Rich W. wrote:Cold (for coastal RI in November) last night...20 degrees. But this old stove did a heck of a job! So good that I went out for 500# of bagged nut today. I guess I'll keep it! I'm doing very well compared to some newbies I read about, but I would appreciate input on two topics.
1) Ash management: The advantage of the swing out ash door and the clever cover for lifting the pan is evident. Not having that feature on my stove, I banged out a cover last night (see photo below) so that I could at least carry the pan outside to the can without ash flying around. Question: Do you guys use multiple ash cans? One to use while the other(s) cool down? How do you manage your disposal?
2) Fireplace installation: Would I be better off piping the flue into the 8x8 masonry flue tiles (assuming coal only; wood only for lighting coal)? Or should I stick with the single wall stainless steel liner that I installed some time ago for the Jotul woodstove? Presently my flue collar is attached to a tee, which is connected to ovalized flexpipe to get through the fireplace damper, and solid single wall to the cap. Any thoughts are appreciated!
Cannot quantify all that I've learned from this forum, and how much I appreciate it!
Welcome to the forum Rich W. I do find the swing out pan and nifty lid for the 2310 being just right for the job. I take the pan outside to the corner of the garage, about 4 feet away from the door. I carefully lift the lid off the 11 gallon galvanized trash can slide the uncovered ash pan into the can and slide the ashes out of the ash pan. I keep the ashcan lid angled against the can and positioned between me and my other hand with the ash pan that I'm empty. This way it helps the deflect any dust away from me. I put the lid on the can and quickly head into the garage to dodge any duststorm that might blow my way.
I let a full ash can sit for 24 hours before I empty it. To empty the full 11 gallon can, I slide a 13 gallon tall white kitchen bag overtop until the end slids all the way down to the bottom. I then carefully turn the bag and the can upside down so that I'm looking at the bottom of the Ash can and the open top of the bag. With my right hand to reach down alongside the can, between the bag and can, and put my finger underneath the top of the can. I do this so that a little air can flow down alongside the can to break the vacuum as I left a can of out of the bag. The weight of the ash keeps the bag on the ground and I slowly lift the can out of the bag keeping the bag straight and vertical as I go. It creates a little vacuum and keeps the bag sealed around the inverted top of the ash can. There's usually about 2 gallons of space above the top of the ash and the top of the bag. Tie up the bag and let sit outside for another 24 hours. After that it goes to Ash Can Heaven