Saturday they are there till noon. I think they open at 7a.
So just as the chill is leaving the house at a good pace now, I get called into work and so i close the draft down low and leave for 3+ hours..... The test duties were turned over to the coal fire lady tender and naturally upon......
Returning back the living room is a nice 73* and that ole familiar
coal warmth greets me. I figure now is a good time to give the grates a shake and open the air all the way. in no time there was good full glow and flames and the grate shook normal although it sounded crunchier than im used to. I was looking for and half expecting some grate stoppage but had none as of yet. This coal does indeed burn hot and well in my opinion. I have only one potential drawback with it in reguards to my set up and that is that it is more on the pea side of nut then the egg side of nut and I fear in the deep cold sub-zero, might not let enough air thru for my need. This open stud 102yr old cottage with absolutly no insulation and single pane drafty windows,will need larger sized nut to crank out the needed btu's.
The limitations of our storage bin might force me to wait till next year to buy this afordable heat rock for use in the alaska kodiak and the jotul507.
So 12 hours after i started this test i decided to take the other full 5gal worth (actually a tall one like 7 gal) and dump it all ontop of the existing bed. The kodiak when empty is capable of taking 120#... Again the orange went away and a short while later the bluest big ladies came out to dance. I just opened the ash pit door and gave a full swing bunch of shakes to the grate,in a attempt to "find" a rock and alas none were found.
As with any new thing, especially one thats over 50% cheaper than familar others, I went into this with a pessimistic approach.
That now has turned to optimisim and I look foward to hear other folks give thier experience with this product. It would be just dandy if this company could take this initial run of product and indeed see fit to step up to the next level required yet provide our family of black rock burners the relief of knowing theres a affordable source of heat . Thanks Paul and John and crew.