I left the crispy solid mass alone this time and waited till reloading time to break it up into chunks. The pic below is what it looked like after an 11 hour burn. It broke up easy enough and began burning pretty good. I also let it rev up a little before adding coal. I then added 3 scoops to the back leaving the front few inches uncovered. After that got burning good I put one scoop up front. I left the ash pan door open while I watched and waited. As the pipe passed 320 degrees I closed the ash pan door, and kept the secondary on the load door wide open. The pipe temp continued to climb. I closed the secondary half way. The pipe temp sailed on by 350. I closed the secondary more - I'm gettin nervous, shes goin nuclear
... The pipe temp cruised by 380 like it wasn't even there
... I attempted to close the secondary more, now its getting very unstable due to lack of oxygen.. At 399 on the pipe it finally plateaued.. This stuff just doesn't wanna be controlled at all.. I had 460 on the front of the furnace, 399 on the pipe, 140 blowin thru the warm air ducts!
That charade lasted about 45 minutes. All is well now, got toasty in here quick. I should have some of this stuff during those wicked cold spells... I think I need to close the ash pan door a little earlier to prevent a coaclear meltdown