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Maximizing Your Stove’s Overall Efficiency

It is important to know that for high, combustion efficient, clean

burns, you will need to have sufficient temperatures inside the

firebox for thorough combustion. The best method for determining

if you have sufficient temperatures is to watch the brick lining in

your firebox. When you first light your stove, the bricks will turn a

dark brown or black. After 20 to 30 minutes of a hot fire, most of

the bricks should return to near their original light brown or yellow

color. This means the bricks have reached a high enough tempera-

ture for your stove to achieve high combustion efficiency.

Second and just as important, is achieving a high level of heat

transfer efficiency. Slowing the rate of flow through the stove or

insert enhances heat transfer, thus allowing more time for heat to

be transferred into your home. To do this, be sure to thoroughly

preheat your stove and then reduce the amount of primary air

by closing the draft control (lower left) to about 1/2 to 3/4 open.

This will decrease the excess oxygen in your flue, which carries

heat up your chimney, but should still be enough air to allow the

stove to produce its maximum heat output. (More air may produce

a lightly greater amount of heat, but will greatly increase wood

consumption). When the area being heated reaches a comfortable

temperature, slow the burn rate by closing the control to further

improve heat transfer.

To get the most out of your Country™ Collection stove, you will

need to combine good combustion efficiency with good heat

transfer practices. The following are some tips on how to operate

your stove to achieve the highest overall efficiency.

1. Thoroughly preheat your stove before slowing the burn

rate by closing the draft control.

2. Measure the stove temperature at the hottest point on

the stove top or face. Use this information to repeat burn

3. Once preheated, add wood (if needed) and partially close

the draft control (lower left).

4. Operate your stove as much as possible in the low to

medium burn ranges.

5. Do not lower the draft setting so low as to completely ex-

tinguish the flames in the firebox. Check for at least some
small flames 20 minutes after setting the draft control.

6. Do not continually operate your stove in the high (wide

open) setting. This wastes wood by carrying a great deal
of heat up the chimney and can damage your stove and

7. Go outside and check your chimney. More than a very

small amount of smoke indicates wasted heat, creosote
build-up and pollution.

Achieving Clean, Long Burns

To achieve long burn times, after having thoroughly preheated

the stove, let the stove top cool down to 75

to 400 degrees (on

Elites, locate thermometer on the face of the insert just above

the door). Now load the firebox and set the draft control. At this

point, you may need to burn the stove with the draft open for a few

minutes to ignite the wood. All Country Collection stoves are EPA

tested for emissions at low burn with the air control completely

closed. Whether or not you should burn your stove with the air

control completely closed will depend on the following factors.

* How you load your wood

* Your chimney type, height and draft

* Your wood type and its moisture content

* The temperature of the stove

* Which model stove or insert you have