I have a Vogelzang Mountaineer wood stove, non catalytic steel box lined with firebrick, steel baffle above fire and air intake above glass viewing door. I have a 6inch pipe and chimney straight off top outlet and straight up and out peak of roof, so the draft is great.
As most of us do, I would like to get the most heat and complete clean burn possible. Other than burning good wood and not choking down a slow smoldering fire, what can be done to maximize my heat output and minimize smoke/creosote/yucky stuff ??
I wondered if I could supply a shot of preheated fresh air at the bottom of that baffle/top of the flames area and get a secondary burn effect? I could easily enough drill holes and run some pipes along the hot firebox edge and let them dump or breathe air at that location-but would the air even flow out (drawn out of pipe from the draft) or would it be any benefit?
Hope some of you smarter fire folks are kind enough to share some thoughts...... thanks a lot everyone and happy holiday times to ya!