Photog200 wrote:Yesterday I got the new refractory installed and cured. While I was working inside the stove, I noticed that some of the older stove cement had cracked and was coming out. This is why I was having such a hard time getting a new fire started and such long times to bring back up to temp after reloading. I chipped out all the old cement and installed all new (which is what I should have done while restoring it but it looked like it was sound)...the stove is working great again! It is amazing how important it is that all seams are sealed tight when burning coal, any cracks steal the draft from coming in under the grates. I am also trying stove size coal today and there is a difference in the heat coming off it...much hotter. It is only 18° here today so it feels good! It seems so good that have that heat back, the electric heat just does not cut it! I will try to get some photos of it running this weekend as some of you have requested.
I am sorry for this posting, it was suppose to be on my thread.