It not a problem of my stove handling the heat out put, I run stove temp 350-450 threw out winter and can go much higher if needed.
Here is my daily routine- 6:30pm house is 72 and stove temp is 350deg, shake it down and add about 20lbs of nut for the night.
- 6:30am house has dropped 3-4deg. but stove temp has stayed the same temp with plenty of coal left, shake stove, top off coal-repeat.
I am not saying anything is wrong with this system, I was just starting to turn up stove 1/2 - 1 notch hotter at night. I was just looking at a possibility of working a thermosat into the works with the chain operated bi-metal thermostat. I understand and am happy with my handfired stove, I am my own worst enemy, always trying to make things work better/easier. LOL
I feel with the correct componets this could be done, all we are doing here is opening an intake door as required to get a thermostat reading. I do understand that this all just wipes out the simplicity of a hand fired coal stove.
PS- I have a very good draft and manual dampner stay 85% closed always. Stove is in a semi/finished block wall family room basement of a 2600sq ft ranch, floor reqisters, no fans. Basement is usually 2-3deg. warmer than living space.