How it Works
The Sedore Stove burns environmentally clean with high heating efficiency for fifteen hours on just one load of wood or corn and up to 24 hours on pellets and cubes. The fact that there is no firebrick in this stove means that the heat radiates out of the stove and into the room instead of being lost up the chimney. High efficiency heating means that it burns less fuel for the same amount of heat, and therefore fewer trees are cut. Environmentally clean combustion means that the fire is burning all the gases etc., in the stove, giving you extra heat and leaving little or no unburned fuel in the exhaust to clog the chimney and pollute the environment.
The replaceable cast iron baffle liner has a life expectancy of 10 - 15 years. With dry (less than 20% moisture) hardwood the Sedore Stove will produce heat approximately 15 hours unattended; likewise with corn, and up to 24 hours on pellets and cubes.
The air is admitted through tubes in the crests of the corrugated walls. This provides a direct cross draft at the bottom of the pile. As the fuel burns away at the bottom, gravity is feeding new fuel from above to the fire. This is how long burning is accomplished.
The heat can be regulated from very high to very low using the air intake bar.
The heat is constant, because of the steady burning of the fuel.
The Sedore produces little to no creosote in the chimney as almost all the gases that create creosote are burned as they exit the front chamber through the flames at the bottom.
The corrugated walls do not need bricks to prevent warping; the heat transfer is the best possible and the corrugations allow more heating surface area to the outside of the stove.
The stove is easy to top load, no stooping or bending, no coals or ashes to spill on the floor. To prevent smoke escaping when the lid is opened, 1) open the air bar fully and wait about 30 seconds, 2) crack open the lid and wait for another 30 seconds, 3) open the lid fully. Following these simple steps allows the furnace to heat up along with the chimney, causing a strong draft that will suck all the smoke out of the front chamber for easy smoke-free loading.
The stove's corrugated walls provide a means of circulating the hot gases around the fuel which helps preheat and dry the fuel before being burned. Fresh air is essential for a clean burn. This is why the fresh air is directed at the base of the fire. The only way for the exhaust to escape the stove is to go through the flames at the base of the baffle. Almost all the fuel and fuel gasses are burned completely before leaving the stove which makes it more efficient.
To start the fire, carefully read the instructions that come with the stove. You will be amazed at the sure method, and how quickly heat is made. Also, how easily it is cleaned through the roomy ash cleanout door located on the side of the stove.
The difference between the Sedore self-feeding stove and the old method is that the Sedore Stove burns at the bottom of the fuel pile, providing a small hot fire. The old stove method for long burns is to fill the stove full of wood, and nearly close off the air. With a limited amount of air, the result is a smoky creosote-making fire, dangerous and inefficient. If plenty of air is admitted, in the old stove for proper burning, the whole load of wood is quickly on fire, soon gone, with most of the heat lost up the chimney.
These models are made to last for many years. Sedore stoves carry a rock-solid warranty against manufacturing defects.
The stoves are made of over 1/8" steel, or what is known as 10 gauge. There is a heavy casting on the back of the fuel chamber. It is 1 foot high, 2/3 of an inch thick at the top and 1 1/2 inches thick at the bottom. This casting is a corrugated design bolted to the corrugated walls. Retaining fingers at the bottom of the dividing wall prevent the fuel from blocking the air flow. When the fuel pile is narrow it means that the air supply is not burnt off before reaching the bottom of the baffle. This calls for a construction that does not cut off the flow of air. The corrugated design of the baffle provides air channels that supply an abundance of air to make the fire area very hot, and allows for the fuel and the coals to be pitted up against the baffle and the retaining fingers, so the heat will be the greatest under the baffle.
The Sedore Stove has a clean burn with a long burn time. The same amount of fuel that a typical woodstove burns in 4 hours, can last up to 10 hours in the Sedore. What this means is, you burn less wood over the whole heating season, which saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint.
Note from the diagram above how smoke is trapped in the burning chamber. This is because the only exit is at the bottom. The smoke from the fuel will circulate in the burning chamber until all combustibles are burned off. Creosote will collect on the underside of the lid and upper walls of the burning chamber where it does no harm. It will simply dry and flake back into the fire and burn again. The smoke must go through the flame before exiting, so all combustibles are burned off before entering the chimney.