Yesterday morning was wet and warmer. I filled up my (new to me this year) Alaska Kodiak Hand Fed with the normal bucket of nut coal, and then I added bit of extra chips and fines from my transfer bucket to fill it up the top of the fire brick. “Might as well burn it,” I thought. At first it looked like I may have smothered the fire, but when I did the same thing for the last few weeks, it always eventually came back. I had a "nice" mounded new coal blanket over the red coals and although I couldn’t see the red coals, I heard crackling and I opened the shaker/ash pan door to give it some extra air. About 30min later I shut the shaker ash/pan door and was about to leave for work when BOOOOM, the barometric damper disc shot out of its stove pipe tee and hit the wall about 5 feet from the stove. Scared the crap out of me. I immediately went into investigation mode…I never had anything like that happen before with my old Franco Belge, (but I only had burned coal 1 year prior). I imagined this happening again while I was at work and my dog stuck in the house!
The first thing I did after my assessment was search this forum. This thread in particular provided the info (and humor) I needed to understand where I messed up, and allowed me to leave for work with confidence that everything would be ok.
I filled her up this morning, leaving a small corner of orange glow. The blue ladies danced but forgot their fireworks.
Valuable Lesson learned…Thanks to all of you.