I finally registered today as Im about at my wits end, and need some input.
warning.. This could be a big post with alot of rambling, my appologies!
I live in an almost 2.5k sq foot house, built in 1876. 2 livable stories, and then a sandstone lined basement, dirt floor, and an attic.
The interior of walls is wood slab and im pretty sure filled with horse hair and newspaper =p
Regardless, Im not in the $$$ zone to re-insulate an entire house.
The house leaks like a sieve but I CAN crank that furnace up on good days and keep the house around 78-80 degrees ( More or less out of spite as the wife constantly complains of being cold. So, I go above and beyond to make sure
I purchased a US Stove Hot Blast 1550 after I thought was some intelligent research.. apparently..I was wrong.
Im currently on my second winter with it.
Ive been burning bit coal 90% of the time, only now Im trying wood sheerly due to frustration and the frustration only continues.
1. the draft I have is immense. Im plugged right into the masonary chimney, and it has some serious sucking power. 6" pipe to chimney
2. I had a baro damper installed, (but is currently removed and capped off with the wood burning adventure)
People talk about clinkers. Some say they have a couple, some say they have none.. No matter what I do, no matter what draft settings:
1. I have to shovel that @#()!@#$ furnace out constantly as it is nothing but clinkers. Big chunks of spent @#()!@#$. Its hardly, rarely, ever ash. Of course there is ash..but it is 90+% solid material
I have to remove. At first I assumed it was the coal quality.
Living in coal country, I have access to many types and sizes and quality of coal. I have tried them all. This last attempt was fuel destined for a power plant,
nice, shiny, clean coal. No rocks. No metal. clean. pretty. Barely put out the heat and still left me with a clinker mess of doom.
And Im constantly feeding it. Constantly. Like every 2 hours Im going down and feeding this beast.
I can close the ash door, close the draft as tight as I can get it, matters not.
I can honestly say I have only had 3-4 times that I can think that I have had my coal burn all night.
And when I say that I mean it loosely, as Ill get up at 5am to get ready for work, rush to the basement and there will just be a faint orange glow,
which Ill then gingerly shovel out the mess and reload and cross my fingers it lasts long enough till I get home so the wife does not have to fool with it.
Is it me? is it the stove? is it the draft? The fuel?
Ive now gone wild with a chain saw, slaying the old locust trees around me which that furnace can burn through a 20+" by 10" log with an hour.
I spent hours cutting wood last night until around 12am. Filled the furnace with these gigantor locust logs, went to bed, up around 5, rushed to the furnace. coal. dead. nothing but fine white ash.
Im at a loss.
Im about to hire someone to sit in a chair by the furnace just to maintain it all day for me. =p
The problems I had (apart from the stove being a monster..)