fastcat wrote:Has anyone ever had the oil on the coal condensate on the hopper door area of their stove. This has been going on for a couple months now and wondering if it might be caused by the hopper door gasket. The gasket is soaked with it and the bottom of the door is covered, I am going to change the gasket today but would like any input anyone has.
Yes I have it happen. Was getting smells in the house and the gasket was new on the hopper.
What I think is happening (above 300*F), the oil starts to turn to a gas to fast, it can not ecsape the hopper cause the coal is semi packed in, so it Pushes out the load door. I know the gasket is good, and no fire goes up on the hopper. only happens after a reload when running the stove hotter.
A buddy had the same thing happening, so he pulled his hopper out and drilled holes all the way around the top of the hopper problem gone.
I spoke to DS about this and they said it is possible, if I wanted to drill holes in my hopper and try it I could. They were not sure at what point the fire would follow the air. My buddy has no problem, so I'm thikng the only way the fire will follow up the hopper is if it recieve air from outside the firebox.
I got a couple of bags of coal non oiled, and cranked the stove and the problem doesn't happen.
If someone could get a pic of the hopper area and hopper load door that would be awesome.