Curing a Tent Stove - Baking the paint on to your stove
CURING THE PAINT ON A NEW CAMPING WOOD STOVE
Stove paint will melt and peal off if stove is not cured per instructions below.
Set your new stove up in your backyard or driveway and burn wood in the stove for 2-3 hours to cure the paint. Burning wood in your new stove will cause a burning paint smell.
You will have this burning smell on your hunting clothes if you do not cure the stove at home before hunting season.
Put your paper, kindling and wood as far back as possible when starting your stove. You will be burning your stove at low heat initially. You want the heat to go up the stove pipe opening so there is enough heat to cure the stove pipe. The stove pipe will turn a dull gray.
When curing the stove you will only need to cure the first 2 sections of pipe if you have a stove jack in the roof. Other 2 sections of pipe will be outside the tent. Top 2 sections of stove pipes and rain cap/spark arrestor will cure when the stove is used during camping.
Entire stove package, excluding 2 top sections of stove pipe and raincap/spark arrestor, should be set up to insure the stove and accessories are cured.
HAVE AIR INTAKE ON DOOR ONLY AT ONE THIRD OPEN AT THE BEGINNING. Increase air intake opening after 2 hours if all the stove paint has not turned a dull color. Different air intake adjustment is required on different stoves due to customers using different quality of wood hard vs soft and completely dried vs incompletely dry wood.
HAVE STOVE HALF FULL OF WOOD DURING CURING. The stove will get too hot and the stove paint will melt if stove is filled completely full.
THE STOVE AND PIPE IS NOT CURED UNTIL THE ENTIRE TENT STOVE AND PIPE TURNS A DULL COLOR.
YOUR STOVE PAINT WILL MELT AND PEAL OFF if your stove doesn't turn dull black during curing. Dull black signals that the stove is cured properly.