jpete wrote:Cool idea. Has it been working well for you?
How is ash build up in front of the holes?
Yes, it works well. The holes are above the ash pan. Tops of the holes are about an inch below the grates, and ash build up has not been a problem.
SMITTY wrote:I assume you just crank the original inlet shut, correct?
Often I leave the original inlet open about 1/2 turn or a little less, to allow minimal air even if the thermostat plate is completely closed.
I have toyed with the idea of rigging a room thermostat to a small fan, which would blow on the bi-metal thermostat, so when room temperature drops the fan would come on, cool the bi-metal strip, and open the air damper to make the stove hotter. Because coal responds so slowly, I don't know how well it would work. Might cause big room-temperature overruns. Maybe one of those new electronic thermostats that automatically learns the right heat anticipation values....