We purchased a Harman mark II. I installed the stove last weekend. Being that it was new I wanted to season the paint. (This is what I told the wife
Well it burns very easily even with these high temps. I'm in the Mountains but even so the highs are in the low 70's. Plenty of draft. I'm suprised because my wood stove never drafted this well. Maybe it's due to the high amount of over fire air in the wood stove? who knows. Here is how I start it. I cover the whole botton of the stove with coal except a small area in the middle of the fire box. Here I put a few pieces of wood. Like a small hand full. Light it with the propane torch. Wait a few like 3-4 minutes and start putting coal on slow. This catches the coal fast. I figure the coal piled around the box consentrates the air flow. So I got the stove to burn for 2 days at a very low output. like 150-180 stove temp. I was seasoning it after all and wanted to bring the temp. up very slow. So it wasn't a "problem" that it went out. Here is the question....
When the stove is run this low does it have a tendency to fill the bed with ash? It seems that it will run good for the 2 days but then it just chokes itself out. I'm was shaking the stove down every 24 hours the first time. Then the second time it was every 12 hours. But the result was still the same. Now this past monday I finally heated the stove up some 350F. It held this all day. I started it at about 10:30AM. Just before bed I opened the ash door and let it get hot. It was almost instantly. So I shook it down just a bit and closed the door and damped it back a bit for the night. (yes I still had the windows open.) I woke up to find the fire out and the stove stone cold. Yesterday I cleaned the stove out after work to find the whole thing just choked with ash.
What am I doing wrong? I shake it till coals start to fall. Do I need to shake it more? From every thing I've read you shouldn't have to shake it a lot.