Managing Low Slow Burns

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Post By: Lightning » Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 11:32 am

I'm starting to wonder if I'll loose the fire down this low. I'm gonna leave it alone unless it continues to fall.
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Primary air as low as it will go.
Secondary air wide open.
Draft diverter is open.
It's windy so draft is fluctuating between -.01 and -.03

No visible red coals and the blowers aren't toggling on at all.

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Post By: freetown fred » Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 12:02 pm

And the old HITZER purr's along--I can put my hand on the stove body for a short time--stove pipe warm. Got one window-stat open in the stove room. 70* here on the hill, good wind blowin. Nice bed of red below fresh coal from this AM. House at 70* & real comfy.

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Post By: joeq » Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 4:04 pm

And tomorrow you'll be warmed and ready for the new cold frt comin in. :yes:

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Post By: freetown fred » Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 4:32 pm

Indeed I will be J. Got my 12--5 gal. pails filled & we're set. THis current drizzle is starting to turn to snow & sleet. Think I'll stay in tonight. Had our Volunteer Ambulance banquet Sat. night. Roads were pretty clear when I got to Greek Peak but 4 hrs later drove home in 8" of fresh snow--plows had not been out yet. Interesting journey!! LOL

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Post By: Lightning » Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 8:50 pm

Yep, she idled all day that low. Unbelievable. Even in my 7th year I'm still impressed with what you can do with coal.
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I'm currently revving up the fire for tending. It's neat watching a cold black fuel bed come back to life from hibernation.
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Post By: ddahlgren » Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 9:45 pm

I like your thing Kingcoal. The battle ship tending method. Just like firing out of a 16 inch gun the whole bag of powder goes in bag and all.. LOL

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Post By: joeq » Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 11:41 pm

Hey Lee, that is the "cleanest" ash pan chamber I've ever seen. The floor under my stove isn't that clean. And the bottom of your grates are glowing "almost" as much as I use-ta when I was dating my wife. (More than a couple years ago). :D

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Post By: titleist1 » Thu. Feb. 22, 2018 7:36 am

joeq wrote:
Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 11:41 pm
Hey Lee, that is the "cleanest" ash pan chamber I've ever seen. The floor under my stove isn't that clean. And the bottom of your grates are glowing "almost" as much as I use-ta when I was dating my wife. (More than a couple years ago). :D
The floor under my couch isn't that clean!! :D

Very impressive low burning there Mr. Lightning!! :yes:

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Post By: Lightning » Thu. Feb. 22, 2018 6:25 pm

:lol: Thanks fellas! I sweep under the grates with a BBQ brush. I like to keep it clean so that radiant heat from above can soak the floor of the fire box. I also keep the ash pan outside the stove between tendings. The only time the ash pan is in the stove is while I'm clearing ash.
ddahlgren wrote:
Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 9:45 pm
I like your thing Kingcoal. The battle ship tending method. Just like firing out of a 16 inch gun the whole bag of powder goes in bag and all.. LOL
I'm not sure who you were directing this to, were you commenting about the pail with the tin chute I use to fill the stove?

Nice to hear from you, I hope yer doing okay. ;)

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Post By: charlesosborne2002 » Mon. Jul. 30, 2018 6:32 pm

I have a new Vigilant II, not used yet. We have mild periods through the fall, winter, and spring. Do you say this stove can just be turned down for a couple of days and still be lit? Tractor Supply is my only source too (Fulton County KY).
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My box stove is 35 ish yrs old so things aren't so square and tight, it requires using the small 'nut and pea mix that comes in the Tractor supply bags of 'nut instead of the stove size I normally use and closing the primary tight. A little more secondary air, an adjustment on both the baro and the mpd as well depending on the wind.
...now the Vigilant is a different story, I just close the bi-metal flap and do nothing for a couple of days.

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Post By: franco b » Wed. Aug. 01, 2018 11:20 am

That secondary burn is really impressive.

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Post By: joeq » Wed. Aug. 01, 2018 3:58 pm

Hey Lee, you're not fired up already, are ya? Are you doin the DHW thing?

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