Firebox Capacity Shrinking

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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slabadie
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Stove/Furnace Make: New Yorker
Stove/Furnace Model: WC 90 Fuel Saver
Location: Stroudsburg, PA

Post Mon. Dec. 08, 2008 2:23 pm

I have a New Yorker WC90, it holds 40lbs of coal. I can't get all the ash down when I shake the grates and there seems to be alot of coal that hasn't burned along the perimeter of the firebox. Is there anything I can to maximize my coal capcity?

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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000
Location: SE Massachusetts

Post Mon. Dec. 08, 2008 2:40 pm

slabadie wrote:I have a New Yorker WC90, it holds 40lbs of coal. I can't get all the ash down when I shake the grates and there seems to be alot of coal that hasn't burned along the perimeter of the firebox. Is there anything I can to maximize my coal capcity?
Yes.....open the ash door & get a good lively fie going & then poke down into the fire from the top. Dig down into the sides & twist the poker as you do this, to break up any clinkers/clumps. Then shake down & you have a nice clean coal bed. If you do this every few days, as part of your normal shake down procedure, you'll always keep your stove pretty free of excess ash.
The key to this is too only do it when you have a good, lively fire going or you could smother your fire.
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