Wood Stove Safety and Care
Please read your product manual in its entirety. Its purpose is to familiarize you with your stove's safe installation, proper break-in, operation and maintenance. It contains extremely important information so keep it handy and refer to it often.
CAUTION: Never leave unit unattended if door is left open. This procedure is for fire start-up only, as unit may over-heat if door is left open for too long.
Why Dry Wood is Key, Wet wood, when burned, must release water stored within the wood. This cools the fire, creates creosote, and hampers a complete burn. Dry wood is crucial to good performance.
Curing the Paint, Your Stove uses a heat-activated paint that will emit some fumes while starting the first fire. Open doors and windows to the room to vent these fumes. This typically lasts two to four hours. You may also notice oil burning off of the interior of the heater. This rust-stopping agent will soon dissipate.
How do I clean the surface of a painted stove?
Vacuum the surface with a soft hose attachment. If necessary wipe the stove with a moist cloth, but only when the stove is completely cold. Be careful when choosing cleaning materials as the paint may be damaged by acid. If necessary, use mild detergent or brown soap. The painted surface may in the course of time get a grey tinge; but the stove can easily be freshened up with a special heat-resistant spray-paint, which can be purchased from your dealer. The stove must dry 24 hours before being used again. Some fumes will be given off by the paint. Ventilate the room during your first fire after painting.
How do I clean the surface of an enameled stove?
Wipe the stove with a moist cloth, but only when the stove is cold. Use a distilled water with a mild detergent or brown soap. Remember to remove the soap before lighting the stove.
Door Gasket - The door gasket might adhere to the paint on the front of the heater. Leave the door slightly ajar.
Over-Firing the Stove Your stove was designed to operate at a high temperature. But due to differences in vent configuration, fuel, and draft, this appliance can be operated at an excessive temperature. If the stove top or other area starts to glow red, you are over-firing the stove. Shut the air control down to low and allow the stove to cool before proceeding.Over-firing may lead to damage of surfaces. If you are uncertain of over-firing conditions, we suggest placing a stove thermometer directly over the door on the stove top temperatures exceeding 600-750° are generally considered over-firing and will void the warranty.
Ash Removal: Ashes should be placed in a metal container with a tight fitting lid. The closed container of ashes should be placed on a noncombustible floor or on the ground, away from all combustible materials, pending final disposal. If the ashes are disposed of by burial in soil or otherwise locally dispersed, they should be retained in the closed container until all cinders have thoroughly cooled.
To prevent the buildup of creosote: Burn the stove with the primary air control fully open for 35 - 45 minutes daily to burn out creosote deposits from within the stove and the venting system. If your glass always remains dirty, your operating temperatures are too low or your wood is wet; therefore, there is a higher risk of creosote buildup. We recommend that before each heating season you have the entire system professionally inspected, cleaned and repaired, if necessary.
Operating the Stove
There are days when a good draft is just not easy to establish. The causes are usually seasonal factors or a cold chimney. Try starting the fire by using small kindling and fuel to obtain a quick, hot fire. Tend the fire frequently with small fuel until the chimney is hot and the draft is well established. Sometimes, partially opening a first floor window briefly will help quickly get draft established. Early fall and late spring are generally difficult seasons in which to establish proper drafts. The colder the outside air is relative to room temperature, the stronger the draft.