billybones wrote:Thanks Larry, I think that is what I'm getting. I was having some dark pieces of coal (not completely burned?) in the pan but I made some adjustments and now seem to be getting less and less of that. Now browns and tans in the pan. The amount of ash produced is taking some getting used to.
When it's not really cold outside I get partially burnt coal in my ashes. That progressively goes away as the weather turns colder. I never really tried to quantify it, but I'm speculating that coal ashes could accumulate at a rate of perhaps as much as 5 to 10 times more on a mass/volume basis than wood ashes do. That said, I'm fairly convinced that my ash accumulation this season is somewhere around half of what it was last season. My overall efficiency (so far at least, it being early) is measurably higher this season also. Harmony this season vs. Blaschak last season.