swattley01 wrote:i feel one of my problems with my not being able to re light my old cylinder stove is draft coming up from the ash door, the fire burns very hot and i control this with the MPD & Baro damper but the stove still burns hot with a full load of nut coal. i wonder if this older stove would burn pea coal or a mix and maybe not burn so hot all night giving me a longer burn time? any thoughts from you guys that deal with older style stoves?
Have you checked for air leaks below the level of the grates ? If the ash door s not sealing well, or the firepot isn't sealed to the ash pan area, it will be tough to slow the stove down.
Certainly, you can mix coal sizes to help control burn. There are a number of guys on here who use a mix of nut and stove coal to help dial in how they want their stove to run. Freetown Fred is one I know of.
There are others who use nut mixed with pea to help slow the stove.
I use bulk nut coal, but I vary the sizes by where I dig coal in the bin. As the coal comes down the coal truck shute, the larger pieces tend to roll down the pile and collect near the walls of the bin. The smaller pieces don't roll as easily so they tend to accumulate in the center.
I load mostly larger pieces of nut coal for a hotter fire when we want to cook/bake, or keep it running in warm weather. Then load with mostly smaller pieces at night to extend the burn times and during very cold weather to help tame the stronger draft that cold weather causes.