EarthWindandFire wrote:Well, it does indeed have a bimetallic thermostat. I took the thermostat box off the stove and cleaned the strip. Not quite what I had in mind when reading about them on this site. Does any hand-fired stove have a remote mounted thermostat that controls draft and stove temps based on room temperature?
Yes! OK, I have to tout my very own invention here, though I have not yet actually built it. But it will work, I swear it will work.
You take a stove with a bimetal thermostat, and you set it to a relatively low temperature.
You take a small electric fan and mount it pointing at the bimetal thermostat housing.
You rig a remote thermostat to turn the fan on and off.
So when your room cools below the remote thermostat's set point, it turns on the fan, which blows room air and chills the bimetal thermostat, which opens the air inlet and the stove gets hotter and the room gets hotter than the remote thermostat's set point and the remote thermostat turns off the fan and the bimetal thermostat warms up and reduces air to the stove and the stove gets cooler and the room gets cooler until it drops to the remote thermostat's set point and .... so on.
With some of the fancy new electronic thermostats that can "learn" their own heat-anticipation values, you should wind up with a pretty even room temperature, automatic programmable setbacks by time of day, and so on and so on. Substitute science for art and your hand-fed coal stove will be just as dull as that oil burner in the cellar.