mythreesons wrote:So, are you saying I shouldn't be burning anthracite?
I'm not saying that at all. My point is if the manufacturer told you it won't be able to keep anthracite going it's because of the stove not the coal.
He strongly recommended getting the draft induction fan/blower to help aid the firing process.
Hand fired stoves designed for anthracite do not need this. You put the coal in and set the draft... done. The air feeds from the bottom, I'll assume you do not have a draft below the grates on this unit?
If I keep a good ash bed on top of my grates which I believe is the proper procedure anyways, my grates should be fine, is this true?
If they told you you can burn anthracite I'd go with whatever they have said. I'd imagine since you can burn bitumnous in it anthacite would make no difference. My reference to melting the grates could be applied to any fuel if left unchecked, I was just trying to point out if the stove can't keep anthracite going then it's not because of the anthracite..
One thing to note though in case anyone with a stove that srtictly burns wood.... most wood stoves cannot accomodate coal and you will destroy the grates.
Moving it back to anthracite....
Sorry, by your post I thought you were using bituminous.