spiker wrote:The coal is running well. I have the stove top at 400 and the pipe at 200 F without any damper in place. I am burning Blaschak nut. I have some pea that I will try as well. After I shook it down this morning and cracked the ash tray for a few minutes, it roared to life. I have not had to poke it yet, shaking seems to get the job done. After shaking I can see red coals when looking up from under the grates.
After wanting a coal stove, researching, experimenting with coal in my wood stove, watching craigslist, buying and fixing this stove up, it is a relief to have it up and running. Thanks to everyone for your help. Like most people new to coal, I learned a lot reading through the posts.
Stove pipe temps is that outside temp you can add 75 to 100 + F degrees to that for the inside temp put a probe thermometer inside the stack that will be the real Number Outside magnetic thermometer will be off by 30 to 50%
depending on brand Inside probe thermometer is the way to go to get the most accurate readings By the way Nice Job on the stove refurb enjoy the heat