lowfog01 wrote:I personally don’t believe there is a difference in the long run. I’m in and out of the house all day long. If I know I’ll be gone for a few hours I load the stove up and get a steady burn at 350* stove top and a room temperature of 85* which lasts for up to 12 hours. If I am around the house I’ll tend the fire a little more closely – adding coal and shaking more often - maintaining a thinner coal bed with a steady burn at 350* stove top and a room temperature of 85*. At the end of the 24 hour period I’ve still only burned 40lbs of coal while maintaining my temperatures. It all boils down to how much effort do I want to put into the stove on any given day? Lisa
I'm with you Lisa. I don't think it really matters in the long run. I'm guessing at this: My uncle tends his Mark 111 every 12 hours. If he's going to be home during the really cold days, sometimes he'll throw a little coal on, 3 or 4 times during that 12 hours. He claims his fire stays hotter. No matter how he tends his stove, he uses about the same amount of coal year after year. My thinking would be; what's the difference? Run a smaller fire hotter, or a bigger fire lower? BTU's are BTU's, right? Maybe I'm just spoiled by my gravity fed hoppers.