LsFarm wrote:Hi Rex, with that top load Hitzer, you may want to mist the coal before you pour it in the hopper, this will keep the coal dust down too.
Another technique to keep dust down is to remove the ash pan, replace it, close the door, THEN shake the grates. Leave the pan in till the next 12 hour shake 'n feed. This way the ash is nice and settled when you rmove the pan and spray it.
Looking forward to hearing about your first year burning coal.
I like the idea about shaking then waiting 12hrs or so to dump. Not only will it settle down but maybe be cooler to transport. After dumping then shake again and then fill hopper.
I'll be filling hopper via a small coal bucket so loading speed will be minimal (hopefully to keep dust down) and throwing coal into the front of the stove wont be happening.