Wadhams Ironworks wrote:Hey folks,
It's just a touch below zero (F) and I'm loving my 2310! I'm burning some Kimmel Nut and the VigilanII is begging me to let it run a touch over 700. ...>8--8<...I ask alot from my stock Vigilant II but with the help of a little over 3 tons of coal, it never let's me down.
Welcome aboard WI
Really glad to hear that you're having a great time with the results you get out of the 2310. In the 'cold' weather we get in NW NJ, I like to run it flat out and with the right coal, it's not that difficult as you describe. I second your opinions about the glass doors. We have a glider positioned about 6' away from the front doors. That chair is were one warms their knees after an excursion out into the cold. Try working on loading the stove while standing in front of the doors and you'll be pulling your jeans away from your legs when you step back because of all the heat radiating through the glass
They are a bit of trouble to keep clean of ash but I've found that a horse hair brush on the end of my Cougar Ash Vac will do the trick, just don't dawdle while the brush is in contact with the glass
My last nightly 'chore' is to walk into the stove room and check out how well lit the room is from the beautiful red glow coming from the 2310
Good idea adding some rice on top of some pea for Springtime fire control. Doing something similar works for me too when there's plenty of draft available. I just use what is available at the bottom of the bin by spring: various fines and such sizes that remain from buying in bulk not bagged. I've found that I rarely have to shrink the size of the firebox by using brick to occupy the real estate where the coal would burn. I do use brick to cut down the size of the firebox by ~50%. For the short time I do use the bricks that way, it concentrates the draft (not restricting) the draft through a smaller deep bed of coal with fewer available BTUs to release. With spring weather diminishing chimney performance, what draft is available is pulling unrestrictedly thru the thick bed. Once the blue flames appear and the internal damper is closed, all of the heat exchange area that VC built into the 2310 is available to radiate the heat into the room. I can attest it certainly is not going up the chimney. It works well for those Springtime days when the night temps aren't lower than the high 40's and the daytime temperatures might bump up to 70. I do realize you were speaking to eliminating the triangle of firebrick on the ledge.
You can be sure about the 13,000 BTU/Lb for sources of anthracite coal that certify that figure. Not all do, but from empirical results I can say there is a marked difference between UAE (Superior
when they were in their deep mines) and Reading. There are many different veins of anthracite, each with their own characteristics. We in the NEPA area are fortunate to have choices of anthracite - much like having a number of good wineries and micro breweries nearby
It's impossible to get bored when you're obsessed! Reading as a company has many sources and through the years I've used their products there is a lot of variability. I've never burn bituminous other than in an open fire. I've read that there are bit sources that yield upward of 14,000 BTU/Lb, mostly attributed to the available volatiles (hydrocarbons) that the extra geological forces haven't had the time to wrestle out of it.