Jammin416 wrote:I really can't get it to burn for a really long period, I have to do ashes before bed and again before work then if it is still going again after work. I just can't get it to burn slow and steady, i have to have it burn orange hot to keep it going and can't get that nice consistent blue flame, if i let it go to long it will end up going out. and i seem to get alot of ash and sometimes the coal isn't burned all the way, i assume that's from having to burn it to hot. My ash pan just slides in the front and it doesn't have a door like the newer ones, maybe that's causing a draft problem. I need to figure out something to put in there for next winter, maybe a sell feed insert or a self feed coal boiler. There is my fire place is lined with steel and it takes up a good bit of room, hoping i can remove that to get a better insert in there and use a liner. I'll have to keep messing with this so i can stay warm this winter lol, plus i have a ton of nut coal to burn. So you guys shake it down then load it correct? i have been trying to make less of a coal bed( not as thick) trying to keep from creating to much ash to keep a good draft.
Franco said early in this post... "It sounds very much that air is bypassing the coal grate which is fine for wood. Examine carefully all the places the air can go. It must go through the grate and not go around." he is very correct, only the air is not bypassing the "grate"... its actually bypassing the burning coal bed.
Its great you finally got a nice coal bed cookin', its also great that you know its burning orange hot and cant get it to turn down and maintain a slow even burn cycle, its also great you posted a photo of it after load up and orange burn and also a pic of your grate... all tell tails to me that you need to take that stove and throw it in the dumpster so you can spend a few hundred and get a decent coal burner. Can you see the edges of that burning coal bed (all 4 edges about 2"-5" in are ZERO burn areas! This not only does the obvious... IE: large stove that has about 10" total around each of the 4 sides of useless space, will leave unburned coal constantly, will allow by pass air to migrate from your coal bed to the outer edges as it attempts being primary air through the coal bed, etc.... but the worst effect it has is it will prevent you from ever having a steady, controlled, low burn (coal needs to maintain a min. temp coal bed and this coal bed HAS to hold heat to get a low burn... you essentially have an air conditioner blowing across your coal bed on all 4 sides by having those inches of what I call "dead space"). If you look at Ashdumps photo above you will see how his coal bed is burning across the entire coal bed (your stove is not and cannot do that!) its a design flaw for sure!
Im sorry my advise is not better than saying chuck that stove and buy one better designed
look on creigs list or ebay and I know you can get something to "fit the bill and the wallet"! don't be afraid to come back and ask for advise on a particular stove you see or take photo's and ask about condition if needed PRIOR to making the purchase... im going to keep my fingers crossed for you to find a quick, inexpensive solution
FYI: for Ashdump... your not loading that 404 up as much as you could, throw another 10lbs on it and don't be afraid to bank it up on the rear baffle as much as you can without it eventually falling out the load door (this will act as a "hopper" in effect).