I still am....... wood st
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Barbara    Posted 01-23-2005 at 07:15:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good morning to all. Back in September I wrote a note that I was a fish out of water, dreaming of living in the country and not sure how to. Several of you graciously replied very supportive and inspiring replies to basically "just do it", for which I am very grateful.

Well, we've been busy packin' and movin', and here we are in WA, living on a small lake on some land and I cried when I first saw it to think I could live in a place so beautiful. God has blessed us more than I can imagine. In spite of the rain and the of winter, our 11 yr old son is so excited to be here, even though he misses his friends in CA. He's not too sure he likes all these grey skies though. I tried to reassure him that when you don't live in a desert, grey skies are just part of winter.

Well, I have a question for anyone who knows wood stoves. The house we are renting has a Lopi Answer wood stove. I have lit fireplaces before with not too much trouble, but this thing has this sealed door and this draft vent thing with an open/close slide-in/out knob, and even though I have read the manual, we are still having trouble getting it lit and especially keeping it lit. A big problem is all the smoke it often causes (even if the door is shut) especially when we have to relight it, sometimes four or five times. We have a huge wood pile out back, unfortunately most of it is wet and it is raining so often it won't really dry out. We brought some onto the back covered deck, which we found leaks and it still gets wet. However, we had problems even with the dry wood we had. When I read the manual, it seems pretty complicated with all these wood types (I have no idea what kind of wood we have) and degrees of heat (we put an oven thermometer on top like the book said and even though at one point it looked so hot my husband was worried and tossed some water on it, it registered about 350 degrees, which I later checked in the manual and found that it is only a low burn (which they don't recommend) and an intese burn is about 750 degrees I think. How you would get it that hot in that small box I have no idea. We are a bit worried that the glass will blow out from the heat (that happened twice with a glass fireplace door we had years ago).

Part of the problem in starting it I think is the box is so small it is hard to get the wood properly positioned. The book says to put a small log on each side of the box with paper and kindling in the middle and a bigger log over the top. My attempts at that so totally filled the house with smoke it was hard to breath. My husband has had the best success with teepee-style fires, but often those don't stay lit long either and sometimes cause a good deal of smoke too. He thinks the problem is insufficent dry kindling.

The manual also says that when you have it going, if you almost close the draft knob (to like 3/16ths of an inch, I think - there are no measurement marks on it so I've no idea how you tell when you've got it closed just right) and that assuming you've done everything else right, the thing will do a low burn overnight and still have coals in the morning. Haven't been able to get that right either.

Any of you who have experience at this sort of thing and know any tricks or tips, we would surely appreciate it.

Thanks again for a lovely web site. Barbara

fredo.    Posted 01-23-2005 at 09:12:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
neveeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrr use any kind of liquid fire starter on a fire in a stove. can cause a big bang in the right conditions. don't dispare, you'll get the hang of it. check with someone in your area about your chimney hight, and if you have trees blocking chemney exit.


sawtooth    Posted 01-23-2005 at 07:40:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Congratulations on your country place! I hope this woodstove experience and dreary weather isnt' runining your dream. I've used woodstoves most of my 60 years including a Lopi stove. The thing that's standing out to me reading what you have to say is, why isn't your chimney drawing better? I think that's where you need to start. Sounds like part of the reason your fire doesn't want to go is because it's smothering in it's own smoke- like a catch 22. Have you inspected your chimney to see that it's clear?

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 01-23-2005 at 07:34:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a pot belly stove that I dearly love. I fill the thing about half full of wadded up news paper and toss a pine know on top then load it up with hard wood. Open the upper damper and lower door, light the thing and sit back till it starts vibrating like a jet engine and glowing just alittle then close the bottom door and damper. Do leave the breathing slides open just a bit. When it is time to reload it open the damper before opening the main door and replace the wood, close the door and then close the damper. My little stove will run you out of a four bed room house when it gets to kicking.....I just love it.

Barbara to Vic in Kenefic    Posted 01-23-2005 at 07:44:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
What's the difference between a damper and breathing slides? This stove has the vent knob near the bottom of the box floor. Is that a damper or a breathing slide? Thanks. Barbara

ps By the way, were is Kenefick?

Maggie/Kenefick, TX    Posted 01-23-2005 at 14:17:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Barbara, Vic will be back and explain the stove workings of which I haven't a clue. But Kenefick is in Liberty County, Texas about 5 miles east of Dayton, TX all of which is northeast of Houston in the next county over from Houston.
I think there is a short history of Kenefick on this fire dept. website.

~Lenore    Posted 01-23-2005 at 08:36:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL laughing out loud

Below is a list of others;
wish I had known them when I first started on message boards.

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