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Old 03-26-2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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Wood Stove Heating Question


Hello HVAC folks,
Dumb question here, but for safety sake I need to ask. I woke up to ashes on my front lawn this morning. I had a fire last night as it was cold, I have an indoor wood boiler(harmon SF260). Just had the chimney cleaned a month and a half ago and am burning dry wood so a chimney fire doesn't make sense. Is it normal for ash to leave the chimney? I wouldn't think so.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:05 PM   #2
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It would take a heck of a lot of draft to suck ashes from the stove clear up and out of the chimney. But it's unlikely you had a chimney fire without knowing it, unless you really tied one on last night. They sound like a freight train coming right through the house.

Have you had, and actually used the stove for any length of time? And never had this happen before?

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Had the stove for a couple years, not seen this before. But that doesn't mean that it has never happened. I was not drunk last night LOL, so I would have heard a chimney fire.
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Darn. If you were drunk, we could say you threw the ashes out there before you went to bed. And then had a chimney fire.

I've used a more traditional stove for about 25 years now, and have never found ashes on the ground that I didn't put there. Not a clue.
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Had the stove for a couple years, not seen this before. But that doesn't mean that it has never happened. I was not drunk last night LOL, so I would have heard a chimney fire.
Only time I remember similar was when I slept through a chimney fire.
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Could they be from your neighbors poorly maintained wood stove chimney?
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How did you start the fire?
Paper?
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right on bert
i was gonna say paper starter?
sometimes that gets sucked out.
i remember one time i was in a forest in Washington state. i was 12 an with the family in a lodge we had rented. started a fire with newspaper. watched a group of flaming pages go right up the chimney. ran outside and watched it fly off into the woods. I thought it was gonna burn the forest down. nothing happened tho, thank god.
so yea, did u use paper?

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