chicgurl1974 wrote:I'm switching from wood to coal because of all the snow and rain on the wood. I think stacking bags of coal would be easier for me. I have a harman II stove. I bought my first few tester bags of coal and i'm totally clueless
1) how much coal to use when first starting your fire - just coat the bottom grate with one layer of coal?
2) when to add more coals (every 15 mins or until the new layer is glowing red? How many layers am I looking at when I'm done and ready to leave it alone?
3) when do I shake the coal of ashes ex: when the flame is low?
4) when to clean that bottom grate - is it safe to open and clean out excess coals while the fire is cooking above? Obviously if i Let the fires die it will be cold in the house when i clean
5) Is anyone using a coal starter gel? Match light coals?
6) what size coal? I bought the stove size huge nuggets and I have a Harma II
7) how long does it take to get the stove hot after u start it?
8) How do i Know when coal is BAD or not a good brand?
Hi chicgurl, As Devil said read this whole thread from the beginning ALL the answer to your quesions are here. A Harman Mark II is a good stove BUT
i don't think it's going to be able to heat a 2700 sq house it's only rated at 72,000 BTU.