franco b wrote:I still would add some over fire air even if it meant drilling some holes in the front or sides of the stove. They can always be covered up if you want.
I don't want to mess w/ drilling. And like you said my Lopi has glass wash over air vents.
So Fanco b your saying i'm going to have major trouble with Bit. I have a trip up to Chicago planned for Oct. I can pay for few bags of Anthracite. Would I be better off trying the the bagged coal. Remember I have tons of wood too use even in this stove.
But I'm to upping my burn times to 12hrs.
Major trouble is what one considers major trouble. I consider clinkering , smell, and soot major trouble although there are lots who like the bit coal they are using and don't seem to mind the drawbacks. Probably stokers designed for bit work best.
By all means buy some anthracite, preferably Blaschak because it is pretty much a known good coal that will make a good baseline to judge. I would buy as much as convenient to carry as it will not go to waste whatever you decide. You will be shocked at the quantity of ash compared to wood, about 5 times as much and the ash pan on the Russo could be larger.
You will also be shocked at how much easier it is to tend than a wood stove. You might even consider selling wood to finance coal.
The Russo is not a good wood stove although it certainly will burn it. The chamber is too small so wood has to be cut up to smaller pieces and it will be smokier than a modern wood stove. I would look into why the grates only move 1/ 2 inch. Look for play or lost motion somewhere.