Marty, Marty! You had it! I would have just let it alone. This is common and nothing to worry about. Just open the secondary vent on the feed door and you it would have been fine. These stoves are very forgiving and rarely if ever puff back. Once you had it full and had any blue flames, you are good to go and are in "recovery time". If you were nervous just leave the door cracked for 20 min till you see good flame but I always have this after a large refill and just close the door, open the the secondary feed door vent, leave my primaries and MPD wide open and take a 15 -30 min break then check it again. Anyway, live and learn my friend. Better to be cautious I suppose.
In William's vid he's showing how easy it is to get started. Had you just left it, within another hour you would have seen it cruising along. On the initial start up it is "more informative" to add layers and ignite each till you have it full. William is showing that you don't actually have to do that if you don't want to.
The good news is it seems like you got the leak problems solved! I think you are good to go. Well done.
Thanks Steve! I'm getting there with your help. I had tried to leave the secondar vent open, but the flame kept going out and the temperature dropped to 200.
I just tried again. I got the fire going for about 50 minutes and the temperature was 650. I added coal and dampered to 45, closed primaries to about 1/4 and went to indirect draft mode and a few minutes later the flames appeared and dropped to 400 and then came back to 450. The pot was only about 1/2 full so I added more to top it off and I lost flame again. I didn't open primaries or damper when I did this, maybe this was part of the problem? I let it go for about 10 minutes, but temp was getting down to 300 and I couldn't see flame. I threw a match in and it ignited the gas and now it seems to be burning fine, about 5 minutes later.
So you are saying last night or tonight when I lost flame and it got down to 200 if I had left it, the flames would have come back?
When I need to re-add coal is there a certain temperature the stove needs to indicate to ensure the new coal catches?
I've had a few mini "explosions" if you would when wood went out and the gases built up and then ignited, shaking the loading door pretty good. Are you saying I don't have to worry about this with coal?