Wood'nCoal wrote:I wouldn't have been able to bring myself to sell the old stove, it's just too nice!
An interesting point that you made with out even realizing it was that you didn't have this problem with the old stove. If the grates are anything like those in my Andes stove (cylindrical, crank goes on one, gears drive the other) that may account for it all. Shaking the coal in those stoves seemed to jostle the coal bed quite a bit more, the new stoves probably don't shake up the bed as much.
You're right out there near the "good stuff"!
BTW, I have everything for the Andes, except one of the gears for the grates, as of now I can only shake one of the two.
Yeah, parting with it was bad but it was relegated to the garage (wooden plank floors) and I thought it might get a bit corroded no being used.....so some guy that bought it came and took it away in his horse trailer.....he was going to use it in HIS 250 year old house!! YAY. So I felt better then....and the horse trailer had a ramp so we just pushed it up in there on a dolly....it must have weighed 600 lbs.
Yes, the grates of the old stove had one driving the other, and you're probably missing a gear on your grate because it was meant to be removed to take the grates out at some point and it just got lost. That's how mine was, I'd crank away and the other gear would disengage and I'd have to smack it back on with the crank handle (removable). And yes, it only seemed to really get the bottom 4" of the pot shaken up, the rest would sort of hover as a mass and I'd have to take the handle to the burner covers and push the hot coals and remaining ashes back down on to the grates. It was a small pot compared to what I have now of course, but it would get that whole top surface of the cooking area going and WOW, what a heat!!! No blower but I never even thought I needed one. OK enough reminicing....
I'm thinking my coal might be some of the good stuff because now that I'm burning the fire hotter and filling the pot and perfecting the shaking technique, I"m getting almost all ash or flat little ash like slivers, no unburned or partially burned stuff and so far no cold spots in the fire. We'll see if this keeps up a week from now. I still want to burn it for 5 months like the old one without have to outten it to get the clinkers out....so stay tuned for as the grate turns....
Are you looking for a gear for your Andes? I know a guy near Harrisburg, PA that will cast stuff for stoves.....or at least he recast my firepot walls a couple of years ago.