Hello all, 25 years old, and GF and I moved in with my bud who bought a house. They have 2 coal stoves that came with the house. Researching on here, and hearth.com, We have a Surdiac Gotha 513 (or 713, but does not look like the bigger one) and an Efel little tiny thing in our breezeway. The Surdiac has a few broken panes of glass in front, and the hopper looks like it is disfigured from over firing). I guess we are learning on the Efel for now, keeping our shoes nice and warm/dry.
Anyways, We are having trouble with the Efel, The one time we got it to fire for a long time, it burned up an entire hopper of nut coal in 8 or 9 hours, and went out before we woke up! The rest of the time, we get it going for an hour or two, but it goes out. We have a damper, but not the RTS or whatever the good one is called, but I guess we need to get a cap on the chimney, as there is nothing on top as of now.
Should this small Efel be burning pea, or nut coal? I thought pea coal was clogging the grates, as I had one hell of a time shaking it. I'll take any advice/criticism anyone will hand out.