My friends! Happy new year to all of ya, and may it be a warm and prosperous one.
Dan and Ashcat, your last posts were great and cleared up that confusion, cheers. And yes Ashcat, the rename is appropriate as I've had that same bed going since Thursday, no relights!
Titleist, thanks! Great blow by blow and I get it now, all clear and makes perfect sense.
So I did swing a few more bags Friday, as relighting is not attractive and I was more keen on seeing its consumption through a warmer time, so let's see where I left off. Was loaded full Thurs, Impressed Friday morn at 1.5 turns overnight, added last few coals, planning to let it die out...
Friday afternoon reloaded full about 130PM, about 35 pounds did it. I then went to 1 turn. (new low) This slowed it down indeed. Since I wouldn't be up at 2 or 3 am I used the last 5 or so pounds from that bag by bedtime. I've also moved thermometer to stove side near top. 1 turn kept it about 400-450, nice. Well I was up at 3 and 4 am but didn't go down to mess with it, instead getting to it at about 8:30AM, 19 hrs after last real load. Warm day ahead, I was iffy on letting it die or reloading. I decided I'd consume less by leaving it lit as it's 2 bags from scratch, seems that was the right call. Full load, the last page's posts cut load time to about 20 minute total time. Full bag did it. Went to 3/4 turn. (newer low) Brought it to about 325-350ish all day. Last night added about 15 pounds after shakedown, that's it. Today stoked up, shook down, 25-30 pounds added to top it full, still at 3/4 turn and will open it up gradually as the temp drops.
So only 12 pages to convert me as I was pretty convinced by my "Impressive!" post. Thanks to all who worked so persistently. God Bless the board for existing, I don't know how people get this without this help. This is what I read before coming here in seeking just ignition advice, this was my reference to obtain to success with coal, lol. You can see a newbie reading this would have a lot of wrong info to overcome, including never expecting beds are filled to that top of the back bricks! http://www.ehow.com/how_6234352_burn-coal-stove.html
like the coal mine career idea though. If anyone knows of an opening sure, why not, I'm in!
PS. Ashcat, my only remaining question is on your strong fire throughout the fire box
comment. It seems to me the coals in the front will always be gone after 'X' hrs, based on spinner setting, as it's just not as deep there. (3"-4" inches to say 9") . I have a solid bed across the whole box a few inches back, but the shallow coals in front are always poke-able ash by heavy reload time. Please let me know if you agree there or if you see a flaw.