Don't be shy about filling her up once you start the stove or after shaking down. Coal is slow and lazy but once going it chugs along just fine. As always people here on NEPA are to help. You have my number as well.
ASHDUMP wrote:Had an overnight burn going last night but managed to suffocate it out. I had the stove burning a consistent 650d on the top of the stove but when I woke up this morning I had a nice bed of unburnt/red coals... So I had to get her going again this morning. I must have had the air not opened up enough, but I feel like if I were to open up the air more I would over fire the stove. I had her going strong from 8pm to 10pm.. then went to bed. Woke up at 7 and she was out...
I'm sure I'll figure it out.... any suggestions?
michaelanthony wrote:I checked your last photo to see if you had a manometer and I could not, I think one is in order. Maybe you could borrow one from a close forum member. Your fire seems to be going gang busters at first with all the new coal and then a lack of draft allowing it to fizzle...just one thought, with out knowing your draft we need to use process of elimination.
ASHDUMP wrote:I suppose my draft could be weak and I guess only time will tell as I'm really new at this. My damper has holes that allow air to pass thru even when fully closed. Right now I'm keeping an eye on it. I have both knobs fully open on the stove and have closed the damper 100%. With the damper fully open it was too much draft created a very hot stove. I'm trying to maintain a 600/650 degree stove as that seems to help out the upstairs warmth. Anything below that doesn't do much other than heating the basement.
I've got her loaded up to the top - I'm hoping I can get the stove dialed in so I only have to control the damper. I guess I could rework my ductwork too. Do a 45d right out the back along with a 3' section and then another 45d right into the horizontal going in the wall... Would probably help with the draft situation if thats the problem.
I will admit, I like the stove off the wall where I have it. The back of the stove produces a lot of heat.
michaelanthony wrote:Hey Ashdump, I am home from work and something a cured to me now bare with me...I now have a mpd and a baro on my set up. I also have a manometer measuring my draft and I can fine tune mine and hold a nice fire at -.03 w.c. which is the measurement of draft exiting my stove. There was a time last year during a cold spell my draft wasn't what I thought it should be and I was scratching my head and looking at my dryer and my basement needed air, the stove was using up more air than was available and causing a negative pressure little as it was it was having a direct effect on my draft...........so BINGO! cracked a window and everything settled down the baro started a flappin'. What you may need is some make up air to feed the basement, there are many ways to do this...I just crack a window and what I want to do is install a simple louvered dryer vent with the louvers on the inside of the window pane so air can come in when needed I just thought of something, my basement needs a baro! hahaha
ASHDUMP wrote:Guys, thanks for the remarks regarding my setup. I have a walkout basement with a double door that leaks air like a sieve. I actually just got done wrapping her up in plastic to knock down some of the draft because that was the major culprit to my house being cold. I made sure that there was still a little bit of draft coming thru the bottom to supply my nat. gas boiler and water heater (and now the stove).
The back of my stove puts out so much heat partly because of the piping setup. I've stuck a fan behind it circulating some of the nice warm air around. I've noticed a huge difference with the stove and now the plastic knocking down some of the draft. I'm on the fence if I should keep my basement door open to bring some of the warm air up or keep it shut and just condition the air in the basement. The double walkout door is at the far end of my "Z" shaped basement so if I keep my upstairs basement door open all the hot air rises and keeps the farthest point in my basement cool. (oh the madness! )
Would you guys say I'm burning on the higher end temperature wise? At some points the top of the stove is cooking around 650 but sometimes will get slightly past that - I never like to get it below 600 though. I'm getting about 8 to 10hr burns.
I woke up this morning and the stove was out. Most of all the coal was burned up and was probably cooking around 650 while we were sleeping. Maybe at night I need to dial it down a bit so save some heat/coal, then during the day fire her back up to 650?
Next time I get her going I'll keep my MPD open 100% and dial in the knobs on the front.