half-pint wrote:I measure my temp. at the top of the barrel. I run in the same location as you and William. The top of my thermometer is actually under the lip of my top nickel ring. If you look closely in my pics I just posted you can see the thermometer on the top side of the barrel.
Well, you certainly do better than I do on your coal consumption... that is the same place we both run the thermometer... If I drop the temp down towards 350 or 325, I'll burn what you are saying at the 430... But if I get up over 400 I definitely burn more than 25 pounds a day...
half-pint wrote:I measure temp. at times in other locations with a handheld infrared temperature sensor Just to be sure nothing gets too hot.
I wouldn't worry too much about that... I've run my stove with the thermometer up top above 700 for extended periods of time with no damage to this stove. Heck yesterday I was feeling cold so I opened up the bottom door, opened up the damper, left the baseburner on and popped the stove temp up over 700 for several hours. Got my house up to 84 degrees before I felt warmed up... My wife was asking what the hell I was doing... I told her I was just chilled to the bone... I got warmed up... (Oh, and for those that like numbers, the chimney temp was at about 250)