Managing Low Slow Burns

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Post Mon. Mar. 27, 2017 10:08 pm

It might be your browser Fred. My more smilies works fine using google.... Perhaps you were hacked by the EPA! :shock: :eek2: :fear:

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Post Mon. Mar. 27, 2017 10:29 pm

Hmmmm, interesting! Thanx W.

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Post Mon. Mar. 27, 2017 10:53 pm

Thanks for the replies fellas lol. Paul and his puns never cease to amaze me :lol: and Fred I'm still putting thought into that electric shaker, I think a jig saw will part of that somehow.
oliver power wrote:By the way Lightning; What HITZER model were you thinking?
I've had my eye on the 82FA so far.

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Post Mon. Mar. 27, 2017 11:04 pm

freetown fred wrote:Oh, I get it. That was a pun right??? LOL where the hell did my "more smilies" go?????????????????? RICHARD??????????? Damn, my trademark, GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
There's no pullin' the wool over your eyes. ;) Opps,.... I made a sheep joke. :oops:

I hope ewe can forgive me. :D

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Post Mon. Mar. 27, 2017 11:13 pm

Nice choice L :out:
Lightning wrote:......I've had my eye on the 82FA so far.

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Post Tue. Mar. 28, 2017 8:22 am

Gonna be time to let half the firebox ash up and only feed half the stove. Did that the last two years. It worked out great. Can't use the shaker to de-ash, you have to slice and dice. If you used the shaker you lose the side with nothing but ash. :lol:

It's a lot more convenient that putting in firebrick don't ya know? :P

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Post Tue. Mar. 28, 2017 2:14 pm

blrman07 wrote:Gonna be time to let half the firebox ash up and only feed half the stove. Did that the last two years. It worked out great. Can't use the shaker to de-ash, you have to slice and dice. If you used the shaker you lose the side with nothing but ash. :lol:

It's a lot more convenient that putting in firebrick don't ya know? :P
Yeah that's an awesome idea too. I've been wondering if I could cover half the grate area with a steel plate. I have the "V" shaped fire bed so a piece of steel wide enough to wedge against the sides a couple inches above the grate would leave room to continue using the shaker. :)

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Post Thu. Mar. 30, 2017 7:20 pm

blrman07 wrote:Gonna be time to let half the firebox ash up and only feed half the stove.
Yes, I started doing this at the end of last year. I let the ash build up around the outside edge, it makes a little cone shaped nest for the actively burning coal and just fill up on top of that then poke from underneath just in the center. Works very nicely for a slow and low burn.

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Post Thu. Mar. 30, 2017 9:29 pm

Lightning wrote:Yeah that's an awesome idea too. I've been wondering if I could cover half the grate area with a steel plate. I have the "V" shaped fire bed so a piece of steel wide enough to wedge against the sides a couple inches above the grate would leave room to continue using the shaker. :)
Lee, could you disconnect the back grate and stack fire brick in half of the grate area? This way nothing gets moved around back there when you shake.

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Post Thu. Mar. 30, 2017 10:00 pm

Lightning wrote:
blrman07 wrote:Gonna be time to let half the firebox ash up and only feed half the stove. Did that the last two years. It worked out great. Can't use the shaker to de-ash, you have to slice and dice. If you used the shaker you lose the side with nothing but ash. :lol:

It's a lot more convenient that putting in firebrick don't ya know? :P
Yeah that's an awesome idea too. I've been wondering if I could cover half the grate area with a steel plate. I have the "V" shaped fire bed so a piece of steel wide enough to wedge against the sides a couple inches above the grate would leave room to continue using the shaker. :)
Sort of what I did but I found firebrick performs better. Ash can bleed draft off the fire to a small extent, brick doesn't. Not always evident but it can make a little difference on the warm days when draft is at a premium.

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Post Thu. Mar. 30, 2017 10:19 pm

michaelanthony wrote:Lee, could you disconnect the back grate and stack fire brick in half of the grate area? This way nothing gets moved around back there when you shake.
I don't think my grates will come apart. I have them drilled and tapped with set screws. Those screws aren't gonna come loose after the abuse they've taken with heat and shaking. :oops:

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Post Fri. Mar. 31, 2017 6:53 am

That would work well with my 50-93 MA--Got a pin & cotter pin connecting the 2 grates. :)

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Post Fri. Mar. 31, 2017 3:48 pm

freetown fred wrote:That would work well with my 50-93 MA--Got a pin & cotter pin connecting the 2 grates. :)
I've thought of disconnecting the 50-93 linkage, but never did. That's where the 30-95 shines with its single grate, low fire burning.

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Post Fri. Mar. 31, 2017 4:14 pm

Scott, tell that to my 50-93 when it's -20 out!! :lol:

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Post Fri. Mar. 31, 2017 8:51 pm

I'm still adding the blanket of fines. It's been working out well. Even cut coal usage since it's not overheating the house. Not all of the fines get burned, probably half. The rest fall thru during the heave and shake and end up in the ashes. But hey, it's a triple win, cut coal usage, maintain a healthy low fire and putting the fines to good use :D

A few pics thru the window after recovery. The secondary pipes really strutting their stuff with the volatile gases forced to the sides of the fuel bed.
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