rewinder wrote:ct bill, I can run the vig or resolute as low as 200deg top temp, in 65deg outside temps during the day, knowing that at nite I don't have to relite a fire. sure,I might have to open the door for a while sometimes-haha.
A bit ago when it was 45* or so, I opened the door to the garage since it is right across the door to the basement to let the extra heat out..lol
rewinder wrote:And that's when burning pea coal. I using nut, it's harder to keep a real low burn at high outside temps, I think there is more air flowing thru the coal bed because the coal doesn't pack as tightly , with more air spaces netwen the coal bits.
I tried both nut and pea and noticed the difference with each. The last couple of days and right now I am running a mix, about 60% - 75% nut mixed with the lower percent being pea and the stove is running about 400-425 degrees for 10 - 12hrs before tending to it. Too me it seems the mix works pretty good to give me a good lasting temp.
rewinder wrote:you're "ideling down to 350 " is where i run mine on a 30 deg nite, I can loaf along at 200 for over 18 hrs bebore i need to shake it down,
but at 450 degrees, that's another story,
I forgot to close the back dampener the other day and after about an hour or so noticed it was a bit warm in the basement and the stove was running at 550*... man that was putting some heat out!
The last few weeks I've been recording the house, stove, and outside temps, along with how much coal I have been using, and only for the last week I finally figured a way to measure the back dampener setting and adjust for temps. While right now I just hold the ruler against the side of the stove and use the mm scale, I think I will figure a way to attach it using that hole for the mitten warmer rod or maybe just another ruler that is wider. See photo below: