Great tip with the pellet stove fuel, will have to pick up a bag in the next day or two...
Ok, this might be a better new thread than a post but let's see what ideas I get here first.
My fire box is pretty big, I can easily put 3 bags of nut anth in and still add a couple of scoops from a 4th if I want to pile it up in the middle.
I'm running the draft adjuster on the front mounted draft fan at about half and have the MPD just cracked. Thermostat is set to 68 (controls the draft fan not the main heat blower). I'm burning right about 2 bags of coal a day and the temps haven't gotten much below 28 here yet.
I love heating with coal but can't afford a newer more efficient burner yet. I'm toying with the idea of a coal/oil boiler fitted to burn nat gas once we get gas up here if that's an option.
At the rate I'm going through coal I may have to switch back to wood before the season is out. I hate the thought of that but at $360 a month I don't know if I can justify the black diamonds until I can find something that burns less. I really hate the thought of starting 2 fires a day (4 with the fireplace)
Thinking maybe if I made my firebox smaller it would hold less coal but since it would be just as deep it should burn just as long. I thought about adding another layer of firebricks in front of the existing row but that will interfere with my grate as the existing layer of bricks sit in a pocket right above the pivot points of the shaker and a layer in front of those bricks would keep the grates from moving.
This thing is in the basement and hooked up to our forced air ducts so a smaller radiant style stove won't work for us...