Ok, maybe I need help wih my new Hitzer 82FA. I have been using it since october (central NY) and since I have never had a hand fired coal stove, I have been slowly teaching myself how to burn coal in it as I had planned on burning wood. Like I said in another post, due to a miss understanding when I priced out and purchased the stove, the dealer gave me 1/4 ton to try and I ended up getting a little over 3/4 ton, to fill my portable bin.
After reading and educating myself a great deal thanks to everyone on here, thursday morning, on the 14th, I went for it! I had a nice bed of wood coals, so I put a little coal on top, let it get going, repeated that once more, than at 7:45 am., I loaded it right up to the top of the firebrick. Not having any idea what was going to happen, I stayed close to home all day so I could keep an eye on it. I had my dial heat regulator set around the middle and as it got warmer, I very gradually kept turning it down to the point that I was afraid it may snuff itself out. My stack temp was just under 200 where the flu comes out of the stove, as was the top of my stove, under the jacket. As it was in the mid to high 30's here thursday, I couldn't get the house under 80 with three windows open and the exhaust fan on in the bathroom. I was careful where I opened the windows as to not "feed" the fire more cool air, although like I said, it was closed down pretty tight. At 8:00 that night, I still had a lot of "stuff" (I call it that as I wasn't sure how much ash, unburned coal,etc. I had in there) so I shook it down like I have learned on here, but didn't know what to do. I let it go and at 2:30 am. friday, I got up to check it. Still not knowing what to do, I checked the temps which were the same (it was now pushing 90 in the house but had shut 2 windows and was down to around 30 outside), and said "The hell with it, I'll be around all day and will just let it go", so I put on a little more coal, but didn't fill it to the top of the brick this time. At 8:00 am. friday morning, I shook it down once more but left the fire alone, and at 8:00 pm. friday, I shook it down again and let it go. I got up at 6:00 this morning and it's still going strong, but the bed is finally getting down pretty good and it was still close to 90 in the house. All my temps. are still around the same. I do not have a baro in the stack, just the manual damper that comes built into the stove if anyone is familiar with this set up. I had never seen it before until I looked at the Hitzer.
Am i doing anything wrong? You guys have been such a great help already and I really appreciate everything I have learned from all of you. Thanks again, Allen