Richard S. wrote:Nice tutorial Devil but truthfully I think some of you guys go a little overboard in the ways you do things. Course what works for one stove....
I agree Richard....It's not rocket science......BUT.....other than starting a coal fire, I think most problems with new coal burners are caused by improper shaking down/refilling technique.
1. Not waiting for the fire to liven up b4 shaking down & killing their fire or spending hours trying to revive it.
2. Not poking or shaking down enough to get rid of enough ash (& thus not enough stove real estate left for fresh coal)
3. Burying their fire so deep with fresh coal that volatile gases build up & explode in "Puff-Backs"
I figure it's one thing to "Read" about it but another to actually SEE:
how much do you shake?
How much ember should fall?
Should you poke? (how hard, etc)
How fast can you reload your stove without puff-backs or wasting way to much time? (after reading many posts, i get the idea that many new coal burners are very tentative with their fire & think it's fragile!.......They will spend HOUR
S refilling their stoves (per many posts) & many are afraid to fill the stove all the way up)
Many "former wood burners" figure that more fuel=more heat & are afraid to fill their coal stoves up completely, or they'll lose control of the fire. (like with wood) I've practically had to threaten the lives of some newbies to fill their stove up or I'd come over & do physical harm to them!)
I always tell them that being afraid to fill your coal stove up completely is like being afraid to fill your car's gas tank up fully because it will drive to fast with a full tank!
(a full coal stove will just burn LONGER
, not hotter)