Woodstove leaks

How do you reseal the door on a woodstove? Last winter our furniture had a thin layer of dust from smoke slowly escaping through the top of the big door where you put the wood in. The bottom door still seals fine. I'm not sure if the latch is worn down or if the lining material needs to be replaced. If you tighten the top handle it starts to get tight but just goes past where it's supposed to stop.
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Most wood stoves have a gasket that will sometimes need to be replaced. Often this is a "rope" type gasket. I would advise either going to a good woodstove supplier near you, or even better an outlet that sells the specific brand of woodstove you have. Generally you will need to use some special adhesive to affix the gasket to the metal on the stove door, and the dealer can sell you that.
Rob NE PA
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Look around where the stove and the door meet. One should have a braided gasket material in it. After a time, it compresses and will no longer seal. Simple job to replace in about a half hour.
Any stove dealer or well equipped hardware store carries the material. It comes in rolls and you just cut off the length you need. It is held in with a stove adhesive that can take the high temperatures.
Measure the opening of the groove that it sits in to be sure of getting the correct size as thee are two or three common sizes that fit most stoves.
Pull out the old, clean the groove lay in some adhesive, then the gasket. Let it set and they you are ready to go. Don't be alarmed if the door does not shut easily. After a day or two the gasket will be compressed and it will close better.
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And what is with the poor focus on the pictures? :) No macro setting?
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Michael Shaffer wrote:

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Place a dollar bill in the door opening and shut the door. Try to pull the bill out. If it is snug, the door and gasket is ok. If it pulls out easily, the door needs to be adjusted tighter, or the gasket needs to be replaced.
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On Tue, 14 Dec 2004 01:30:01 -0500, Michael Shaffer

You may need to work on your chimney. Check for obstruction and also experiment with raising the height.
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