smokeyCityTeacher wrote:Lisa: My fire usually shows a stack temp of 100-125 and it putting our serious heat with just a small layer of blues.
So.. go by the numbers more than the appearance eh ? I have always judged a perfect fire by a perfect layer of blue ladies dancing on my bed.
Your stove maybe different but if my Mark II has a stove front temp 125-200* I'll never see blue ladies dancing but the fire is strong and putting out the heat I need to maintain the room temp of 75*. That's why I say watch the numbers more then the fire itself.
smokeyCityTeacher wrote:Perky is probably right about the shaking. I think I powdered up my coal by vigorous shaking every hour in my attempt to get a full pan in a hurry so I could take a picture. Lots of unburnt chips in the pan as a result.
Yep, Perky's right. That's another lesson I didn't want to accept - the stove doesn't always need to be shaken as often you'd think. In the beginning I was shaking all the time but this year (my fourth year) I'm only shaking twice a day and emptying the pan once unless the numbers tell me I need to check the fire. I also pay more attention to what the shaking is doing, i.e. does the ash pan glow quickly (less shaking needed) or is the shake hard and crunchy (stop and come back later.)Life is so much easier when I pay attention to the numbers and not necessarily what the fire looks like.
smokeyCityTeacher wrote:Im dying to get my hands on some Superior brand so I can see purple ladies
I'm stuck with bagged Reading and Blaschak. That's all I can get within a 100 miles and I'm not able to deal with bulk once it gets to my subdivision - can't get a truck between the houses and I have no basement. More's the shame because you save more money with bulk. Have a great New Year, Lisa