Making Room for Surdiac Gotha 513

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ElCamMan515
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker K-Lite
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Pea Anthracite
Location: North Norwich, NY

Post Wed. Feb. 01, 2017 6:14 pm

Good evening all,

Made my 1st mistake of the season today. With the business of having a 8 month old after I riddled the Surdiac this morning I must have forgotten to fill the hopper. Came home to a very live stove so I riddled it as normal, I opened the top of stove, looked into hopper and all I saw was glowing coal and dancing blues. Looked in the front glass and coal was down below hopper opening. :oops: I am glad it wasn't dead when I got home and it was easy to fill and we are back to normal.

Will definitely remember to fill hopper at each tending from now on.

Tim

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: G111, Southard Robertson
Stove/Furnace Make: Thermopride
Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired
Location: Northern CT

Post Wed. Feb. 01, 2017 7:59 pm

Better that you "forgot" to fill the hopper Tim, rather than forgetting to close your MPD, or ash pan door. :shock: :D

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker K-Lite
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Pea Anthracite
Location: North Norwich, NY

Post Mon. Apr. 17, 2017 8:05 pm

Good evening all,

Weather has been relatively nice the past weekend so I shut down the Surdiac to clean it out. Plan was to possibly shut down for the season, but tonight's low is going to be around 33°, wife said she was chilly.

I was all game for reliting and figured I'd experiment. I loaded the stove up with nut up to the hopper and then filled the hopper with pea. Shall see how it runs with a firebed of nut.

Tim


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Location: Northern CT

Post Tue. Apr. 18, 2017 6:21 am

Now there's a novel idea Tim. Can't wait to hear the results. "Theoretically" you should have a hotter fire. See if you can notice the difference. If nothing more, it should at least look better. Good luck. :)

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker K-Lite
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Pea Anthracite
Location: North Norwich, NY

Post Tue. Apr. 18, 2017 4:27 pm

Hello all,

Surdiac ran good all night. Didn't see any real difference in heat output with a firebox full of nut compared to pea. One thing I did like was it took less time to fill firebox during reliting. For short burns straight nut size maybe an option going forward.

Tim

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