titleist1 wrote:I also have a Mark III, just replaced my 15yo one with a new one over the past weekend. I can keep a good fire going all night with it open about two - two 1/2 turns. I put the last shovels of coal on around 11 and am up around 6. There is usually a strong enough fire going in the morning that I just add coal and open it up a couple more turns until the coffee gets made and the dog gets fed. Then I back it down to the 2 to 2-1/2 turns again. You may have to experiment a little to get it just right for your burn time, coal grade, etc.
Glad to see you got your new stove set up.
That's my routine also, I make sure the stove is full before bed, and in the morning I usually open the ash door to get the fire going, add coal a couple of times, shake it down, refill, usually while the Sunbeam C-30 is brewing the coffee. That's in between my usual morning habit of staring off into space with a blank look on my face (not a morning person).