Trry wrote:Great video. I have a Godin Round, and use the same method, but since my stove is round, I need to reach further back into the stove to get at the ashes in the rear of the stove. I use a 30 inch length of copper pipe I had laying around. I flattened a half inch on one end, so ash doesn't run up the pipe, and bent it 90 degrees. I insert it between the front gate members and sort of drill it to the back of the stove. Then I rake out what I can, moving as much to the front as I can. This is not totally successful, but it gets enough ash out to let the stove function well. Then I shake until all I have left is some unbroken nuggets on the grate. Then I DO lower the front and shovel out what rests there. Carefully, and I don't disturb the "bridge" above. I then close the front gate, and then insert a totally flattened piece of copper pipe with about an inch and a half of "L" at the end and rake at the bridge. This causes more ash and nuggets to fall. I then shake that out, and if there are some nuggets left that do not crush and fall, I leave them there. Seems to work well, and it takes about 10 minutes total. I do this each morning and each night. I fill the stove about half way or a bit more usually, and I am done, once the vent and damper are set, following a short time to allow the new coal to light.
I am thinking of developing an auger to try to get more of that ash out of the back of the stove; if I so I will let everyone know how that works.
To some folks this may seem like a bit of work, and it is more work than my old Harmon used to make me do, but it is a lot easier than splitting and stacking wood, hauling that in the house, stacking it again, and tending the fire every few hours. Plus, my house is much more comfortable ALL the time, not just when the wood is burning at it's optimal stage.
These days I go out to my coal bin on Saturday morning and carry in enough coal for the week. Fifteen minutes. Nice.
Thanks for your imput. I have a Large Round going in this coming week. This will be my secondary source in the rear of the house.
I like the copper pipe tools.
Now I see Chiefcamper (needs?) to place a butter-knife in the top load door to prevent a puff back and to achieve faster ignition of the gases. I assume his MPD is wide open
and the Fire Door Air-Inlet is spun wide open as well, (or close to that).
Once my chimney is up "6 and I am sure there will be adequate draft, here's how I see the draft situation.
Before shaking and recharging the stove, turn the MPD wide open, and spin the lower air inlet open to get a strong draft going to clear the firebox of gases.
At this point I may or may not recharge the box with a layer of fresh nut/pea range. I always do this with my Vigilant. Then I would do the slicing and ash removal. After that is completed, it's time to layer the coal bed until the box is sufficiently filled. Once the side wall reaches 500F (or so), it's time to close the restrict the air-inlet on the fire door and then close the manual pipe damper. I would assume the Large Round Godin will operate well with a good chimney, MPD fully closed and the air-inlet appropiately