Your advise has worked really well , last night I tore apart the stove and cleaned out every square inch. I built a nice bed of hot coals using match light to get it going. I also took LsFarm's advice
and closed my hand damper about 1/4 of the way and had the ash door open.
The result .....550*and climbing this stove's first time ever since I got it BELTING OUT HEAT LIKE CRAZY!! (finally I'm starting to think like a coal burning Jedi!..Not Wood)...lol I actually started to get a little concerned when I saw the stat on the flu pipe climbing towards the 625* marker (the stat is marked OVERBURN ZONE at 600* to 900*)
the stat is located after the damper and to top it all off it was warm outside 40* yesterday.
I did bank the coal new stuff piled to the top of the brick sloping to the front of the stove where I could still just see red glowing coals through a layer of new pea coal on top. That hint worked real good thanks coaledsweat
, I have to retract my earilier comment
i can comfortabily say my stove cant get any where near those temps as things are right now
I was way off on that one My stove can
get That hot and quick too!
Like most things in life, the machine will do whatever the operator instructs it to as best as it can with a " :newb: " at the controls not having a clue as to what they should be doing
I'm picking up 10 bags of "NUT" coal this weekend going to give it a try.
A buddy of mine mentioned he burned it, that it burns considerably hotter then pea coal and is a bit eaiser to control (snuffing out the bed of coals).
he also mentioned that a coal fire is much hotter then a wood fire, one of the reasons power co's like PSNH use it for power generation among other reasons.
O' yeah I was able to run the stove with the ash door shut and the vent open and the damper closed 1/3, I did have a small fan blowing into the open vent though.
Found burning coal this morning. I put a hod in at 9:00pm. last night was still burning at 5:30 this morning an 8 hour burn, stat was down to 130* (cold), fire came back up with a little maintenance. threw another hod in, shook it down, came to work. The Mrs. said stat was at 400* when she checked it at 7:00
so far so good..... 8)