Serdiac Gotha 713 Fire in the Hopper? Could Use Some Help

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 9:21 am

How about an update Vermonster.

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 3:09 pm

I have an update. I fill the hopper everytime I shake it now. Stove is making good heat running about 250 degrees on stovepipe about 20" above stove outlet. What I am finding out is that I have to shake the grates about every 6 hours. Went to bed last night at 12midnight shook the grates then filled er up. I have today off so I got up about 8. When I checked out stove I could see no bright ash. I shook the grate and It took right off burning good. I am using kimmel pea coal from agway. It seems like it has lots of ash. Should I switch to a different coal? The blashak coal I started out with was nice and dry the kimmel coal seems like it is oily. I don't know, I am on my fourth day burning coal. While I'm at is merry christmas to everybody. If it wasn't for this site I would be scratching my bald head even more. Again thanks for all the help. Vermonster
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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 3:34 pm

I think you have to lower the thermostat a bit to get longer burn times. 250 degrees on the stack is a bit high for that stove. Do a thorough job on clearing the ash. You might try Blaschak again to compare.

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 3:45 pm

I will lower the damper on the stove and give it a try. I did install a manual damper on the stove pipe. Should I choke that a bit? I know many people on here do not like using a manual damper on coal stove I by no means want to start a flame war. Thanks


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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 3:51 pm

My Surdiacs draft only operates at the manufacturers recommendations of -.04, when the MPD is "almost" fully closed. And now that my 6" pipe is cleared of all ash build-up, it won't go below -.06, even with the damper fully shut. (Which I won't do, so I crack it open a touch).

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 3:56 pm

Thanks for all the help joeq. So you use your damper on the stovepipe and close it up a bit?

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 3:57 pm

Ok so as stated the first post implies he saw glowing coal IN the hopper. Is that true?

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 3:58 pm

Vermonster wrote:Thanks for all the help joeq. So you use your damper on the stovepipe and close it up a bit?
Unless you have very high draft the thermostat alone should handle the fire without a manual damper.


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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 3:59 pm

Where the hell ya been Lee :clap: toothy That problem was solved. ;)

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 4:01 pm

Solved? Nobody questioned the glowing coal in the hopper. I didn't think it was suppose to glow there lol.

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 4:03 pm

Lightning wrote:Solved? Nobody questioned the glowing coal in the hopper. I didn't think it was suppose to glow there lol.
With the hopper low on coal it is normal to see glowing coal when looking down through it.

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 4:05 pm

Ok sorry for questioning the obvious lol. Thanks for the explanation :D

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 4:13 pm

I panicked a little bit lee! The hopper was way down low. I just went down and turned the dial down on the stove so it is just cracked and closed my pipe damper down a bit. Well see how it goes.

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