LsFarm wrote:I read the above posts, and had to laugh, all the stoker guys reported with low temps and idling fires. And the one hand load guy : who reported his fire had gone out twice. [I'm not laughing about that].
How about some more hand feed responses?
I run a hand fired boiler, the stack is about 100* (internal probe thermometer)and the boiler's water is about 200*. The high limit on the aquastat is set at 180*, but boilers store heat so no big deal. I do have a lousy chimney (short and exposed, 1 story on a two story house. The house has a better chimney effect than the chimney!
I make a habit of running it in overshoot (probably not a great idea with a stove), it keeps the draft blower off and the fire is happier without the up and down pattern that the blower creates going on and off.