Heating The Lodge


Overview

The main lodge is heated primarily by a corn stove and propane stove in the living room which will heat the living space and loft. The bedrooms have electric baseboard heaters with adjustable thermostats--capped at a maximum of 69 F. (Bedrooms can be made warmer with circulating air from living space. Also, we provide plenty of warm blankets!)

If daytime high temperature is less than 50 and/or overnight low is less than 30, PLEASE RUN THE PROPANE STOVE 24/7 on low just to maintain a temperature above 57 degrees so the electric heaters will not kick on. 

In sub-zero conditions, guests may be required to run the propane AND corn stove to keep temperatures at or above 72 F.

General Warming Tips

1) Keep outside doors closed. A few minutes of an open door can dramatically lower the temperature inside.

2) Keep the main ceiling fan running at 1-2 to help push the heat around the main floor.

3) Use the shades: Keep the front shades open during the day when sunny & closed when it’s dark or cloudy outside.

!!! Safety & Precautions !!!

STOVES ARE HOT!!! The corn and propane stove get very hot (500+ degrees!) when running. They will burn a person quickly if touched. If you have small children, it’s wise to put up the included gate while they are on.

KEEP STUFF AWAY FROM BASEBOARD HEATERS. The electric heaters also get very hot when running. Please do not touch them or put anything within 1-2 feet of them, especially paper, fabrics, or anything flammable. Check the house before you leave to make sure they are clear of stuff.

Operating The Propane Stove

The propane stove in the living room runs on gas alone--no electricity required. It heats up infrared elements that radiate heat onto objects; rather than heating the air directly. Once running, its output is controlled with a thermostat dial numbered 1-5. Roughly that translates to living area temperatures of:

1 = 57-62 F

2 = 62-67 F

3 = 67-74 F

4 = 74-76 F

5 = 76+ F

To turn the stove on, do the following:

  1. Stop! Read the safety information above.
  2. Set thermostat (gas control knob) to lowest setting.
  3. Push in gas control knob slightly and turn clockwise to “OFF”. Do not force.
  4. Wait ten (10) minutes to clear out any gas. Then smell for gas, including near the floor. If you smell gas, STOP! Follow “B” in the safety information above. If you don’t smell gas, go to the next step.
  5. Find pilot - the pilot is attached at the bottom of the burner assembly .
  6. Turn gas control knob counterclockwise to “PILOT.”
  7. Push in gas control knob all the way and hold in. Repeatedly push the piezo ignitor button until pilot is lit (or use a match to light pilot). Continue to hold the control knob in for about one (1) minute after the pilot is lit. Release knob and it will pop back up. Pilot should remain lit. If it goes out, repeat steps 3 through 8.
    1. If knob does not pop up when released, stop and immediately call your service technician or gas supplier.
    2. If the pilot will not stay lit after several tries, turn the gas control knob to “OFF” and call your service technician or gas supplier.
  8. Attention! Gas control has an INTERLOCK latching device. When the pilot is initially lit and the safety magnet is energized (pilot stays “ON”) the INTERLOCK latching device becomes operative. If the gas control is turned to the “OFF” position or gas flow to the appliance is shut off, the pilot cannot be relighted until the safety magnet is de-energized (approximately 60 seconds). There will be an audible “click” when the safety magnet in the gas control is de-energized. Pilot can now be relighted. Repeat steps 3 through 8.
  9. Turn gas control knob counterclockwise to “HI”.
  10. Set thermostat (gas control knob) to desired setting from “HI” to “LO”.

Full propane stove manual at http://empirezoneheat.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/...

Operating The Corn Stove

It's lovely to watch the flames from the corn stove, but starting it can be an art form; somewhat similar to a campfire! But, if you follow the instructions below precisely, you will have plentiful heat for 8-16 depending on settings. The first 30-60 minutes of starting the stove are crucial. So, it’s best to keep a close eye on the flames until things are roaring and stable.

Supplies to light or operate the stove are found near the stove or in the corner of the living room. Corn in the metal trash can, or extra bags in the back-right bedroom closet.

Step-by-step instructions:

(A video is included below if you prefer watching to reading.) 

1) CLEAN OUT FRONT CHAMBER. Once the stove cools, clean out the front chamber--remove & clean the burner box with gentle traction out. It will usually have ashes, and a dark, black brick at the bottom called a “clinker"; can be broken up with a screwdriver. The rest of the chamber, if any contents, can be vacuumed out--special ash vac in the hallway closet. Dump all cold debris outside away from the house.

