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I have a wood burning fireplace and i am trying to find out how to work the side and top damper and vent to heat my home

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    I have a stack combi 610 damper machanicism which seems to be missing, can I get parts or diagram so can make something up.

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Top damper wide open and bottom damper wide open will burn very hot but too fast if you close the top vent off it will smoke in the house the idea is not to smoke the house but once you have a good fire lit with hot cinders to cut back on the top to ceep some heat in cut back on the bottom to burn slower if this is a metal box wood burner it should heat great if it is a standard fireplace with a glass door you need to be careful how close the flame is to the glass it can break. glass front fireplaces don't heat as well as an insert wood burner let me know if this is uesful or any more assistance needed thank you

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Smoke comes out of draft vent and everywhere when starting a fire


Ugh, my husband does this... You have to start the fire so that it does burn hot enough to force the smoke up the chimney (and, yes, make sure the chimney valve is open!). To do this, keep building the fire in baby steps: light with balled up paper beneath a "teepee" of kindling and keep the door open. Once enough kindling is burning, add a couple pieces of larger wood (make sure all is very dry, especially to start) and start closing the door, but make sure the vent is open all the way. Once the wood is burning, add a couple more larger pieces and begin closing the vent - a little at a time, checking every few minutes. No, you don't have to stare at it the whole time, but keep checking. After awhile, you can fill the stove with very large pieces of wood and have the vent closed far enough to lower the flames to very small - but not to smothering totally. This is where the heat really starts and your room gets warm!

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Pellet stoves usually use wood pellets as their primary heat source. A pellet stove is defined as a stove that burns either compressed wood or biomass pellets to make heat to warm a home or other space.

Pellet stoves come as either free-standing units or fireplace pellet inserts which can be vented into an existing chimney. As an insert, you are able to replace your wood burning stove with this efficient and cost effect stove. Inserts also give the homeowner more of the look of a fireplace than that of a pellet stove. Pellet inserts can also be a great alternative for people who have busy lifestyles and are looking to get the beauty of a fire but prefer a cleaner burning renewable heat source.

Pellet stoves are freestanding structures that can give you the feeling that an old pot bellied stove did, tucked into a corner of a living room, den, or kitchen. Either the pellet inserts or freestanding stoves are a great alternative heating solution for keeping a house warm during the winter.

Many stove manufacturers recommend the using a corn and pellet mixture, but some are UL listed for many fuels other than pellets. These can include wheat, corn, sunflower seeds, and cherry pits.

Pellet stoves are a bit more efficient, burn cleaner, and are easier to use than conventional wood burning stoves. Pellet stoves often look very similar to wood stoves or fireplace inserts, however the similarities end there.

If you are considering burning alternative fuels then you will want to look into a pellet stove as a great way to heat your home. Pellet stoves and pellet insets have many great advantages over regular wood stoves that make them a practical heat for busy lifestyles.

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Can't keep the wood burning in stove. How does the buck stove take in air?


To burn properly, it needs proper combustion air and proper draft. Draft is effected by the size and height of the flue the appliance is connected to and by how much combustion air is available. The appliance flue connection should not be reduced to fit a smaller chimney size. That is, an 8" flue should not have an 8 x 6 reducer to vent it into a 6" chimney.

The wood you are burning could contribute to a poorly burning fire. To burn properly, the wood needs to have been "seasoned" for a minimum of 1 year or close to it. Two years is even better. "Green"
or freshly cut wood contains an unbelieveable amount of moisture in it and a tremendous amount of the heat is wasted just "preheating" the wood to the temperature that causes it to release gasses for ignition.

I don't know the style or model of your Buck, but all wood burning appliances should have combustion air dampers of either a sliding design, rotating round design or hinged design with handle at the bottom front of the firebox. I'm sure there are some fancy new designs that have air piped in from outside the structure.

Every wood fired stove, fireplace or furnace has its own idiosyncrasies and its up to the user to determine what's required for making it operate as designed.

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First make sure everything is clean,from the chimney to the stove.insure all metal flues are tight from stove to chimney. Open damper on top of stove(some are in metal pipes). Open your draft vents, usually on clean out door at bottom. Depending on chimney draft you may need to open clean out door to get it started. Load your kindling and get it started. Add bigger wood as it catches. Turn down venting and drafting as the fire roars. Just don't shut draft before vents. You'll get used to balancing draft and vent as you go. I hope this helps

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One, is there any air at all coming through the top vent? If not schedule a professional service call with a local reputable company. You may have a blockage. If there is air coming through and it is cool, try letting the fireplace warm up for about 15 minutes before trying to run the fan. The fan can only blow hot air after the fireplace gets hot.

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How is air supply regulated in wood burning stoves?


To regulate air flow, there are damper devices built into the stove, flue and stove pipes. Keeping the air flowing correctly through a wood-burning stove is essential for safe and efficient operation of the stove. Fresh air needs to enter the wood compartment to provide oxygen fuel for the fire; as the fire burns, the smoke must be allowed to rise through the stove pipes, and exit through the chimney.

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I have a gaz fireplace Marco DWF36CF-3 vented and would like to know if i can burn wood in it


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My name is mike. YOU DO NOT want to attempt to burn wood in a gas fireplace. The reason for it, is the venting is not designed for the fumes and high heat the wood produces. Only way you can safely burn wood, in a gas fireplace is have to make sure the piping and venting is set up correct to burn wood. Your problem is not most likely your stove or fireplace for the safety, it would be your venting. Thanks Mike

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I want to know what a lever in a fire place is


The lever at the top of the fireplace operates the "damper". The damper is a door that opens the fireplace to the outside via the chimney.

The damper must remain open whenever a fire is burning in the fireplace to allow smoke to escape out the chimney instead of filling the fireplace and eventually, the room. The damper should be opened prior to starting a fire, otherwise the handle will be too hot to handle. Once the fire has gone completely out, the damper should be closed to prevent heat from being drawn out of the room / home. You can easily check is your damper is open or closed by simply looking up the chimney. If dark, it is closed. If light(er) it is open. Do not operate the damper while looking up - as dirt, soot, rust, etc. can fall when doing so.

The damper also prevents pests from enter the room / home. It is not uncommon for birds, bats squirrels, etc. from creating a home / getting caught in side the chimney.

I hope this helps - good luck!

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