JohnB wrote:A couple of (possibly dumb) questions for those familiar with the EZ-Flow models. If you are just planning on taking the chill off using a coal fire do you just add small amounts of coal as needed as opposed to filling the hopper? If the hopper is filled & the fire goes out can you make enough room to build a small wood fire to get things going again without coal pouring in from the hopper or would the hopper have to be emptied?
I don't run the stove you are looking at, but in the stove I do run the answer is no. When running at low temperatures (stove temperatures, not outside temperatures) I still run the stove full of coal. I just run down the air feeds and close the damper. I don't know if the Hitzer is one of those stoves that doesn't use a damper, if that is the case, then you just close up the air feeds. With my old stove, it can be tricky to get it to run consistently below 150 but I have been able to do it. My flue temps are running between 50 and 75 at that time. But for you with the Hitzer, it will be a lot easier to run it low I'd imagine. Careful with the temperatures being quoted, they are very dependent upon where they are taken on the stove. The thermometers used are usually surface mounted. What they read depends upon exactly where they are placed and the stove they are on. So exact numbers between stoves is hard to compare.