BPatrick wrote:Thats exactly what I'm going to do. A few days ago we had a lot of winds and mid low 20's. I ran the stove a little hotter to keep up. I capped it off with some pea. I think mixing it all together will be the perfect blend but I have an antique stove and the grates let the small stove through. That's why I do 3/4 nut and 1/4 pea. On really mild days I do 1/4 nut and 3/4 pea, really long burn times and cruising around 350 with no window stats because the kids are roasting. It cracks me up when they complain about it being too warm. I grew up in the 70's and our house was 66 in the winter and you wore sweats everywhere.
BPatrick, Are you running anthracite out there in MI? With my old Glenwood, it doesn't like pea at all - it just gets choked up and I drop a lot of pea through the grates. I've tried nut, pea, mixed nut and pea, mixed nut and stove, mixed stove and pea, and mixed stove, nut and pea. I frankly just love stove size for the old lady. My last batch of stove size came in large and I liked that also. If I could get egg, I'd probably run that. I run down consistently to around 200 and when I'm lucky can run down as low as around 175. I think a couple times I've succeeded to run a bit lower - all with stove coal. If you can't get below 350, you should check our stove for air leaks. Of course, this all depends upon if you are anthracite or bit coal. If it's not anthracite, I have no idea what to expect...
As far as noticing a big difference from warm temps to cold temps, high winds to low winds, I notice some difference, but not very much. I have really good draft on my stove so that may account for the little difference I see compared with others.