Letting the Fire Burn or Go Out

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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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 9:48 am

Let me start off by saying I own ds1600 circulator.So last night I made the decision that I was going to let the fire go out.Because of the warm weather we are going to be having So I thought I would let the heat pump take over for a while.I have a one year old heat pump that seems to be very efficient.Part of the reason behind this decision is that it seems like real low stove temp is more of a pain maybe that's me or my set up or the reading coal.This morning I went down stairs and start to regret my decision lots of coal left in the stove.So it will probably take me 100 pounds of coal to get it back up and running so I can use the hopper,is it posable to get the coal left in the stove to burn again through a hot coal bed or empty out the stove(pain in the ass)and start all over again when it get cold in 4 days and is this less efficient or more efficient not that every thing is about counting penny's because I do like burning it is very enjoyable to me.

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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 9:56 am

I'd throttle it down as much as possible to maintain draft. Open some windows if it's still too warm in house. That's why we call them window stats :D relighting is a pain, for me, anyway.
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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 9:59 am

Just checked. Thermostat set for 70. It's 72 in the house. Lots of sun coming through the windows!
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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 10:06 am

it's not to warm in my house 68 3800 sq foot ranch stove in the basement.I will be leaving for camp and just thought with warm weather I would let it go out. I open the stove ash door up and see a orange glow think I am going try and getting here going again.

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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 10:09 am

You will learn how to idle it down during warm weather. Coal is very good at it.. I keep fire thru 65 degrees outside without over heating the house. Then increase the burn over night..

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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 10:12 am

Looks like cold weather heading back here after this week. Extended forecast is calling for a low temperature of 10 next Wednesday. For goodness sake,....it's almost March!!! :mad:
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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 10:13 am

Yes so much for global warming lol

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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 10:19 am

Hi bud, I hate shutting down my stove unless it's for the end of the season. It's easier to open a couple windows for a day or two. Don't bother trying to relite the old coal only, I would clean out the stove and relite with new coal and then mix the old coal with new and run it through the hooper that way. The stove may not run as hot but it sounds like the weather is on your side! Good luck, Mike.
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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 12:18 pm

Let the hopper get empty or shovel it out and let the fire go out. To restart shake down the stove and scoop out a hollow in the old coal to light a new fire. Add coal from there.

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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 5:33 pm

Back up and running boy's!
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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 5:54 pm

how long are you planning to need to be gone ?

you can probably tend the stove just before you walk out the door.

shake and completely refill the stove and hopper. set the draft to .05, the intake dial to 2 and it will run for 2.5-3 days.
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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 6:38 pm

.05? Only have mpd. I will turn the stove way down and open damper up half way.

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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 6:50 pm

He's referring to draft pressure as read on a manometer.. -.05 inches of water column..

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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 7:03 pm

Maybe I should look into installing one next year.Would there be a benefit.

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Post Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 7:36 pm

Newcoal wrote:Maybe I should look into installing one next year.Would there be a benefit.
Benefit to a manometer?? Absolutely.. Excessive drafting could be sucking useful heat out the chimney. Inadequate drafting can lead to dead fire or leaking of carbon monoxide into your home. Every coal burner should have one, in my book they are a necessity..

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