2) FILL HOPPER WITH CORN. Slide the top cover forward to reveal the hopper bin. Dump enough shelled corn to fill to the top. Sift through the corn to make sure there are not any large pieces of cob or other debris. Close the lids.

3) FILL BURNER BOX WITH STARTER MATERIAL. Put enough firestarter bricks (tear them apart into individual pieces) to fill the burn box about halfway; about 5-10 bricks. Place about 10 corn kernels on top of your fire starters. Place the burner box back into the chamber.

4) LIGHT FIRESTARTERS. Using a stick lighter, ignite ALL of the firestarters. Keep the front door open for about 20-30 seconds until decent flames going before closing the front chamber door. Then, quickly...

5) TURN ON STOVE. From the panel on the back-right of the stove, do the following:

- Turn FUEL to “2”

- Turn ROOM AIR to “Medium” (halfway between Lo and Hi)

- Click POWER to “ON/START”

- Hold down the PRIME button for about 10-20 seconds until you hear a few corn kernels fall into the chamber.

6) WATCH FLAMES CLOSELY! At this point, you should have good flames. Keep a close eye on the chamber for about 20-30 minutes to make sure the fire grows larger, and the box is burning evenly. After 5-15 minutes, you will start to see corn automatically fall a few at a time into the burner box.

7) WAIT FOR BLOWING AIR. Once the chamber gets hot enough--typically 15-30 minutes--the stove will then start blowing hot air out the front vent. The fire should be roaring, and bright red embers filling the chamber at this point.

8) TURN TO RUN/AUTO OFF. Once good fire and blowing hot air for 10 minutes, you need to switch Power to “RUN/AUTO OFF.”

9) ADJUST SETTINGS FOR COMFORT. If you desire more heat, you can SLOWLY turn up the FUEL knob. It’s best to turn up only by 1-2 every 20-30 minutes as not to smolder the fire with too much corn. In very cold conditions, you may need to turn it up to 6, but 4 is usually enough to get the lodge to 67-72 degrees. You can also adjust the ROOM AIR knob, but best to keep it at Medium-Hi range at all times.

10) ENJOY THE FLAMES & HEAT! With a full hopper, the stove should now run for 8-16 hours. This will depend on the temperature outside and stove settings. If you will be out of the lodge, keeping FUEL at 1-2, so you don’t waste the heat.

11) STOKE THE FIRE. If you notice the burner box starting to smolder (fewer flames, red embers, etc.) and plenty of corn in the chamber, you may need to stoke the fire. To do this, turn the stove’s power OFF, then open the door quickly stir the burner box with poker (attached to the back of the stove), add another 1-2 fire starter blocks, close the door, then turn the power back to RUN/AUTO OFF.

Shutting down the stove...

1) POWER TO “RUN/AUTO-OFF.”

2) FUEL TO “OFF.”

3) FAN TO “HIGH.”

4) WAIT FOR BURN OUT & COOL DOWN. Can take 20-60 minutes.


Operating the Corn Stove

Starting the stove

Getting the corn stove going is somewhat of an art form--somewhat like a campfire! But, if you follow these instructions precisely, you will have plentiful heat for 8-16 hours depending on settings and conditions. Corn and supplies are found in the corner of the living room in the metal trashcan and on the wooden table. There are also extra bags of corn in the back-right bedroom closet. 

Main points: 

  • It takes 30-60 minutes to ensure a good start & hot air--watch the flames closely!
  • Don't overwhelm the fire with too much corn. Each kernel should catch fire very quickly once drops into the firebox with red hot embers. 
  • If wanting more heat, turn up the fuel level very slowly... or else you will smother the flames!

Step-by-step instructions:

Before you get started, make sure the stove is plugged in and getting power--flipping ON switch you should immediately hear the fan. If not, check the plug or surge protector. 

