Looking to modify my Surdiac hopper in the future. As you can see, mine is a little ..."rough" around the edges, and guess this is common for this type of stove.
Because the consensus is a larger coal bed will burn longer, would it be beneficial if I were to take my mason blade on my circular saw and cut off the choked down section, or the distorted bottom part of this hopper, which would allow a taller bed of burning coals, even if it reduced the hopper capacity. I've been reading the threads on using larger coal, and nut coal just plain clogs my hopper. If I increased the bottom opening by cutting the bad section off, I wonder if I could increase my burn times by running nut, rather than pea. Anyone?