Smokeyja wrote:I just loaded the first bit of the bituminous coal I bought today to try out and I just got my first "PUFF BACK" I had the top damper slightly open and the MPD was fully open as I was letting this stuff fire up and PUFF , the stove shoots out black smoke out into the living room and it didn't smell too nice either. This is good bit from WV from what the seller has told me. http://www.martincoal.com It seems like pretty good stuff so far and maybe I just don't have enough experience with it but it seems to be very hard to rangle if you ask me. With Anthracite I have it down pat and can control my temps easy with the dampers. But with this bit I am having one heck of a time getting a steady burn. it seems to burn way too hot! maybe I just need some more time with it. I definatly don't like the puff back though !
Start out with less coal fed into the stove at a time. Use much less primary air and a whole lot more secondary air. In a little while the yellow flames will die down and then you can give it a little more primary and cut back on the secondary air. I grew up with this type of coal. It is a different animal than Anthracite. You can start your Bituminous fire much easier than an Anthracite fire. All you need are a few sticks of kindling to get it started. You will also notice that once the big lumps get hot you can hit them with a poker and they will break up into smaller pieces.