Kudos to this forum, the coal fire in my NewYorker WC90 stayed lit all last night AND this am!! Progress! Moreover, after 2 showers & running the dishwasher the temp was up to 190F. House warm, plenty of DHW, life is good. So how do we keep this good thing going?
Yesterday I piled the coal as far as I could in the back of the firebox and sloped it towards the door. I never got it level with the door opening; I figured I would try that today. The pile has collapsed somewhat today but I still have a nice hot pile with blue flame on top.
So when do I add more coal? How much? When do I shake it down & how much? Today is warm, 40+ but temps are set to drop below 0 tonight & stay cold for next 3 days.
I adjusted my damper more closed so it pulls more draft & increased my combustion fan temp from 130F (for wood) to 165F. I still need to buy a manometer.