Reviews of wood stoves: Franco Belge, Godin or Supra?

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by patroche » 18/10/08, 15:55

Hello
ok thank you for your info on vermiculite but finally I bought a panadero stove which I reduced the hearth with refractory bricks (the advantage is that it has an oven on top and that we can do cook all kinds of things like gratins and pizza ...) and it's not expensive ... and it heats up super!

Otherwise concerning the dilemma on the size of the logs:
in all logic it may be necessary to cut more when you make logs of 30 instead of 50 but since you burn less wood
(because of the better efficiency and combustion), finally you have less need to cut wood with 30 cm logs.
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by the middle » 18/10/08, 16:09

Thank you for the feedback.
For me, it is not the length of the log that will change the combustion, but the thickness of the log ... :D
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by patroche » 18/10/08, 22:10

ok for log thickness
but to come back to the length, the advantage of short logs of 30 cm is also much less risk of fire due to the runaway of the fire.
In general, small fireplaces seem to me better suited to good control of the fire. One can for example open the draft fully without fear and leave the stove unattended.
Another advantage of small logs is their lower weight and therefore easier handling, especially for women and children.
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by the middle » 19/10/08, 09:16

the advantage of short logs of 30 cm is also much less risk of fire due to the runaway of the fire.

: Shock:
No, Patroche, the risk of fire depends on the chimney ... not the stove (or the length of the log)
Personally, I sometimes set fire to my chimney, with newspapers soaked in accelerator : Cheesy:
But my chimney is in thick stainless steel, double wall, and insulation.
Beware of old cracked chimneys, or with rotten bricks.
There are specialists with cameras who can check the condition of a chimney.
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by the middle » 19/10/08, 09:42

Personally, I sometimes set fire to my chimney, with newspapers soaked in accelerator

I forget to say that it's been almost 30 years that I participate in fire drills : Cheesy:
So I do not advise the unsophisticated to play this game : Cheesy:
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by patroche » 19/10/08, 09:43

of course the stainless steel tubing is a security.
I also just put one in my fireplace with rigid stainless steel tubes.
In previous years, I had several chimney fires because of softwood and the excitement of the fireplace. I then had a stove that could accommodate logs of 50. It is often at start-up that the fire may ignite the tar in the pipes. In this case, I closed the draw, I removed the pipes by taking them with large wet rags and I plugged the chimney with large wet rags. The fire in the chimney went out by itself after a quarter of an hour. But it's sport and it's scary!
If the casing is a safety, most of the time, the fire starts at the exit of the stove by igniting the tars. I still think that a good control of the fire at the base with a modest size and well dry wood are decisive as for the risk of fire.
For proof of potential fire with large fireplaces, insurance companies often ask if you have an insert but do not ask if you have a stove.
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by the middle » 19/10/08, 09:59

In previous years, I had several chimney fires because of softwood and overworked fireplace

I only burn fir.
But I have a "modern" stove; double combustion, interior in vermiculite.
Regarding the fires, the old stoves closed poorly. (poor sealing of doors, for example.
This means that if the chimney caught fire, the system would run out. (more heat, more draft, etc.)
I note, that my poel does not know how to get carried away, because the arrival of fresh air is limited in the poel.
Unless I leave the ashtray open ..
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by Gregconstruct » 19/10/08, 10:09

You still have to avoid burning conifers because even if with your intergalactic stove you limit the risk of chimney fires, the fouling of your chimney is still faster.

Without forgetting when the combustion of certain conifers gives off toxic vapors!
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by clarilau » 19/10/08, 12:02

we put down more than 1000 stove and none of our customers set fire to his home, except a very intelligent customer who took a barely extinct log to put it in his basket, lest the fire not be safe in the foyer when he left :?

Otherwise a pipe that has had a fire is logically more usable.
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by patroche » 19/10/08, 16:27

It is true that when I had the start of fire in my pipes it was at the time when I burned not dry fir and I lit with crates

since I burned good wood (oak ash or others) I never had a fire in my stove
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