It never pays to do things when you're....

It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:22 am

Tired.

I've been working a lot of OT on the weekends. Then during the week I've been getting up at 3-4 in the morning to drive 90-100+ miles one way to work. Needless to say. I'm tired. Last night I got home from work, shook the stove down a little early, filled it. Went to my son's Christmas concert came home, decided to take the ash pan out of the stove and empty it. I didn't put it back in the stove but had kicked the ash pan door closed and latched it with my foot as I carried the pan outside. I then put the pan on the tile and sat down in my recliner where I dozed off, eventually I decided to go to bed.

I woke up at 0300 because I was hot. Walked out to the living room and saw the house was 83*. :shock: I looked at the stove and saw the entire bed of coals was a bright red with blue flames. :o WTF? I said to myself. I looked at the bimetallic thermostat and it was still set to 3 1/4. I hit the top of the stove with the laser thermometer, "---" ok, it was over 625* set on 3 1/4 when it should've only read 325*; the magnetic gauge was reading 760*. Hopper open? I checked. Nope, hopper is not on fire. Loading door still open from when I loaded the stove? Nope. Closed it after the blue flames appeared. Ash pan door? No, it doesn't look like it's ope....oh wait...is the handle more vertical than horizontal? Yup. I didn't close the door all the way. FFFFFUUUUUUUU......

So, let this be a reminder to all of you over worked and tired zombies. Make sure the doors on your stove are closed tight. Luckily my ash pan door was closed, just not properly latched so it'd didn't get crazy hot; front of the stove read 480* with the thermometer. But it could've been worse.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:36 am

Or when you're getting frustrated, time to go sit and relax. I'll let something go to the next day the second I starting getting pissed, whenever I do that something that was frustrating me for hours miraculously is solved in minutes. Never fails.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:38 am

Yup. I know it's time to stop what I'm doing when I'm about to break something out of frustration. This week has definitely been rough with my sleep pattern being what it is. This weekend is going to feel so good. No work, four days off.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

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Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:41 am

I'm On Fire wrote:Yup. I know it's time to stop what I'm doing when I'm about to break something out of frustration. This week has definitely been rough with my sleep pattern being what it is. This weekend is going to feel so good. No work, four days off.


Make the most of it.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:49 am

I'm on fire,I always make it part of my reload routine after 5 or 10 minutes go back and recheck the locks and the settings before I leave or go about my business,also I don't ever close the ash pan or loading door without locking them! Take care Keepaeyeonit :)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983 insert
Coal Size/Type: Mammoth nut
Other Heating: oil furnace,and a crappy heat pump

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:52 pm

I usually put the ash pan back and make sure it's closed. But I've been like a zombie this week. I just put it on the floor when I was done and just walked away.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:03 pm

Zombies are basically dead people aren't they?
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: franco b On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:49 pm

freetown fred wrote:Zombies are basically dead people aren't they?

No they only appear to be. Just go into any government office to see lots of them.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
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Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: samhill On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:56 pm

I've already needed my morning cup of coffee so bad I put everything together except putting the pot underneath, it sure does smell good & strong but not fun to clean up when you still need that first cup.
samhill
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:44 pm

samhill wrote:I've already needed my morning cup of coffee so bad I put everything together except putting the pot underneath, it sure does smell good & strong but not fun to clean up when you still need that first cup.


I've done that numerous times.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: wsherrick On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:21 pm

Get a job with the Railroad and you will learn to function as an exhausted zombie 24/7. Throw in a four hour commute round trip on top of a 15 hour day and you are done on both sides. Extra crispy.
wsherrick
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Base Heater, Crawford Base Heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford Base Heater, Glenwood, Stanley Argand
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut, Stove Size

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: lobsterman On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:28 pm

Sounds like your stove is a real heatin' beast. For my No. 6, the only way I could get a run-away is to BOTH let the indirect draft + manual damper open AND the primary air (or ash door) wide open. Not much reason to ever let everything wide open with a load of coal as that coal is only loaded if the stove is already hot and therefore dampered down.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Glenwood
Stove/Furnace Model: Base Heater No. 6

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: Vangellis On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:06 pm

samhill wrote:I've already needed my morning cup of coffee so bad I put everything together except putting the pot underneath, it sure does smell good & strong but not fun to clean up when you still need that first cup.



Boy, I hate when that happens, and it has. :P



Kevin
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Olix Air Flo
Coal Size/Type: Nut
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Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: SteveZee On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:13 am

lobsterman wrote:Sounds like your stove is a real heatin' beast. For my No. 6, the only way I could get a run-away is to BOTH let the indirect draft + manual damper open AND the primary air (or ash door) wide open. Not much reason to ever let everything wide open with a load of coal as that coal is only loaded if the stove is already hot and therefore dampered down.

Same with my 116. If it's in indirect mode with the MPD closed, I can open the primaries all the way and not over heat it. BUT, leave it in the direct mode and mpd open and it sucks allot more air. I always do a check on both stoves before going up to bed. I get fidgity if I don't. Creature of habit.
Last night we had a good blow out there. I'm guessing 40-45 winds most of the night. I call it a widow rattler in this old place. Just before I went up I heaped up both stoves good but left them set where they'd been instead of the usual rev em up a bit for a half hour. Didn't shake as hard either. It becomes like running your vehicle. You know all the nuance of your stove and chimneys. ;)
SteveZee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

Re: It never pays to do things when you're....

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:27 am

"You know all the nuance of your stove and chimneys." -----And that's the most important part of this whole coal burning venture!! ;) Tired don't come close to cuttin it!
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