How Long Will She Idle?

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 8:33 am

I thought my fire would have gone out by now. The last time I tended the furnace was 60+ hours ago on Sunday evening. I didn't even load it to the gills, but I did put a blanket of fines on top. There was even a short call for heat this morning and the furnace temp rose several degrees. Although, it's unknown at this point if I could rev it up and do a shake without killing it. I intended to let it go out since the next several days don't require any heating but maybe I'll try to revive it this morning. Nighttime lows won't dip under 50 till Saturday night and 80 forecasted for tomorrow.

If I'm not successful with a shake and load today, I'll probably lite back up this weekend for about a week since there are a whole lotta nighttime lows in the 30's after this warm spell.
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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 9:22 am

OMG after 62 hours without any attention whatsoever....

https://youtu.be/QuoKNZjr8_U
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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 10:02 am

Shakedown produced two full ash pans, I added 60 pounds which includes an 8 pound blanket of fines. She's good till at least Friday evening ;)

I guess I'm just coal crazy lol

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 10:20 am

That's pretty good. About a pound of coal an hour.

If that stove had a bigger firebox, you'd be like the Maytag repair man. :lol:

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 10:56 am

Sunny Boy wrote:That's pretty good. About a pound of coal an hour.

If that stove had a bigger firebox, you'd be like the Maytag repair man. :lol:

Paul
Thanks Paul :lol: I had it recover, ran the pipe up to 325 and now we're back down to idle. Convection blowers are off currently. 62 hour burn with recovery is a record for me, albeit at idle, that's gotta be one of the coolest coal tricks I've done so far lol.
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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 11:35 am

Sunny Boy wrote:That's pretty good. About a pound of coal an hour.

If that stove had a bigger firebox, you'd be like the Maytag repair man. :lol:

Paul
...but, but with all the doo-hickiness, mods, add ons, and down right Frankenstienium goings on, our resident Bill Nye may have voided the warranty! :lol: ...no not Bill Nye how about Billy "Idle" ;)

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 11:45 am

Thanks for joining in Mike, funny stuff there! :) actually I attribute the lengthy burn to the blanket of fines I've been putting on top. It slows the burn but keeps the fuel bed healthy at the same time. I have the primary air down to a sliver but left the secondaries wide open to keep the draft moving otherwise the draft would have failed. It spent 8-10 hours each day at -.01 then it would climb up to -.02 to -.03 thru the nighttime.

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 1:00 pm

Only been going 60 hours? You should be good for another 99 years.

https://www.wired.com/2015/03/johnny-haglund-the-earth-is-on-fire/

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 2:29 pm

Lightning wrote:Thanks for joining in Mike, funny stuff there! :) actually I attribute the lengthy burn to the blanket of fines I've been putting on top. It slows the burn but keeps the fuel bed healthy at the same time. I have the primary air down to a sliver but left the secondaries wide open to keep the draft moving otherwise the draft would have failed. It spent 8-10 hours each day at -.01 then it would climb up to -.02 to -.03 thru the nighttime.
I hear yah bro nice set up...having no fines to work with, my box stove runs low and slow with a blanket of ash or the bottom of a bag of TSC as it has been rice size. Next season the Vigilant or base burner replace the box stove, my plan is "no electricity required" to heat the home :)

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 2:40 pm

rberq wrote:Only been going 60 hours? You should be good for another 99 years.

https://www.wired.com/2015/03/johnny-haglund-the-earth-is-on-fire/
Yeah that's neat. It's clear to me the relationship with an underground fire and using a blanket of fines on the fuel bed, that they both contain the heat amongst where the coal is burning.

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 2:41 pm

michaelanthony wrote:Next season the Vigilant or base burner replace the box stove, my plan is "no electricity required" to heat the home
Nice, can't wait to see that partner!

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 6:33 pm

151 over the load door
131 top of the pipe
-.01 draft pressure

That's a death crawl right there lol, suspended animation, hypersleep hibernation....
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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 7:57 pm

Thats impressive Lee :ugeek: now keep up the good work :D

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 8:20 pm

Just don't let it get so low and slow that it puts you into hibernation. ;)

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Post Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 10:14 pm

Keepaeyeonit wrote:Thats impressive Lee :ugeek: now keep up the good work :D
Well, thank you sir :D
Sunny Boy wrote:Just don't let it get so low and slow that it puts you into hibernation. ;)

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I will definitely keep an eye on it^

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