titleist1 wrote:how far back the grates was the fire burning? was it headed into the hopper? it doesn't sound like you moved anything that would change the combustion air flow path so the only thing i can think of is that you don't have it feeding new coal fast enough and the fire burns too far back the grates. how many dots are you pushing?
by the way, what draft is your flue pipe seeing and can you take a manometer reading on the firebox?
I was pushing 3 dots. Fire was close to the front of the stove like 2" from the front...but it may have gone close to the back. It was hard to get it started, but then it really took off. I don't have a manometer and don't know what my draft was, but the barometric was open - the chimney liner is 51/2 inches. It usually has a good draw.