Santiago wrote:I replaced the stove with a new Hitzer 82 UL that I am starting for the first time. I am having a little problem getting it started, but there is, of course, a new learning curve. There are many more air adjustments on this stove and the directions are limited.
The grate area on the model 82 is very large, I used to put a few inches of coal on the entire grate, then clear an area in the center to start a wood fire. This helped prevent the air from going through the grates and bypassing the coal fire. Also, these stoves really like a good drafting chimney. What do you have for a chimney and stovepipe setup? I know four people with model 82 stoves, all installed with different chimney configurations. The stoves with 7" stovepipe and flue operate the best, the others have 6" and still burn ok, but they are harder to get started in mild weather and aren't as "responsive".
You will really enjoy your Hitzer stove once you get the hang of it.