maine2005 wrote:The instructions you sent are perfect, and I'll print 'em out. Just what I needed. The room temp rose to 80 by 10 a.m. and is now 82. We have a ceiling fan going. Top of stove temp has maintained at 500. Back flap is open 1/8", which is the way I left it to run some errands. I had few ashes to empty when we returned from shopping, since I'm not slicing and shaking every 30 minutes! ...<8...Suzanne
Suzanne, a warm
welcome to the club of successful coal burning
I'm glad you've figured it out and made it thru your first full day's burn. It was hard for me to learn that to keep it going the best thing to do was do as little as was necessary
I use to shake it down every four hours and I'd get crunchy ash instead of the more powdery variety. Now I just load it up, damp it down and let it run for 12 - 14 hours before I shake & poke. I'll end up with a full pan (like in the picture) and maybe a bit more until I see some reds in the ash and a nice glow in the ash drop. That's the sign I use to load up, in stages of course. Good for another 12+
Stay warm ... still more winter on the way!