Keep It Going When It's Warm Outside???

Keep It Going When It's Warm Outside???

PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Mon. Nov. 06, 2006 4:21 pm

OK…..So what should I do???
I hear about some of you folks burnin’ the coal year round (as your water boiler too, I guess )……..and then in the next thread I read how warmer temps can seriously effect/hinder your coal performance. And maybe even kill chimney draft all together?
So what am I to do later this week when our outside temps are supposed to maybe reach into the high 60’s or maybe even 70’s? Can I keep my fire going at a minimum in the warmer temps? I have a hand fired Harman insert. Is it safe?
Gary in Pennsylvania

Re: Keep It Going When It's Warm Outside???

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon. Nov. 06, 2006 4:43 pm

Gary, you may find that at the minimum draft that the stove will keep burning, will be too hot in the house.

Since you have a hand fired stove, it's not a big deal at all to relight it.

I've just let the fire go out in my boiler. With the outside temps at 65* day and 50 at night, the prpane boiler is only going to light off for maybe two 15 minute burns during the night.

It seems silly to keep a boiler full of water cooking at 150* to be used less than an hour in 24.

I'll fire up the boiler again next friday or saturday when it is supposed to drop into the thirties again overnight.

It may be a good time to experiment and see just how low you can keep your Harman going. But you may have draft issues if you are just maintaining a fire.

Take care, Greg L

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