Coalfire wrote: joeq wrote:
How often do these flash-backs occur? Since this is my 1st full season of burning, I haven't ever been "blessed" with this concern, or phenomenon. What am I doing wrong? Are my gasses not as good as yours? Does my fire not have enuff heat? I see an entire thread on this topic from the past, and have yet to experience one.
Dear Joeq, After reading your post on flashbacks I felt your pain of being left out of the flashback club. I too have never experienced a flashback boom burning coal and at times I have also felt marginalized and left out. I had a Franco Belge with the individual glass strips in the door and no MPD. If I tried real real hard and did everything wrong, I could get it to give a quick little flash of rolling blue flame that filled the firebox and danced like the aurora borealis for a few seconds but alas, no boom. I shook it down, filled the hopper with fresh coal, added fresh coal directly onto the fire and covered all the red, opened and closed the top glass door but alas, never a boom. The best I ever got was the firebox filling with what looked like boiling blue flames. Never a boom. The disappointment was intense!
I trust that you will be able to find a competent counselor that will be able to talk you through the feeling that your gasses are inadequate and everyone else has better gasses and that their fire is better than yours.
Keep working and hold your head up high. Study the topic and keep working and one day, you too will find a way to blow up your stove and spread ash and flying metal around your living room or basement or dining room or kitchen or sun room.
As for me, I have given up pursuit of the coal gas boom. Now I concentrate and work diligently on not putting things in my house that have a tendency to blow up for no apparent reason at what appears to be purely random times. Keep me in your thoughts as I walk this path of life bereft of coal gas booms.