I'm agreed on keeping the lid on as much as possible, especially if unattended. Right now my 'office' is ten feet away from the boiler, so I am keeping close watch
Also, I've seen a lot of commentary on "draft". So far, I haven't addressed it other than the initial installation. My exhaust piping comes from the thimble in the chimney straight out, horizontal w/ a few degrees of rise toward the chimney about 3 1/2 feet to a T. The horizontal leg terminates in a Type RC barometric draft control and the bottom leg of the T goes out toward the boiler about 45deg to a 45deg El and then straight into the top of the boiler (approx 18 in from the boiler to the horizontal leg). All in all its a pretty short run to the chimney. I have the Adj Weight on the Baro. mounted on the let side with the weight fixed at the 2/4 positon(pretty much as far as it will go). I haven't done anything further at this point.
Can you direct me to any posts that detail/explain how to check my draft. I don't currently have a manometer, but would get one readily. Any suggestions on a manufacturer and model?
As I come to the end of my first week of burning coal, my ash bins have a lot of unspent coal. This may be due to the fact that my boiler is rarely running due to the warm temps outside and of course the first ash bin was largely due to startup. But, the ashes I pulled out last night are full of unspent coal. So it doesn't seem I'm burning efficiently. I have the Thermo-ash monitoring control kit and I'm running the 5gpm domestic HW coil. I have yet to read up on the Thermo-Ash monitoring system... I don't know how to interpret the digital readout temps and what they mean or tell me.
I'll keep reading previous posts in order to learn... and any direction from you all is greatly appreciated!