2001Sierra wrote:Coal will not burn to ash when allowed to burn out. Coal always needs new coal to complete the burn of previous coal as is goes through its burn cycle. We are burning stone not trees.
Good to know. New to coal so I'm still learning. I was loosing my marbles trying to figure this out. I burn both wood and coal and thought maybe the wood ash was choking the fire so I switched to strictly coal for the past few days. I haven't had a problem when I have a continuous fire burning, but once the fire gets too low it seems to peter out leaving an unburnt layer behind. I've been experimenting with the MPD to see if it helps.
Fire should not get to low, if you are on a regular shake and refill schedule. Yes the MPD will keep more heat in the stove so you can use less coal. Do you fill the stove all the way? what are your shake and reload schedules?, Hows hot do you run the stove?
You will get the knack of it