NosmoKng wrote:I don't understand all this hotter/colder based on size issue. THe only thing that happens is the amount of air needed to produce a given temperature. You still control the heat, turn the air down if it's burning hotter. That's the only difference I notice. THe big difference is response time. Finer coal is slower because air cn't gt through the bed as well.
Depends on your stove. I have a furnace and cannot manually adjust the air. There's a small amount all the time to keep the fir burning, then when heats called for, an electric damper opens up so it's either open or closed. Pea will not generate the same heat as nut and so on a cold day my arrangment cannot keep up with the houses heat loss. Nut burns hotter and there fore puts out more btu/hour. Make sense now?