Well today I tried another Mod. I drilled 2- 5/32" holes under the load door bought an 1 1/2" from the center load door clasp on each side.......RESULTS.....just enough "OVER THE FIRE AIR" ...to make the blue ladies dance while she is burning ...actually the results are fantastic after loading a fresh charge of coal and waiting a bit for to get established I know have a nice glowing bed with the blue flames dancing and no unburnt gases at all.
I GUESS YA CAN MAKE A POTBELLY INTO A PARLOR STOVE!...
So I lit this fire last Sunday morning and it is still going strong.
6:00PM, open the manual damper to full and open the air on the ash door to max for 10 minutes while I dump the ashes from the night before, poke down the ashes from underneath the grates and let that get good an sizzlin for another 10 minutes.
6:25PM, close the air down to nothing, add a fresh charge of (PEA) coal to the top of the fire pot banking a little to the back wait 5 minutes and close the manual damper, fill the cast iron tea pot with water and go see the wife for 15 minutes before I head out to work.
6:30AM, HOME FROM WORK! nice glowing bed of coal, open the air on the ash door and manual damper full, go top off the dogs dish and such, grab a cold one from the frige...I'M ALLOWED I JUST WORKED 11 HRS!
poke down the ashes from the bottom again till I get some "RED HOTS" in the ash pan and let her revive a bit and get good an HOT ...takes another 10 minutes and the tea kettle will start to shoot out steam...close off the ash pan air while leaving the manual open...Put in a fresh charge of coal to the top of the pot banked a little to the rear, do some stuff in the shop for a few minutes and close the manual draft , leave it alone till tonight.