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I saw your stove on NEPA and was pleased to see that it matched the one that I purchased late last winter. I was only able to put two fires in it before the heating season was over. It is in my lake house at Lake Wallenpaupack PA. I did not have too much success with it in the only two times of use.
Would you be willing to teach me how to operate it as it is the same one as yours?
Mine is in nice condition although it has not been restored. Appears original.
Hey, BD we have a credo around here and that is as we wrestle with a new type of stove let's do it in public. Another Invader user in the future could benefit. OTOH if you can get me a date with Cindy Crawford, please keep that private.
There is nothing unique about this coal stove and experienced posters around here will be able to guide you as well as I. Firstly, we need to understand the exact nature of your failure.
Firstly, this stove came from Doug so I am sure it's great so lets' deal with a few obvious things. The stove will probably do best burning a good quality (chest)nut coal. So where did you get the coal and what size is it. With mica stoves just burning a few pieces of newspaper is good. The chimney does not draft and any leaks are revealed as the stove fills up with smoke. So are the doors and windows sealed tight. A dollar bill on all the doors will reveal if they are not fitting right. So onto the chimney, height (higher chimneys draw better and a cabin on the Lake may not have the highest chimney), composition (lined, tiled etc.) When we have these things answered onto the lighting and causes of failure and how to use those baseburner features. There are many experts here better than I on this feature and we will get to the bottom of this thing real quick. A cabin on the lake, sounds a perfect application for this little stove. This project is going to be fun for us all, this is how we get our kicks (or some of them).