December 10, 2004

Never studied


Ray, pretend for one minute I don't know anything about metallurgy, physics or buildings...

Today we had the chimney for the wood burning stove cleaned. This evening, I decided what the hell, might as well try it out. It's about 56 degrees outside, which, as this site points out, isn't an ideal temperature for burning wood...

Over the many years in Technical Service during the early Fall, we would receive calls from customers complaining of awakening in the middle of the night to a smoke alarm, and finding a smoke filled room where their stove was located. Obviously this was disconcerting and prompted a call to see what was wrong with their stove.

We would first ask how cold was it outside during the night and how they loaded and set the stove for nighttime operation. Almost 99% of the time, the answer came back that it was in the high forties, early fifties (Fahrenheit). These temperatures would make the house uncomfortable if some type of heat was not utilized so it made sense that the woodstove was used. The problem that caused the smoke to fill the room and/or house was not a mechanical failure or design defect but instead, a lack of draft. The stove was improperly operated for the season.

Aside from the smell and having to open a bunch of windows, no harm done, except to my ego...No studying...

Posted by Ideofact at December 10, 2004 12:22 AM