Hotblast Year 3

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 Mon. May. 08, 2017 9:05 am

I did see mine go to .07-.08 yesterday with a real hot fire.

Looks like I can let the fire go out Wednesday.
:D

Gardening season
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Post Mon. May. 08, 2017 9:31 am

Always been rule of thumb with Memorial day beginning gardening season except for in ground stuff if covered. Just sayin
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Post Mon. May. 08, 2017 9:42 am

My dad never put his plants out until Memorial day.
I've tried beating that by jumping the gun but didn't get any more any faster.
Dirt has to be warm enough.
I do have some cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower I can put out real soon.
I have peas and onions in and want to plant some beans.

Mostly just want to get things prepped.

I suspect I'll be working a 72 hour shift over Memorial Day so there won't be much going on
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Post Mon. May. 08, 2017 9:46 am

I'd, also, like to get some more firewood cut so I can play with my new splitter.

Saw the concept of a "solar kiln" to accelerate drying my wood.
One guy said he can dry firewood in 30 days.

I don't need a lot of wood but I'd like to have a little more this year than last.
I have a hate/sort of like with my Hotblast

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Post Mon. May. 08, 2017 11:37 am

Hello Larry. Glad you are having some success with your stove. Most every stove and conditions are unique due to your environment. The working concept is the same but, tuning it is almost always trial and error.
As you know, I'm a fan of a properly installed baro damper. Especially for the type of stoves we have. BUT! (as Paul said) if you are going to burn wood, DON'T USE ONE! That could be bad news if you were to catch a chimney fire!
I would leave the MPD in and leave it wide open has you have been. Just flip it back and forth pretty roughly from time to time so it bangs on the flue pipe to knock any soot build up off of it.
At some point, down the road when you feel like you have a pretty good handle on the burn characteristics of your stove and fuel in all weather conditions, try and use it to help regulate your burn - especially in warmer weather. Others like Don and Fred have good luck with them. My experience with the type of coal i use has not been positive. But again, all stoves tend to have their own personalities... Good luck and have a good summer!

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Post Mon. May. 08, 2017 11:51 am

Burning wood is an insignificant part of my heat so a baro shouldn't make much difference for a chimney fire.
I like to burn a piece or two to give the furnace a heat boost on occasion and it helps to powder everything when I'm ready to burn out.
I shouldn't get much creosote at all

I suspect your baro is helpful to you due to your strong draft.

I don't know why my previous attempts to try your tending and burning didn't work for me but it seems to give me good performance now.
Probably a number of factors.

In this warmer weather I've been using the primary to try to regulate my burn.
Right now I'm getting 8-10 hours pretty easily with a fill up.
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Post Mon. May. 08, 2017 1:17 pm

larryfoster wrote:Burning wood is an insignificant part of my heat so a baro shouldn't make much difference for a chimney fire.
I like to burn a piece or two to give the furnace a heat boost on occasion and it helps to powder everything when I'm ready to burn out.
I shouldn't get much creosote at all

I suspect your baro is helpful to you due to your strong draft.

I don't know why my previous attempts to try your tending and burning didn't work for me but it seems to give me good performance now.
Probably a number of factors.


In this warmer weather I've been using the primary to try to regulate my burn.
Right now I'm getting 8-10 hours pretty easily with a fill up.
Yes. With all the trouble shooting, a lot has changed for the better. Some of which is, you had quite a few pipe leaks hurting the draft, and your ash clearing technique has been improved with the addition of the angled-tip poker.

Paul
So many stoves - so few chimneys. I must be coal-stone crazy.

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Post Mon. May. 08, 2017 3:33 pm

Not sure there were many leaks.
Taping joints doesn't necessarily mean there were leaks in the first place.

I assume that, if leaks were affecting my draft, that would have shown up in my mano.
There were a few, I'm sure

I would agree that cleaning improved performance.

As I said a few posts back, I want to believe most of my issues were operational
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Post Mon. May. 08, 2017 5:19 pm

larryfoster wrote:I want to believe most of my issues were operational
Other than your clogged pipe, I would have to agree. This awareness will help you in the long run.

Hoping not to fuel the baro/MPD war but in my opinion a baro can only make a good thing better because it takes out a variable. We have enough variables to deal with. Eliminating draft fluctuation makes the stove that much more predictable. I'd put a baro on any coal stove. I can't think of any situation where a baro would be an impediment other than low slow burns in warm weather (because of the gap around the door) in which case the MPD would be wide open anyways. Speedracer says it's especially good in warm weather, but the other end of his chimney vents into the vacuum of space lol. If yer in a hurry to recover a fire you just pin it shut. I pinned mine shut maybe twice over the whole winter, other than that I brushed the fly ash off the backside of the baro door once every couple weeks. Using bituminous, you might wanna brush the baro door once week.

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