Been 7 days firing with coal now.
Must say its not what I thought it would be. So far its a lot better.
other than the little loading problem and the boom it caused no problems yet.
Thanks to Coaledsweat for the "banking tip" that seems to have stopped the poofing and backfires.
Now my problem is keeping the furnace supplied with enough coal while I am gone sometimes for 12 to 14 hour stretches when it cold outside. When I first stated it was in 30's. Now tonight it going to 10 or more below 0 if you believe our weatherman
With colder wether I am burning upwards of 100 lbs or more in 24 hours.
Trying to get my wife to add a couple shovels of coal at 3 pm just so it stays up but she wants np part of it after the "boom"
But on the positive side she is impressed with the lack of smoke smell from the woodfire and the dust is nothing at all compared to the wood. I like the longer burn per filling as opposed to the wood and also the cooler stack temps. Just cant seem to trust my stainless insulated Metalbestos 6 inch fabricated chimney like the old lined cement block ones. They are probably 5 times better than block but change comes slow to what my kids call an "oldman"....
I can see now that a bin is this weekends project.
But what to do with 10 or more full cords of dry firewood??? At $200 a cord for extra seasoned wood I should get a couple years of coal out of it