lewis wrote:The threads kinda long to read from the beginning You need a good draft. other thought is the gates are all plugged up cause your the guy that tried to burn Rice in it.
Should burn 8 - 10 hrs easy between shakes and never go out.
You're right, it is a long thread. Its purpose is not just to help "me" with "my" problems, but hopefully the info experienced members here have been advising will also benefit people with similar issues. The thread is very detailed and specific to a common complaint inexperienced operators like me often battle with in the initial stages of coal operation. That would be "short burn times". Each application is different, and in this thread I've tried to list all variables affecting my situation. It may not pertain to yours, but maybe some-one elses.
You mentioned in your response I may have a poor draft. Above I've stated my manometer always shows a great draft, (maybe too much), which I try to control with an MPD.
secondly, my grates "do" clog every few hrs, necessitating in riddling often to keep them breathing. And 3rd, no I never put rice in my stove.
Lastly, I would love to go 8-10 hrs with-out having to tend to the stove. After a couple of full seasons with this stove, (Surdiac 513), I don't see how it's possible. Even if I could keep the fire burning that long, the hopper still needs to be fed every 4-6 hrs. thanx for your input