Berlin wrote:" The key to burning bituminous coal is to load the firebox full, use decent large sizes of coal, and "bank" the fire-
The coal I have is all sizes from very large chunks down to fines.... a lot of fines. What is your suggestion with this type of coal
Berlin wrote: fire the fresh coal on one end of the firebox and then on the next loading, fire the fresh coal on the other side of the firebox, all while maintaining a deep bed. a min. 8" flue is reccomended and forced draft is not, it tends to develop clinkers.
So then you let it burn from one end to the other like a cigar...? I've noticed that the more coal I put on the heavier the crust gets and the cooler the fire. I have to stir it up to get some heat but then I've heard that is a no no. Please bear with me on this as I have only been burning coal for a week or so and I'm still confused. One other problem I might have is the flue which is a 6" square masonry about 40' and extends above the roofline by at least 2'