coaledsweat wrote:Typically you want to service a hand fired about every 12 hours. This keeps the coal bed happy and loaded with fresh fuel. Properly tended, the fire should burn until spring with a good unit. Good luck!
You are right but I have found that, if I keep the fire real low & add a few shovelfulls of coal carefuly once or twice , I can get by with only shaking the stove down every 24 hours! (Saves coal & creates less the dust!) I admit that doing this puts me right on the edge of losing the fire but I work out of the home so I am around to moniter it.
Takes a bit longer to shake down (carefuly) & refuel after 24 hours but it worked great last winter. (Haven't had the opportunity to try it this year but with temps so mild it wll be more of a challenge since the chimney draw is reduced.)