uhley wrote:If it is like the one I have it only controls the feeder. The Tsat controls the amount of coal fed to the hopper when the thermostat calls for heat. Once the thermostat is satified the stove goes back to idle mode which again cuts back on the amount of coal fed to the hopper. You adjust the Tstat to avoid over shooting the thermostat (rather difficult to do) and you adjust the idle so that you try to avoid the stove cooling down and under shoot the thermostat. I belive you combustion blower runs at a constant speed regardless the control is set at.
That sounds about right although on my stove I adjust the idle to avoid burning too much coal while not calling for heat.
On my stove the auger runs at a constant speed. The thermostat is just a timer. It runs for a longer period of time in a given cycle at higher settings. I have a separate rheostat for my combustion blower. Circulation blower runs on demand at constant speed.