Tips & Tricks from Cadam
Here you will find tips & tricks from us to assist with using your wood, gas, pellet, and electric stove
Wood Stoves - Please Read Before Your First Fire!
-Read Your Owner’s Manual
Every wood stove is different and may require a wide range of operational steps
and procedures. Therefore, please read the supplied owner’s manual before
-Make Your First Fires Small Ones
Every new stove needs to be properly broken in. There is usually moisture within
the stove from being stored and transported. Also, the paint on your stove will
need to be cured. This breaking in process can be accomplished by making your
first fire a small one which will allow the moisture to evaporate from within the
stove and bricks along with curing the paint to the body of the stove properly. It
is common for the glass to blacken during your first few fires due to the moisture
evaporating in the stove.
If too large and hot of a fire is created on the first light, damage may occur. This
includes broken fire bricks and paint peeling away from the stove.
-It Is Going To Smell
During the paint curing process, the paint is going to off-gas which could cause odours and smoke. This is normal. You may need to open a door or window to ventilate the room.
This off-gas smell should only last a day or two, so don’t worry.
-Do NOT Burn Wood From The Ocean!!
Salt content in your firewood will dramatically shorten the life of your wood stove and metal chimneys.
It WILL cause significant damage which may not be able to be repaired.
Any use of salt water wood in your wood stove will void the factory warranty.
This is a flex liner that was used to burn wood from the ocean. It's dirty but looks fine from the outside. The image on the right is with the lights out and a flashlight inside showing the damage
-Cleanliness is key. The number one cause of troubles with pellet stoves is dirty or plugged units and vents. The unit must be kept clean as dust and ash can block sensors and prevent operation.
-Your pellet stove will not run if parts aren't in proper position. The sensors and switches in the stove are specifically designed to prevent operation unless everything is correctly configured. This can include hopper lid open, ash pan doors not closed tight or latched, and burn pot incorrectly placed.
-Use surge protecting outlets. A power outage or surge can easily damage the control boards requiring expensive repairs.
-Often the first step to repair a malfunction is to reset the unit.
-Clean out your pellet stove after you're finished using it for the season. Moisture is bad for the equipment and when ash gets wet it becomes caustic, causing premature wear and tear.
-Keep pellets dry. Pellets will swell and break apart with moisture, these finer particles can contribute to an auger jamming.