WNY. You beat me to the same post!
I left about 1:30 pm Saturday, and returned around 5:30 – 6:00 pm Sunday to a surprisingly warm fire. This is in my old Locke Stove Co 400c "Warm Mornings". This has a big fix box.
I had a good fire Friday night, nice and toasty in the morning. I shook it down, loaded up with a full 20 lb pale at 7am, banked to the front but not the completely full. Then at 1:00pm I loaded it to the tippy top of the fire brick(high in the middle), with two more pales full (40 lb). I shut down the damper until I seen just -.04, at about 300 degree stack. Set my heat spring air control to two from high.. and assumed I’d be cleaning it out when I got back. When I came home, I had about 200 degree stack temp, and just -.02 draft on the chimney. It was interesting seeing how much the fire came down from the firebrick. At least 4-5 inches lower. There was still blue flame when I came home, more to burn… but it would have smothered itself if the draft went lower. I guess a baro would have helped in the case. After it was running wide open for about 30 minutes I got the temp back up, and started adding. I learned never to shack a weak dead fire.
My wife wasn’t pleased with the 64 degree house, which is what the gas furnace was set at. I could tell the furnace only cycled maybe 2 times, because the condensation water goes into a bucket right now. But I didn’t have to start a fire, and didn’t fight about running the gas furnace to bring the temp up to 68. Its 73 in here now, warmed up at night for a nice Warm Morning.
Where I live we aren’t first on the list to get our power back. Its good to know I could just stoke it up … and open my basement door. Its almost eerie running something in 2007 that doesn’t require a computer or power source.