Dont Be Afraid of Your Fire

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. Oct. 20, 2008 10:08 pm

If your chimney is that strong, put in a 5" to 6" adapter and use a 6" baro.

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Post Mon. Oct. 20, 2008 10:28 pm

Richard wrote:
some idiot coming over and kicking a fire I just spent half an hour coaxing to life.

Sounds like a pet peeve, huh?

Ok here is my peeve. The jerk who fills his coffee mug while the pot is still brewing so the rest of us get to drink hot water. I work with this guy. He is gonna get punched one day. :mad:
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Post Mon. Oct. 20, 2008 10:35 pm

The RC model baro dose come in a 4" or 5" also the model RCBT comes in a 4" or 5" you also should size your baro to the size of the chimney your have look at the charts on the Field controls site below

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Post Mon. Oct. 20, 2008 10:43 pm

Cap wrote:Sounds like a pet peeve, huh?

Well when you just spent a couple hours traipsing through the woods in 1.5 foot of snow with case of beer and all you stuff strapped to your back, it's 20 degrees out and takes a good hour to get a nice fire going and some jackass new guy knocks the fire down into the nice wet ground below it we have problem. :lol: True story and it happened more than once.
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Post Mon. Oct. 20, 2008 10:56 pm

Coal Berner,

Thanks for the link. I'll check the local HVAC supply. They should have something useful.

Keep warm,

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Post Tue. Oct. 21, 2008 5:13 am

tsb, the Field type M draft damper does not use a Tee. You cut a hole into the pipe and bolt on a shroud that comes with the damper. I'm pretty that with minor modification a 6" would wrap onto and fit a 5" pipe.
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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 2:18 pm

Figured I'd bump this up since so many new people have their stoves lit now.
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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 3:05 pm

some jackass new guy knocks the fire down into the nice wet ground below it we have problem.

Boots surreptitiously removed from drunks burn quite well.

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Post Wed. Dec. 10, 2008 8:00 pm

Do the boots require an under fire draft or over fire draft?? :lol:

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Post Thu. Dec. 11, 2008 10:39 am

This thread has it all. Coal tending theories...humor...even one scary looking homemade baro that scares the hell out of me. The title of the thread should be "Stay away from my fire or I'll kick your ash!"
You can put your boots in the oven, but that don't make 'em Biscuits - Grandma

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