Spring must be just around the corner - not many people signing on for the morning coffee - I take that to mean people are getting out and about more. We went down to Norfolk for a wedding. Friends and family came from as far a way as CA. I'm always amazed at the speed with which we can travel now. My grandmother - born in 1900 - never traveled more then 50 miles from the place she was born.
Anyway, news on the coal stove front - I banked it with pea coal and turned the air input way down before we left. When we got back it still had a red glow in the ash pan and plenty of coal left to burn. It's a cool 65* in the house but the natural gas did not come on. I think I could have gotten the same 37 hour burn but a warmer house if I had opened the air vent a little more. I just wouldn't have had as much coal left over. I think I would have appreciated the warmth more then the coal savings being that it's been drizzling all day. I have to zero in on the air to heat ratio just a little. I'm refining my body of knowledge of coal burning everyday.
For some unknown reason my husband is beginning to take an interest in the coal stove
and told me he had read on the "forum" that when bringing a fire back from a long idle you should do one or two long pulls on the ash grates so that the draft can get through. We did that but it still took an hour with the ash door open to get the blue ladies dancing. During that time I would periodically close the ash door while opening the load door in an effort to stop any puff back. I think it worked somewhat because although they did appear with a whoosh when the blue ladies finally showed up it wasn't nearly as strong as the puff back I had on Friday.
I hope everyone has a great week. Lisa