Grate Shaking--Video of Chimney

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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Ashcat
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Post Sat. Jan. 24, 2009 10:26 am

I always wondered what, if anything, comes out of the chimney when I shake the grates. I hope that most of the fly ash goes up and out, rather than settle back down at the bottom of the chimney or in the stove. This AM I took some HD video while I shook the grates. I left a window open so you can hear when the grates are being shook.

Looks like a fair amount of ash does indeed come out. I left the camera on when I loaded the stove right after shaking, but that was boring because nothing in the way of smoke came out--so I edited that out.

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titleist1
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Post Sat. Jan. 24, 2009 11:53 am

Interesting video, I've always wondered about that myself, but with the stove in the basement, I couldn't run fast enough to get outside to see it! By the way, did you let your wife off the roof yet? I tried to get mine to sit up there while I was shaking the stove, but she wouldn't go for it. She was muttering something about the 5* temps....whatta wimp. :D
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Post Sat. Jan. 24, 2009 1:30 pm

Cool. I always wondered too.

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Post Sat. Jan. 24, 2009 1:51 pm

If ash comes out of your chimney, where does it settle? On your roof?

I have no ash leaving mine.

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Post Sat. Jan. 24, 2009 2:24 pm

There is your argument for a " girly man" stove. Though I suspect that even when burning, some ash must make it's way
up and out.

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Post Sat. Jan. 24, 2009 3:28 pm

titleist1 wrote: By the way, did you let your wife off the roof yet?
Amazing how still she can hold the camera, no? :)
arcticcatmatt wrote:If ash comes out of your chimney, where does it settle? On your roof?
I think mostly it's scattered to the four winds, but I do see some fly ash on the deck--not enough for anyone else to notice and comment on. I've noticed, but I'm not intending to bring it up :lol:

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Post Sun. Jan. 25, 2009 10:35 am

Ashcat you're the coolest, with your comprehensive experiments the rest of slackers can just sit back, relax and rely on your data to make our own systems run as efficiently as possible :cheers:

If I were a bettin man I would say you are some sort of scientist or engineer
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Post Sun. Jan. 25, 2009 7:16 pm

Thanks for the feedback, and :cheers: :cheers: back at you, Millworker. Good guess--for a while after my schooling I did (neuroscience) research, but no longer.

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