Got some magnetic thermometers. After getting a good wood fire going and building up a bed of wood coals and letting the fresh stuff burn down, the outlet pipe temp is between 125 and 250 depending on how close you are to the stove (125 being right at the wall and 250 near the stove) The barrel temp is between 350 and 600, again depending on where you measure it. 600 is right at the outlet where it goes to the recirculator/base portion, and 350 near the top of the stove. Moving the dampers I can get it much higher, but for now thoes are my idle numbers.
I'm getting 3-4 hours before I need to load a few more logs. Coals may last 5-6 hours. It sure is a pain to load logs in. Especially since I cut mine fairly long last year.
It is heating a 1000 sqft basement. I'm leaving the door for the upstairs open. The basement is a comfy 76 and I notice the furnace is not running much to heat the upstairs. High temps have been in the low 50's and lows in the low 40's. Moderate sunshine.
I did a bit of work to the ash door. Took a grinder to it and squared it up a bit. Closes pretty good now, still a bit of gap but much tighter. Now for the latch, I don't think it is the original. The hole it needs to fit in is too small. I see where they ground on it some. It really doesn't latch right now that the door closes further. I think I need to weld some more metal on it and grind a bit off of the inside of the stove. Pretty sure it will work then.
Are there any real thin gaskets or something I could use to close up any remaining gaps in the door?
Planning a trip out east to a breaker to get a load of anthracite in the next few weeks. Probably just wait till then to see how it does on coal!
Seems my smoke problems were mostly operator error and trying to correct for the ash door by dampering the exhust. Probably have to learn all again once I get some coal
Any opinions on my temperatures? Are they were they should be? Thanks!