I just spent the morning helping my friend replace the door gaskets and tighting the hinges on his fancy and very expensive Joetel stove that heats his house. The only wood available here is spruce and even dry it will not stay burning with the draft control all the way open. He has to constantly adjust the ash door open and closed to keep it going which often causes over heating and warpage of the plates and it will not hold a fire.
We were hoping that by tighting up the seals it would get better combustion draft draft and burn better. Not so.
Now he is thinking of going to Spenard`s for a new Blaze King.Would apreciate any thoughts on other brands that anyone has had good results with spruce burning