Mike Cantrell wrote:Thermal mass? No.
BUT most stoves DO have a brick floor to keep from burning through. The heat of the coals right on the steel stove floor year after year degrades it; the bricks protect the floor.
Mike Cantrell wrote:Yep, put firebrick on the floor. But no need for a grate. The stove should be designed so that air gets to the wood just fine.
Michael Young wrote:I just bought a wood stove. The woodstove has no firebrick. It's just a burn chamber and then it looks like there's an air chamber around that to trap heat. Will I get better performance out of this stove if I install fire brick to add some additional thermal mass?
Michael Young wrote:Thanks for asking Jeremy.
I sometimes have a little problem with draft. When I'm first lighting it, and sometimes when I open the front to add more wood, I'll get some smoke inside the house. I was expecting, with good draw, there would be suction to pull smoke up and out. So not sure why I'm having the problem.