PoconoPassaro wrote:Last night was the very first time since fall of 2011 it burned all night!
Woke up and was dying out so on way out to work, I knifed it and refilled the hopper. Came home at lunchtime to a tepid stove with no red coals! Maybe I didn't knock all of the ash down when i emptied the pan, it (the ash) was very fine and no coal in the pan. I am sure the warmer day we had here in northeast PA had something to do with it dying today. I am going to scoop all of the coal from the hopper tomorrow and relight it unless there is another way to refire the thing without scooping it and starting fresh as that is a job in itself.
I cant add alot to what everyone has said here, Could you post some pics of the stove when you can? (chances are its one of those big square box type Jotul's they "claim" is a Coal Stove).
I will say that this one time you succeed as quoted above gives some good "hope"
next time when you "knife it" in the morning leave the bottom open for a few minutes and then add a little coal and wait for that new coal to get rolling BEFORE you add any significant amount of coal OR close it up/turn it down. Hopefully with practice you will be able to regularly "catch" it in the morning as your making your coffee