Hitzer 983 Window Vents

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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stingray
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Joined: Sun. Aug. 22, 2010 4:10 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983 F.P. insert
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Jeddo Anthracite
Other Heating: Electric ( never use it )
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Post Thu. Jan. 17, 2013 9:29 pm

Just curious on how other 983 owners are using the 2 window wash vents. Like ALL of us anthracite coal burners, we want to get the best performance from our stoves without wasting coal and heat. Example: both open , 1/2 open, not at all etc.

Gian4
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: Hitzer503

Post Sat. Jan. 19, 2013 10:34 am

Hi
I have a 503 insert which has a different over fire air feed set up but the principle is the same. This is what I do. When I reload my stove I have the over fire system open full. After my blue ladies quiet down and are stable I close down the vent leaving it open only about 25%. I run it this way as per Dean from Hitzers advice to allow for more efficient burning of volatiles and minimize puff backs. When burning wood leave the over fire feed fully open.
Hope this helps.
Gian4

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Keepaeyeonit
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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #8
Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump
Location: Northeast Ohio.

Post Sat. Jan. 19, 2013 10:52 pm

Stingray,I just open then during reloading and close them after 5 or 10 minutes just to help burn off the gas but If I forget to close them I seem to loose heat.Keepaeyeonit
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Ashcat
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Blaschak
Location: West Chester PA

Post Sun. Jan. 20, 2013 7:03 pm

I keep them open all the time, in the interest of keeping the glass as clean as possible as long as possible.

stingray
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Joined: Sun. Aug. 22, 2010 4:10 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983 F.P. insert
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Jeddo Anthracite
Other Heating: Electric ( never use it )
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Post Tue. Jan. 22, 2013 7:57 pm

Thanks to all who replied, we all seem to be in the general area pertaining to my question. I have my both vents a little less than 25% open and it works well. Thanks.
FYI, I recently bought another door with the glass for the stove so I can change out when the window gets to much build up. This way after I clean it, I'll always have a clear glass to see the blue ladies. Also, a back up if there was a glass or door problem . Thanks again!

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