A friend of mine has a Franco. He used it for a month, then replaced it with a different stove.... not that he wasn't happy with the Franco, he was going through a "buy a solid fuel appliance every two weeks" phase and rotated the Franco Belge to his shop that he only heats occasionally. But, part of the reason to move it down the line was that he's not living at the spot with the stove is and he pretty quickly found it likes to be shaken about every 6 hours. If he shook it often and kept the ashes from building up til they touched the grates, it burned beautifully, although it's not a high output machine.
The feed plate has three settings, small for pea, large for nut, medium for large pea or small nut? My friend ran only pea.
grobinson2 wrote:Also what is the steel plate that sits in the back of the stove and folds down over the ash grates?
I thought that was part of the feed mechanism. Can you post a photo?
Did you make sure the back elbows are clean?