  1. CLEAN OUT FRONT CHAMBER. Once the stove cools to room temperature, open the front door and clean out the chamber. Remove the burner box with gentle traction out. It will usually have ashes, and a dark, black brick at the bottom called a “clinker.” The clinker will often need to be broken up with a screwdriver. The rest of the chamber, if any contents, can be vacuumed out. An ash vac is found in the hallway closet. Dump all debris in the black bucket, and when cold, outside away from the house.
  2. FILL HOPPER WITH CORN. Open up the top of the stove by pulling the top cover forward. Then, open the hopper lid. Dump enough shelled corn--stored in the living room's corner in an aluminum trash can-- to fill. Sift through the corn to make sure there are not any large pieces of cob or other debris; remove anything that isn't a kernel. Close the hopper lid and slide the top cover back.
  3. FILL BURNER BOX WITH STARTER MATERIAL. Put enough firestarter bricks (tear them apart into individual pieces) to fill the burn box about halfway. This will typically be 5-10 bricks depending on the size. Then, place about 10 corn kernels on top of your fire starters. Place the burner box back into the chamber using two pegs at the back; it will click and hang in place.
  4. LIGHT FIRESTARTERS. Using a stick lighter or match, ignite all of the firestarter bricks. Keep the front door open for about 20-30 seconds. Once a decent flame going, close the front chamber door. Then, quickly...
  5. TURN ON STOVE. From the panel on the back-right of the stove, do the following:
    • Turn FUEL to “2”
    • Turn ROOM AIR to “Medium” (halfway between Lo and Hi)
    • Click POWER to “ON/START”
    • Hold down the PRIME button for about 10-20 seconds until you hear a few corn kernels fall into the chamber.
  6. WATCH CHAMBER CLOSELY! At this point, you should have good flames going in the burner box. Keep an eye on the chamber for about 20 minutes to make sure the fire grows larger, and the box is burning evenly. Once heat building, you will start to see corn automatically fall a few at a time into the burner box. (If not good flames or kernels not catching fire quickly: turn the stove’s power OFF, then open the door, stir burner box with poker, add another 1-2 fire starter blocks, close the door, then turn the power back to ON/START.)
  7. WAIT FOR BLOWING AIR. Once the chamber gets hot enough, the stove will then start blowing hot air out the front vent. This typically takes 10-20 minutes but depends on the conditions. After the air starts blowing, wait another 10 minutes. The fire should be roaring, and bright red embers filling the chamber at this point. (If not good flames or kernels not catching fire quickly: turn the stove’s power OFF, then open the door, stir burner box with poker, add another 1-2 fire starter blocks, close the door, then turn the power back to ON/START.)
  8. TURN TO RUN/AUTO OFF. Once good fire and blowing hot air for 10-20 minutes, you need to switch Power to “RUN/AUTO OFF.”
  9. ADJUST SETTINGS FOR COMFORT. If you desire more heat, you can SLOWLY turn up the FUEL knob. It’s best to turn up only by 1-2 every 20-30 minutes as not to smolder the fire with too much corn. In very cold conditions, you may need to turn it up to 6, but 4 is usually enough to get the lodge to 67-70 degrees. You can also adjust the ROOM AIR knob, but best to keep it at Medium-Hi range at all times. !!! WARNING: If you turn the stove up too quickly or much beyond 6-7, you run the risk of putting too much corn and killing your fire/heat!!! 
  10. ENJOY THE FLAMES & HEAT! With a full hopper, the stove should now run for 8-16 hours. This will depend on the temperature outside and stove settings. If you will be out of the lodge, keeping FUEL at 1-2, so you don’t waste the heat.
  11. STOKE THE FIRE. If you notice the burner box starting to smolder (fewer flames, red embers, etc.) and plenty of corn in the chamber, you may need to stock the fire. To do this, turn the stove’s power OFF, then open the door quickly stir the burner box with poker, add another 1-2 fire starter blocks), close the door, then turn the power back to RUN/AUTO OFF.

Shutting down the stove (while fire going)

  1. POWER TO “RUN/AUTO-OFF.” Make sure the power switch is in this position. If the fire is going and you turn power to “OFF,” it may create smoke inside the hopper and house.
  2. FUEL TO “OFF.” Turn the fuel knob to the “OFF” position, so the burner box is no longer fed corn.
  3. FAN TO “HIGH.” Turn the room fan to “HIGH” to blow off heat from the chamber.
  4. WAIT FOR BURN OUT & COOL DOWN. The fire will smolder, die, and the chamber will slowly return to room temperature. This can take 20-60 minutes, depending on how hot the fire is. Once cooled, you can turn the power to “OFF.”