Wood'nCoal wrote:I've done that!
You probably went a little too far with the shaker lever. It's either a piece of unburnt coal or a large hard clinker. Depending on which way the grates are turned, it's either in the front or the back of the stove. usually which ever grate is up by the firebox wall. Once the lever jams like that pushing it farther to try to dislodge the jam usually makes it worse.
Get a piece of metal rod, a wire coat hanger or a piece of a tomato "cage" will do, cut a straight piece about 20" long, then bend one end at a 90 degree angle. Remove the ash pan, and probe along the edges of the grates to see if you can find the jam. Then try and dislodge it with the wire. The coat hanger probably won't be rigid enough to do this. If the TLC is anything like my stove, it's difficult to get to the grate edges, but it can be done.
Thanks for the good ideas John. Right now I'm not in panic mode as I got almost a feel charge into the stove just b4 the jam happened, mid afternoon & it's running normaly. (My big concern was the the whole fire would suddenly just collapse into the ash pan, so I left a good bed of ash in there to absorb some heat.) I don't know what is actualy holding the coal bed up, as the shaker handle is lodged fully in (towards the back of the stove) & wont budge a millimeter! The stove has been running continuosly since late October so I good cleaning out won't hurt it........Now, if I can only keep it running for another 48 hours till the warm weather hits! (Could be 60* by mid-week)