lsayre wrote:coaledsweat, how do you get the fire to move further away from the grate. Do you lower the thermal ash grate temperature setting to accomplish this?
Yes, lowering the ashing set point and the beast will build a thicker ash-bed and push the fire higher. I believe the start up is pretty critical for a happy fire with no problems. When I start mine, I make sure the combustion tube is about half full of ash. Then I wad up paper, pile in some cedar shingles and then some match light briquettes. A few coffee cans of coal and take off the belt that feeds and ashes and then fire it up. Once the fire is going good, I'll add some more coal and let that get going well and then shut it down, replace the belt and let her eat.
If your fire doesn't go all the way around the combustion tube evenly, it will ash deeper to get to the set point. It may be that a fast start up lends itself to a problematic fire due to its shape.