The rod in the front of the stove is the tube exchange cleaner and has nothing to do with controlling the air flow in your stove . We suggest pulling and pushing the rod every time you load a bag of fuel.
When it comes time to cool down your stove and clean the burn chamber, simply remove the Top Heat Shield (Model 100 #TPHSL100, Baywin #TPHSBW, and Previa #PRESTPHSL), close the door, and scrape the 10 heat exchange tubes by pushing and pulling the rod. This allows the build-up of ash to fall to the bottom of the chamber.
The rod on your left-hand side is the air damper. Pulling it out adds air to the burn pot and pushing it closed to reduce the air.
Set the Damper
- If this is the first time using the stove, push the damper closed, and pull it out about 1/4 of an inch.
- Run the stove for about an hour
- If fuel is building up on the bottom of the burn pot and creating a big, lazy orange flame, pull out the damper (Approximately 1/4 of an inch)
- If your flame is getting smaller and smaller, push in the damper (Approximately 1/4 of an inch)
- Wait 20 minutes to re-evaluate your flame.
- On the lower settings, you want the flame to fluctuate up and down. This is the stoves natural way to self clean the burn pot.
- If adjusting the damper has no effect on your flame, it's time to do a full annual cleaning. See Annual Cleaning.