About 30 minutes ago I was woken by the smoke alarm on the first floor. I previously loaded the stove about 2 hours ago and had the flue open about an hour to make sure the volitales burned off properly. Once I had the stove tame I shut the MPD, like I normally would, and layed down on the couch and watched stove . I only do this because I don't trust bit coal all that well still. So I finally felt comfortable with it and closed my eyes then I woke up to the damn smoke detector and at first I thought it was the CO alarm and with a baby and a wife upstairs I jumped up quickly and looked at the stove and it was
Kicking out smoke pretty good filling the first floor with that bituminous stench! I quickly opened the MPD all the way and the fire roured back up ... I have the windows open and I had to layer ash on top of the coals to keep it tame .
I know I should have just run anthracite this year but I wanted to try my hand at Bituminous . For whatever reason I'm not good at it and it doesn't seem to ever burn off all the volitales. It just always wants to rour and if I try to control the damper with out a routing fire it will just eventually back up and smoke on and off though. This is the second this has happened it happened to my wife last week during the day randomly. But after most of the bit has been coked the stove runs perfect and steady and burns to a fine ash but we are talking hours for it to coke.
What am I doing wrong? I know I have a slight air leak at the top of the door that I bought parts to fix but I don't know what is causing the flames to go out and the smoke to back up. I just don't have this problem with the anthracite in my 414a and the funny thing is , as you all know, it's supposed to be the super Bit burner with the flues that burn off volitales .
I think I'm just going to keep this stuff for blacksmithing and continue with the anthracite. I already picked up a pallet for the winter
Now my house smells like a Smithy ! And my nose burns . I'm Just glad I got the smoke out before it went up stairs . I opened the windows at one end of the house and opened the door on the other and shot it right outside.
Now I finally have it where blue flames are coming out the flues and I am only closing the MOD 3/4 of the way and the stove is quiet and steady again. Now it will be good for the rest of this morning before I go to work . It just seems like such a hassel to wrangle this thing for so long . Anthracite is poke , ash, load , leave mpd open for 15 minutes, close , set bottom damper and leave and never have one problem.