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Author Topic: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?  (Read 294 times)

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Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:00:52 PM »

Just wanted to post to see how everyone's stove is holding up?  How many are still running, or swapped it out.  Things seem ok here, burns a ton of wood.  I found the key to long burns is load the wood heavily to the back, much as you can get.  Took me a season or two to realize this.  The baffle under the chimney doesnt reflect enough heat down, and the wood to the front doesnt last long.  I think most of the heat goes straight up.  I have had many issues in the past, would like to keep a open discussion at least on dealing with what we got.  As the old saying goes do the best with what you got.
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2017, 02:32:37 AM »

Got rid of the solenoid eater after one season. Best thing I ever did! Guy who bought it is still running it and hasn't developed cracks.........yet
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 08:04:48 AM »

We are on our forth year, and it has worked fine. I need a new door gasket, I tried the WD-40 trick but no luck.

Ours works good for our climate, Tennessee. I would think it might fall short in a colder part of the country.

I will try putting some wood in the back of the fire box, I have always loaded it toward the front.
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 07:50:27 AM »

On the 4th year here with the 6000. First year went through half a dozen solenoids and 2 aquastats... Fixed the cracked firebox 2 years ago and had it recrack, so I totally cut the old face off and  separated it with new plate. So far so good. Its really a work horse even for as cold as it gets here in Great Lakes region. Once you get all the bugs worked out lol
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2017, 08:59:24 AM »

On my forth year, welded the cracks to get through last year then removed the front of the firebox and replaced with 3/8 plate. Been running for 3 weeks or so and working great. Really been happy with the stove, except the poor design of the front of the firebox that I fixed. Still on my original solinoid, must be lucky I guess.
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2017, 07:43:07 PM »

On my fourth year. Minimal trouble last year. No issues so far this year.
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2017, 11:21:31 PM »

I suggested large amounts of wood stacked to the back of the boiler for large burn times in cold weather, with a smaller stack in front.  Can anyone relate to my method?
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 06:59:38 PM »

I just fill it front to rear and check it twice a day when burning hard.
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2017, 05:25:23 PM »

Third year of use and thank God and knock on wood everything is working as day one. No a single blemish, issue or problem at all. Have gotten excellent response from Tim at Ridgewood every time I've contacted them. I am happy, am blessed.

As far as loadin -- what I noticed provides me with the best burning cycle is to NOT overload the firebox with so much wood. I now know exactly how much wood would take me through the night and for at least 12 hours.
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Re: Ridgewood owners how is your stove doing?
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2017, 05:53:48 AM »

I have been guilty of overloading the fire box, sometimes less is better.
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