Almost lost it.
I have gotten to an area in my coal bin where it seems to be half lump coal and half black sand (fines). I am trying to burn it since I paid for it. A few days ago I got up in the morning to a weak looking fire. I shook it down good so it could breath, but the coal comming down from the hopper must have had to much of the fine crap in it. The fire contunued to barely glow down amongst the new coals. I opended the ash door wide open and it still would not spread or liven up. I shut the ash door than night before I went to bed, expecting the fire to be out in the morning. When I got up the house was cold but there was still a little warmth in the stove. Under closer inspection I could see a few dull red coals deep in the bed. I hated to loose my standing in the One Match Club so I came up with an idea that just might save my fire.
I opened the ash door all the way again, closed the draft on the back of the stove an placed a small box fan right up touching the front of the stove and aimed into the ash pit. I turned the fan on high. I kept my eye on the Carbon Monoxide detector. I'll be darned if that little bit of fire didn't start glowing brighter and then spread within minutes.
I am now scooping coal from around the edges of the pile where the big chunks hang out. If I can keep it going for the nest two or three weeks I will have made it into the OMC for the second time ever. Now what do I do with the big part of the pile of coal that has what appears to be about 50% fines and 50% chunks
I am not too happy about this situation and will probably call my coal dealer and see if I can get some compensation for the useless fines in my pile and idealy but not likely get some help in gettin maybe 1000 pounds of fines out of my cellar