I do know first hand how frustrating it can be to learn a new stove. Especially so when there's an unidentified problem in the system. Honestly, when I started burning coal in this stove as the dealer's help had it set up, I couldn't go 4 hours on a burn - and got little heat too
I found numerous things wrong with the installation by thinking it thru over a few weeks. Here's a short list of what I dealt with: 1)nickle under the leg instead of leveling it with the bolt - took the 5 cent piece (wanted to do something special with it
) and set level with a wrench 2) reducing plate still in place even though I asked it to be set up for anthracite - removed it 3)clean out cover plate missing - found it and reinstalled 4) here's the kicker - double wall SS stove pipe chimney connector had been placed on the collar and there was ~ 1/4" slop and draft was being siphoned off - remove it (it was 6' away from a chimney
) and reinstalled/adjusted DWSS pipe. Finally after all that, I had consistent draft and could burn. Using Reading coal in cold weather ( 25-50) I could get 12-14 hr burns on a full load. Recently got a load of Superior nut and yesterday it ran for 17 hrs on ~ 40 Lb; ~ 30@ 0500hr + [email protected]
and put out consistent stove top temps of ~700 till 2230hr. It can be done! See pic series here ---> Vermont Castings Vigilant coal stove
Sorry if I missed it, but what "brand" of coal are you using?