coal like thick! deep! the air rushes around each nugget up , up, up, thru the layers thus drawing vital oxygen thru the thick deep bed.....
SMITTY wrote:I think 10 lbs. might be too much for the first layer. I only toss about 4 shovelfulls on for the first layer ... and it's a small shovel.
makes sense too, so which is it? I would think just a layer, and 10 pounds btw is one layer in this big ol stove, and let it cook and add to it like pocono said. This indeed goes against the 'deep' idea. I mean It has never lit for me yet so I don't know if one lit piece even lights another, but I would assume there's some spreading. All I got was red glow soon out, white crust around cooled coal later, cracks in half easily.
So, just to fill ya in on my angst here, this all happened as I decided to buy bulk wood. That is to say since I like to use an axe and chop (great workout) I bought 3 foot stumps, a cords worth, cheap! All rotten, crumbled to the blow, nothing burns. He vanished since, no calls back, after saying he would be here 4 days ago to replace. Since then I have been living on downed trees and rotten wood and radiators. THEN, since it is a coal stove, I decided to get risky even without a carbon detector and try it. The rest you have seen today, lol, and all because the years first snow storm is here. Well I can tell ya this, radiators don't cool this snow covered house! I never had the stove off
in my years here to see this, now I see this, and it's bone chilling! (wood windows)
So now I need the forum pyro/scientist. With no cowboy coal, good hardwood, torch, or kingsford... what would you do?!?
Thermite would burn a hole right thru the bottom of the stove, and I have no shavings to make it anyway, so something less intense perhaps. Mix sawdust, wax, tobasco sauce... c'mon, there must be something!