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Wood Stove damper and window
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week N warrior / MO    Posted 12-05-2003 at 08:16:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just put a little wood burning stove in the house. We put it back inside of a fire place we already had like an insert. The fire place is 100 years old and not safe to use as it is. Problem is there was only about four inches of clearance past the smoke shelf to run the six pipe. So from the smoke shelf to the stove the pipe is no longer round. This prevents me from installing a damper. Is that a big deal? Do I really need a damper. Stove is burning good. But Iím I losing a lots of the heat without the damper?
Also, This stove has a front door with eight 1 1/4" X 2 1/4" cutouts to serve as a window. It has a screen covering to holes. It also had so kind of clear plastic looking stuff to seal the cutouts but still let you see the fire. What kind of material is it made of? I know it canít be plastic. Itís very thin and flexible like plastic. Any idea where I could find replacement material?


Salmoneye    Posted 12-05-2003 at 09:13:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the stove is an 'airtight' design, then there really is no need ofr a damper as the airflow is regulated by the 'governor' or whatever system of air inlet there is on the stove itself...If it is not airtight, then yes, you need a damper for anywhere near good efficiency...

And as the post below states, the door windows (pre-hightech transparent ceramic 'glass') were layers of mica...

week N warrior / MO    Posted 12-05-2003 at 10:16:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It could probally be made close to air tight.
If I replace the mica and put gaskets around the doors. If the doors ever had gaskets there no signs of it now. But there is room to put them on. I hadn't given that any thought. Maybe I should. Thanks
It looked like the eyes on top may have had some type of gaskets around them at one time. Looked to be some type of putty maybe instead of the rope gaskets you see around doors. I scraped off what was left and the eyes seem to fit fairly snug.

They make...    Posted 12-05-2003 at 10:32:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
'Furnace Cement'

I have a tub of it right here as I have a brick to replace in our WonderWood...The stuff I have is black, and is made from Alkaline Silica...Fery fine grit and dries to a beautiful finish...Has to dry first and then be cured with a low fire...


Willy-N    Posted 12-05-2003 at 10:02:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is also real handy if the fire gets burning to hot and it need shutting down (if it is not the air tight wood stove) You could have a fire hazard waiting if not. Mark H.

Red Dave    Posted 12-05-2003 at 08:34:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Obviously, it'll work without a damper, but you have a lot less control of the fire without it, and probably loses some efficiency. I'd be more concerned about the possibility of a chimney fire that you can't slow down the air flow to.
That "plastic" looking stuff might be Mica, which is a mineral that is translucent when it's peeled into thin sheets.

Calypso    Posted 12-05-2003 at 08:32:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Carl - if you want that stove to be more than a decoration - you should figure out a damper - otherwise most of the heat will only warm santa's butt ;-)

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