Hello everyone. My name is Bill. Im from Connecticut. I just registered today as I have acquired a coal stove last week. The stove I got was my parents old stove that they no longer use. I grew up tending to this stove but haven't used it in close to 20 years. so I don't remember much beyond the basics of dumping the ash and shoveling in the fresh coal.
I did a bit or looking online for a good coal forum to join and you guys really seem to have it together. Thanks for the great site. I will put a few stats up and an signature once this first post is done to see what shows up as default. I am active on several forums, so I know the general etiquette very well.
First question is about this particular forum's etiquette. Some forums get all gung ho about searching past threads for info that has been repeated many times. Whereas others request that new threads be started as to not dig up old topics. What is the best plan of attack for this forum?
Hurricane Sandy turned my house's furnace into scrap metal. (long story) So due to my living situation and financial ability, the coal stove is now my primary source of heat for the house. Hopefully just for this season. The wife and I plan on buying a new house next summer.
My stove is a Locke Warm Morning 628E
Its been running for exactly 1 week now. I feel I have been tending to it properly as far as doing ash and new fuel. I had given me good heat for the first part of last week, keeping the house between 70* and 75*. However the past few days the stove has been gradually getting cooler. This morning the house was about 60* When I opened the door to look at the fire, there was a low to moderate amount of coal and a lot of ash to shake. The fire was pretty pitiful. Its been that was for the past couple days.
I nursed it back to health over the course of a couple hours and now its good and hot again. From what Ive read on the forum here, their isn't much to do in the way of care besides shaking the ash twice a day and adding the coal after. Am I missing anything?
I suspect There may be an issue with my air flow. And the steps to take. Ive pretty much made it up based on how I think it should be, Im probably wrong. I do not have a barometric dampener in the pipe. Just a flap dampener (sorry if my lingo is off. I'm still learning) I leave the flapper closed all the time except for then I have the top door open for looking or adding coal. The top door vent is always closed and the ash door vent I usually keep cracked about a ...Im an idiot with judging angles. Ill just post a pic...
My house is ancient and very drafty so I was told I don't need a barometric dampener. But I still feel my coal is burning too fast.
Can someone shed some light on whether Im doing something wrong?