Hello and welcome, shake downs should be every 12 hours give or take a few, coal isn't like wood it likes to be left alone (HAPPY) to do its thing by it self that is why when you shake down the fire cools off for a few minutes (NOT SO HAPPY). Make sure when you shake you are getting most of the ash out to the pan, don't be afraid to poke the sides and front down to the grates to loosen the ash that will build up there and make your fire bed smaller and reduce the stoves heat output. Usage will depend on your home, insulation,windows, stove upsrairs or in the basement. I am heating 2500 sq ft basement and ranch house to a steady 72* and using 60 lbs today 24 hrs in the single digets, on a normal 20* day 45 to 50 lbs in 24 hrs. Remember coal wants its air from under and wood is over, close the over completly, only use the over a little after refilling the stove to rid the stove of the gasses, about 15 to 20 minutes then close the over. your damper should be wide open when you have the over air open and completely closed when you close the over air. Hope this helps.
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patxiv wrote:I have a (suburban made) "coal chief" dual fuel stove, I have burned wood for MANY years in it and absolutely love it! However, due to the crazy costs of decent firewood I have decided to switch to coal, and so far it's a switch I wish I had made sooner!I am absolutely GREEN to coal and am learning on the fly how it burns and it's tricks and traits. I am curious as to how much I should be using per day?,and what things I should be looking for?, how often should I "shake it down"? , and so many more. so far so good with it! (it's only been 4 days) but I love the switch! and this site has offered TONS of helpful hints and tips! I know,I know, I live in firewood country, but lately wood has been pricey! and we all know about oil and it's $$$$$$.any help would be great!!!