uffbros wrote:I have a temp gauge on the pipe but that is all. I can make my place 90° if I want..
and you can make your car go 120mph, but you'll use twice as much gas as when you are going 55..
dealer said I should get at least 12 hours if I open the air control on ash door 1.5 turns..That isn't very much from looking at the gap at that setting but will try it as soon as I get it going again...
You might get 12 out of it, if you do not have a ripper of a fire going.
Today it is very mild here (40's), I filled mine this morning (7:30), and now (6:20pm) the side of the stove is around 400,
and the fire is still going great (with the ladies), I won't have to add and shake until I go to bed at 10:00 or so.
But I will add some around 8, so that I don't have to put as much on at 10 or 11.
If you put too much on, it may stay going, but your stove temp will dive bomb.
And it will take quite a will to get back up to temp.
My stove pipe damper is 7/8 closed, and the lower draft control is open about 1-1/4.
Cold days (single numbers), it's opened maybe 2 turns, or a tick more.
And obviously, I am adding more fuel. I want the stove at 550-600
Getting real discouraged. ..I had better luck with cardboard.
Don't get discouraged! Like I said, once you 'get it', coal is pretty easy to use.
Cardboard is crap for lighting a fire.
You may be just having a hard time ESTABLISHING your good bed of coals.
It's easy to get a ripper going, but that doesn't mean you have a good "coal fire" going.
The thing I noticed about coal more than anything, is that it doesn't change really fast, to small adjustments.
You can turn your draft control a 1/4 turn, and you may not see the results for an hour.
You need two thermometers, imo. one on the stove, and one on the stack.
Learn what it likes, and you'll be gold.