Testing Creosote-Removing Devices

This month, we're conducting an experiment to see what works best at reducing creosote build-up in wood stoves: Barometric draft control, the Smoke Dragon or the Smoke Consumer.



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Two researchers are conducting their own experiment to determine which creosote-reducing device on the market works best.
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Scanners and recorders monitor flue gas temperatures in the stovepipe. A thermocouple array similar to this one is used at SER to measure the average flue gas temperature. This example is arranged asymmetrically because the flow was assymmetric.
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Diagrams of the three devices that MOTHER EARTH NEWS is testing.
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Liquid creosote collects in a clean-out cap.
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A stovepipe can glow bright red during a chimney fire.
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