Thanks for the feedback fellas,
I took your advise coaledsweat totaled about 11" thick when i was done.
300* on the stat on the flue pipe out the back ,The damper was wide open Closed the ash door opened the vents all the way. I hit the hay at midnight, when I woke this morning and checked the stove @5:20 flu stat was reading 100* had a low bed of orange coals, the blower was blowing cold air, I opened the ash door wide open and 15 min later the temp starts to climb to 200*, close the ash door wait temp drops to 100*, open ash door, temp climbs, Shake it down... a bunch of my good orange coal end up in the ash pan along with a bunch of gray coal chunks, add more coal, crackle crackle temp goes down, frustrated, I throw an empty cardboard box on the coal, box lite's up coal temp on flu stat almost 450* add a little coal (i shook my good bed out) (newbie error) close ash door open vent all the way, flu open all the way leave for work (late cause of messin with the stove)...called the mrs. at home... flu temp at 0* barely any embers...
Did I just make a mistake????
When I burned wood in the stove, rolling flames, 500* flue & vent open, ash door closed... burn coal ash door closed vent and flu open no rolling flames at all glowing orange coals slowly snuffs itself out???
1.) I have an air starvation issue...
2.) I think I'm screwin around with the coal/too much...
hot glowing bed of coals, temp at 350* = leave it alone
I tried to push it for more heat... hotter house... I got it to 65* at the furthest point, TV room, and still i wanted more all while the wind blowing past the closed windows.
?? am I looking for too much outta the stove in such a drafty house?
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