Hearths: Questions and Answers

Can a gas stove be converted from propane gas to natural gas? How often should I remove the ashes from my wood stove? What are the advantages of a high-efficiency appliance? Our experts answer several questions about the world of fireplaces.

Can a gas stove be converted from propane gas to natural gas?

Yes, it is possible to convert the gas stoves of all our current models. The authorized dealer who sold you the stove MUST make this change for you – you cannot do it yourself.

Why is there smoke in my house?

  • The quality of the wood: wood that is too wet can cause more smoke than the chimney can discharge.
  • Air systems such as air conditioning, kitchen, or bathroom fans can take the necessary air through the chimney (negative draft).
  • Operation errors: always open the draft key (damper) and the primary air control before reloading the stove – open the door slowly.
  • Stove and chimney pipes: remember that elbows (90º) and long horizontal pipes reduce draft.
  • A chimney that is too short does not provide enough draft to the hearth.
  • A cold chimney can prevent a draft (negative draft).
  • A pipe liner must be properly connected to the fireplace and chimney and be of the correct size.

Can an old traditional stove become a clean-burning appliance simply by changing a few parts?

No, we can not.

How often should I remove the ashes from my wood stove?

The frequency of cleaning depends on your frequency of use. A good rule to follow is to always leave at least 2 inches of ash to cover the bottom of your pan at all times.

Can I use semi-dry wood to heat my appliance?

Yes, but it is better than NO. If you take semi-dry wood, your unit will lose performance, because the best moisture percentage for firewood is 20% (not 50%) for EPA-certified stoves and for all solid fuel stoves.

If you choose wood with 20% humidity, your unit will produce 6,200 BTUs per lb, while wood with more than 50% humidity will only produce 4,000 BTUs per lb. Also, remember that damp wood produces a lot of soot and creosote in the chimney.

How should I store my firewood?

The important thing is to split the wood into 4 to 6-inch logs and store them in a dry, ventilated place.

What are the advantages of a high-efficiency appliance?

A high-efficiency appliance facilitates combustion, does not pollute, uses a renewable energy source, is safer (produces less soot in the chimney), more economical (produces more heat with the same quantity of wood), and cleaner (the glass becomes less dirty).

Does an EPA unit heat as efficiently as a non-EPA?

Yes, even more efficiently, if the moisture content of the wood is 18% to 22%. EPA appliances are like high-performance cars: they use the fuel for which they were designed. EPA appliances use a very small amount of air during combustion: 15 to 20 liters of air per second compared to 180 liters per second for an open hearth (non-EPA).

EPA devices are manufactured in such a way that they allow an air intake of 50 to 80 liters of air per second. WARNING! When wet wood is burned in an EPA appliance, it requires much more combustion air than the appliance can provide; which results in a lack of heat.

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