wsherrick wrote:How are you doing with your burn times and shaking schedule etc. Also what temps are you running it at during the cold weather? Mine has been very consistant. I feed it once a day and keep it around 450-500 degrees on the stove barrel and around 120-140 on the stove pipe. I haven't experienced the drop off in temps like you described above though.
I have to pick up a second thermometer for the stove pipe. I'd like to know how I'm running on that. If I run the stove between 450 and 500 it doesn't move enough air to keep my whole house nice and toasty so I run 550 to 650 when I'm home.
I also have to feed twice a day to keep the stove pretty consistant in temp. So when I leave in the morning I make sure it's full and running well and then again when I get home at night. On weekends I like to play with it so I'll fuss with it more often, but that's purely because I like to.... I running pretty close to 50 pounds of coal a day, but I think I've got really crappy coal. It has a lot of sulphur, when I fill it you can smell it and the flames have a lot of green not the nice pure blue people describe as good anthracite. I also find that I use my front door damper a lot more than you do to have the fire run nicely so I'm wondering if I have a semianthracite coal. I'm talking ASTM D388 coal classification system... I'm rather irritated with my coal supply so for next year, I'm doing a lot more research into coal before buying. I'm going to try to get a load directly from a breaker in PA for my whole winters supply but I'm still researching all the details.
I'm still in the learning phase of how best to run this stove, but I'm well over the hump. The stove is heating my entire house significantly better than the oil furnace can. It's pretty amazing how well this stove heats.
I busted two holes in a back wall behind the stove that allows air flow into my back dining room and the convection currents set up have really made the entire house purr. It's also become apparent that the heat drop is partially due to how the whole house is being heated so if part of the back of the house begins to drop in temp, it pushes that drop. Then when I'm reheating, I'm pushing the entire house back up to my preferred temp. The house is being kept between about 65 and 72, depending upon if we are home or not. But letting it drop lower takes too long to push back up, so even when I'm not home, I'm still keeping the 65 as bottom temp.