jbirish, glad you are liking the 503. I have had good success with it too. I have found 12 hour cycles of caring for it most effective. Will just keep churning along...
Someone on the Forum several years ago posted a neat funnel idea for filling the hopper on this stove. You can get a galvanized piece at Home Depot and adapt it for this purpose. Don't know its proper name (readers please advise), but it is the 12" X 6" piece that is part of a floor register in a hot air heating system. Adapts 6" round ducting to the actual floor register. See photo showing basic piece upside down with notches cut to fit around the manual pipe damper rod that runs front to back through the top of the 503 hopper compartment. I put duct tape around the piece to dampen sound,but not necessary. Allows you to pour coal with abandon and not worry about getting it all over the sealing areas between the top door of the hopper and the stove itself. Good luck!
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