Caution – LG MODEL STRIKER S160 User Manual

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Operating Techniques and Hints

Recent developments in wood-burning technology have made

wood-burning a cleaner and more convenient way to heat your

home. Overall efficiency in a wood-burning appliance is a combina-

tion of combustion efficiency and heat transfer efficiency. Whether

heating your entire home, or just a room or two, your understanding

of how to best operate your stove or insert will enhance its overall

efficiency and performance. What this can mean to you is longer,

cleaner burns, less wood use and more heat.

Getting the Most Out of Your Stove

The following sections will outline techniques you can use to “get

the most out of your stove.” Please read them carefully.

Cleaning Glass


The operator plays an important part in keeping the glass clean and

free of build-ups. The first and most important part the operator

plays is making sure to burn only well-seasoned firewood. Wet

wood = Dirty glass. Keeping your glass door clean is partly ac-

complished by the air wash system of the stove, which sends clean,

fresh air for combustion, over the window before it enters the fire.

The high temperatures inside the firebox also keep the glass clean.

No stove door stays perfectly clean. The following are methods

for keeping build-up on your glass to a minimum. When properly

installed and operated by a knowledgeable operator, your glass

door should require very little maintenance. Do not expect to get

extremely long burn times and keep the window perfectly clean.

Cool temperatures cause condensation of unburned volatiles on

the glass. If your glass gets very dirty during overnight burning,

try preheating the stove a little longer before damping it down for

an overnight burn. Also, don’t damper your stove down as low

because you’ll get more heat for your money by burning a little

hotter for a slightly shorter time.

The air wash system will perform at its best at medium burn rates.

Some stove models will self clean by burning very hot fires but

be sure not to over-fire the stove. If it glows red it is over-fired.

Over-firing a stove also causes the window to soot up. Extremely

hot fires with fresh wood may cause the flow rate to exceed one

foot per second, which is as fast as a flame can burn. This is why

a candle goes out when you blow on it. Blow on it gently and it

burns brightly. Blow on it hard and it goes out. This will cause

excessive exhaust emissions and your window to soot up, as the

stove is unable to burn the gases emitted from the wood. Try

slowing the stove down a little by closing the damper somewhat

as it warms up.

Keeping freshly loaded wood away from the window will also help.

Load fresh logs in the rear of the firebox. Build-up tends to occur

first on the right side of the window. This is caused by the swirl-

ing motion of the exhaust gases similar to water running down a

drain. Keep fresh logs further back on the right side of the firebox

to help prevent this problem.

Understanding how your Country™ Collection stove works should

help you keep your glass door very clean, but as stated: no glass

door stays perfectly clean. We hope this information is helpful in

keeping your glass door clean so that you may enjoy many hours

viewing your high efficiency stove. For more information, contact

your Lennox Hearth Products dealer.


Cleaning Glass: Ensure appliance is cold prior

to cleaning glass. A commercial glass cleaner

designed for stoves is recommended. Do not use

abrasive cleaners. Do not clean with any materials,

which may scratch or otherwise damage the glass.

Scratches on the glass can develop into cracks or

break. Inspect the glass regularly. If you detect a

crack, extinguish the fire and contact your dealer

for a replacement.