First time coal burner here. Inherited a Hitzer 30-95 in my house purchased in the spring. It was built in 1900 and the stove is supposed to be supplemental heat. I've tried a few things trying to get it lit the past few weeks including using charcoal with a heat gun with limited success. I used Devil505's advice getting a good fire going and adding coal a bit at a time into the flames.
I let it run wide open while I added a layer of nut coal letting each layer get going before adding another. I have it loaded to the level of the firebrick and it has been running beautifully for several hours now with lovely blue flame standing guard all over the coals.
I am interested to see where it is before I go to bed. I expect that it will be time to shake it by that time. That is the next step in my tutorial, how long to let it go before shaking it and reloading to the top of the firebrick.
I guess I need to determine how much my normal temp drops and how low the level of coal drops below the firebrick.
My magnetic gauge on the chimney reads about 400 with the back flue closed and the ash pan slider 3/4 closed. I will check the temp before I go to bed and if it is getting low and the coals are looking dim I will open the ash pan door, let the fire liven up and add more coal and get it back to what I've had cooking all afternoon and dampen it down to what I had running all day and hope it performs the same all night.
This is my first night having this running... I'm excited!
sorry for the really long first post
I have been lurking these forums for a week or so and would like to thank everyone for getting me to this point.