New DS 1500: Week 3 (and Final!) Report

New DS 1500: Week 3 (and Final!) Report

PostBy: MarkV On: Mon. Feb. 11, 2013 10:28 am

After three weeks of burning the DS 1500 under widely varying conditions, I'm very pleased with this stove. I still scratch my head over a few minor design quirks, but regardless of the weather conditions, with the proper adjustment to MPD and thermostat, it just keeps humming along, doing its thing.

I was seriously intimidated by this stove when I first fired it up, given its size and capacity compared to my little old Franco. I set my alarm to get up every two hours the first couple nights it was burning just to check on it. And I was really nervous the first few days I had to go to work and leave my wife and son home with it. I actually had my son texting me the mag thermometer readings from stovetop and pipe every hour the first two days :roll: Once we got into the second week, though, I was lots more confident that the stove was just gonna go on burning without problems. I'm back to the point where I was with the Franco...shake it, fill it, check the settings, and forget it till next time. I do still go and check it now and then, but that's not because I'm's because the fire is so pretty to watch! :D

The twice-a-day shaking routine I've used is keeping the fire burning nicely. No problems with puffbacks at all with the twice daily shaking...with just a few minutes of ash door being open, the blues are right back and the fire is going strong. One of these days when I'm home all day, I plan to let the stove go 24 hours and see how that works out.

I'm still trying to get the ash buildup in the back of the firebox knocked down. I plan to buy, or make, a longer poker for that, but it isn't causing a major problem, and seems to be improving since I started doing one slow, long stroke in each direction with the shaker handle, before doing the usual quick, short-stroke shaking.

I did my first glass cleaning yesterday, using a damp paper towel dipped in fly ash. Fantastic results--more about that here: glass cleaner

So overall, I'm one happy coal burner again, and a major DS Machine fan. Thanks to all of you on here who provided advice and tips to get me up and running with the 1500!!!
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine DS-1500WH
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak bulk nut

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Re: New DS 1500: Week 3 (and Final!) Report

PostBy: buck24 On: Mon. Feb. 11, 2013 12:55 pm

MarkV ..... Sounds like you got the DS tuned in just right. Takes a little time to get to know your stove and what she is able to do. The DS is a good stove and should do a good job for many years to come. Stay warm. ;)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: New Buck Corp. / MODEL 24 COAL
Coal Size/Type: Pea, Nut / Anthracite