Bloodshot eyes? Maybe from watching the Phillies lose last night. The game wasn't over till almost midnight.
I had to build the bin within space parameters and to hold as much coal as possible because we will use alot. It takes all of one minute to rake enough coal into the trap for about 4 days in this weather, no shoveling at all. That still allows me 7 hrs and 59 minutes to get other stuff done at work.
Problem was that I can only go so high and still get the chute into the window, 4 tons into the bin and maybe another 12 tons for the rest of the winter. If I didn't have inner part of the bin boarded up, it would feed 2 tons on its own, but I would regret that decision if something got into the end of the pipe and I had to shovel out the bin. In any case, it has to be better than dumping bags into a 55 gal drum.
I'm running 6 teeth and 10 air. It's as high as I can go on the feed without having live coals fall off the edge. Any air setting less than that and the coal won't burn well. Blaschak coal. The unit has been running for 3 weeks now.