User sebring sent me some PM questions and I thought I would answer them here on the post for others to see. Hope you don't mind sebring.
Hi. Just read your post on fixing up a Citation. I just bought one, and had a few questions. Can you tell a difference in having a barometric damper? Do you use less coal with it? How about the blower motor? Do you still use it, or did you hook up a quieter fan? How much coal do you use when its cold out? I use about 50-60 lbs. Im new to this coal burning thing..lol..thanks
Welcome to our wee [Citation] club. Not many of these stoves being used for coal, from what I have seen. Not that they are bad, just not well known with the coal crowd and most people don't think to burn coal. I liked it because it was inexpensive, good looking, and fit my space.
With the baro, I don't know for sure if it saves coal. I believe it does, but hard to know. I haven't burned much coal w/o the baro, so no good comparison. I do see it swing wide open on windy nights, so I can see how it helps regulate the draft and thus stabilizes the heat output. Because these stoves do not have any automatic controls on the air input, I figure it helps to automate the draft side.
As you can see from my earlier posts, I am happier with a small and quieter fan than the original. Having it on a rheostat so that I can turn it down fairly low has worked very well. It does not need much velocity to generate a lot of heat. I did not use any fan at first and then found that adding a low fan made a big difference. In fact, if the house overheats on a warmish day, I will turn off the fan and that reduces the heat output when I don't want it. I just use a 4 in room fan pointed at the inlet to the original squirrel cage fan. I asked for the rheostat as a bday present, I don't think it cost much. Having it just lets me run the fan quieter. So the value of that item depends on how much noise you are OK with.
My memory from last winter was that I used 30+ # on a normal 24 day, and 40# on a nasty cold day. My house is small but not well insulated.
So far this Fall, there have been more warm days than cold, so I have been burning more wood than coal so far, but I'm sure to switch to all coal very soon. It is December. Full disclosure, when I burn wood, I also use more propane for the furnace. At 300/ton for coal, I use a mix of fuels to manage my total cost.