Jack Magnum wrote:Yep coal sunk a bit
That will stop in a few days. (it's nice when it sinks by itself but that always stops after the fire has been going a few days, at which point you will need to be a bit more aggressive with you shake down procedure & poke it a bit (to find air pockets) ffom the top) No need to poke for a few days though, as long as the coal bed settle by itself or with a little shaking.
Jack Magnum wrote:I poured coal from 50lb bags to buckets and then when I take from the bucket I get dust and seems to be quite abit of fines or residue in the bottom of the bucket. I guess would be normal right ?
Yup...that's normal & why I do all my transferring from bag to coal hod outside my basement door. (there are numerous threads on how some people wet down or oil their coal to keep dust down. I tend to mainly load my TLC with a hand shovel through the glass door (better control of where the coal goes) rather than dumping it through the top load door, so I have very little dust anyway. You can't avoid all the dust, no matter how careful you are, so it's a good idea to use a vacuum on the top of th stove & surrounding area, regularly.