Plate Inside SCR

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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MidnightMadman
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Post Sat. Jan. 03, 2009 9:35 am

Do you guys think I should be using the plate that sits across the top of the Gibraltar SCR? Im really not sure of the purpose. I sits across the outlet inside . I think it is supposed to keep more heat in the stove?
I lost my burn again this morning. A stove full of gray half burnt coal
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Post Sat. Jan. 03, 2009 10:42 am

Yes, you should be using it. The plate is a baffle, it's purpose is to increase the length of time the gases flow inside the boiler (longer path) to retain the heat as much as possible. If your coal is grey, you are at the end of the fire. You need more fuel or a slower burn to correct it. Do you have a barometric damper?
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Post Sat. Jan. 03, 2009 11:07 am

coaledsweat wrote:Yes, you should be using it. The plate is a baffle, it's purpose is to increase the length of time the gases flow inside the boiler (longer path) to retain the heat as much as possible. If your coal is grey, you are at the end of the fire. You need more fuel or a slower burn to correct it. Do you have a barometric damper?


I don't have a damper. I slowed it down as much as possible last night. I filled it at about 11 and when I went down at 5 am it was dead.
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Post Sat. Jan. 03, 2009 1:12 pm

I lost my burn again this morning. A stove full of gray half burnt coal


Seems we have discussed this before:

Having Trouble Keeping Temp Down

Gray Coal in Morning

Do you have a barometric damper on it yet? If so what's the draft reading between the baro and the stove? If not you will continue to have problems with the stove overfiring and with short burn times, no matter what you do.
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Post Sat. Jan. 03, 2009 1:16 pm

coaledsweat wrote:Yes, you should be using it. The plate is a baffle, it's purpose is to increase the length of time the gases flow inside the boiler (longer path) to retain the heat as much as possible. If your coal is grey, you are at the end of the fire. You need more fuel or a slower burn to correct it. Do you have a barometric damper?

coaledsweat is right on here. I still think you should get a baro damper (if you only burn hard coal) to help control the burn.
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