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June 9, 2006 7:57 PM Subscribe
Help me use my wood-burning stove!
posted by frogan to home & garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My new house has a daylight basement with a wood-burning stove. It's claw-footed, cast iron, with the LODI brand name stamped on the front. I have a few questions for the pyromaniacs in the house. I'm originally from SoCal and have never even seen this kind of stove in a house before.
* The door has a rope-like fabric thingy that appears to be an insulator for the door (it fits into a groove and is somewhat protected from the flame). This rope thing is coming loose. Is this really an insulator, or some kind of a hack by the previous tenant? Is it safe to glue it into the slot?
* The stove/oven sits on an L-shaped aluminum hearth with a brick face, set against the wall. This hearth thing is definitely an add-on -- it sits in front of the wall and it not actually a part of the wall. Is this a normal device for these kinds of stoves?
* The bottom of the stove has a sliding door, allowing you to vary the amount of oxygen that is fed into the bottom of the stove when the door is closed. Do I have to clean this door structure? Will ash eventually pile up underneath the stove, or is the design such that ash is contained in the stove itself?
* The stove appears to have vents on the top. These vents are not part of the chimney pipe and do not emit smoke. What are these things for?
Any and all help is appreciated.