fireislander wrote:I'm getting a few new bags of coal tomorrow....we'll see altho it's still from the same coal company...I don't know where else to get coal in brunswick maine
fireislander wrote: There were about 6 chunks of patially burned coal...I had left the dials at the bottom open quite a bit because if we shut them up to tight there's no question but it'll go out. It was as pristine a picture of what the fire should look like when we went to bed, but zilch fire in the AM!
lowfog01 wrote:fireislander wrote: There were about 6 chunks of patially burned coal...I had left the dials at the bottom open quite a bit because if we shut them up to tight there's no question but it'll go out. It was as pristine a picture of what the fire should look like when we went to bed, but zilch fire in the AM!
It looks from the pictures that the dials on the bottom are you under fire air control. If this is so, leaving them "open quite a bit" is part of your problem. I think that excess air is causing your fire to burn super hot and devouring all your fuel in a relatively short time for coal. As you know coal burns from the bottom and likes a deep bed, as the fire burns up the coal drops down but when the available coal drops below the minimum depth it will go out - leaving you with the pockets of unburnt coal. What you have to discover is how far you can close those dials on the bottom without having your fire go out. The further closed they are the longer your burn. Once you understand that, you can open them a little at a time to get to just the temperature and length of burn you want. Do you have a stove front thermometer? That can help you find your under air setting. From experience I know my stove front will get to 200* at 2/3s of a turn and that's as low as I can go and maintain the fire. As I add more air, my fire burns stronger and uses more coal. My max air input is 1 1/4 turn which gets me a 400* stove front and maintains my room temp at 75*. Keep playing with it, good luck, Lisa
jrmurch wrote:Hi fireislander. I get my coal from Downeast energy on Spring st. It's 7.43 for a fifty lb bag of Reading coal.
dbjc364 wrote: This nut coal made all the difference in the world for us,I just lov it. It holds a fire thru out the day or night,and I swear kicks off more heat.We know we'll only keep a couple bags of pea on hand,but the rest of tonnage will be nut from now on.The difference is amazing.I also want to try stove coal sometime.
fireislander wrote:I don't think my stove would take the pea coal...isn't that tiny pieces?? The grate fingers are about 1/2" apart. How big is this pea coal anyway???
13/16" X 9/16" for Pea Nut is 1-5/8 " X 13/16" Stove size 2-7/16" X 1-5/8" Egg is 2"X 5"