Keystoker Rice Coal Stove - Fire moving too far down grate

Re: Keystoker Rice Coal Stove - Fire moving too far down grate

PostBy: joia24 On: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:50 pm

Wiz wrote:Shut keystoker down and check grate's for block holes and fines under grate. Also take putty knife over to of grate to see if something has stuck fast. Don't change feed rate just yet.


The fire bed has returned, of it's own volition, to the wide smiley face that I'm used to and in the right place on the grate. I think the fines have affected and will affect the pattern of the bed - a first for me. You are all wonderful to help and all of the advice I received was
greatly appreciated. You wonderful people have saved me more than once. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
joia24
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker 105 BTU 1996
Stove/Furnace Model: Serial #2278

Re: Keystoker Rice Coal Stove - Fire moving too far down grate

PostBy: joia24 On: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:51 pm

joia24 wrote:
titleist1 wrote:if you havent changed coal from the time it was burning 'normal' i'd guess the the reason for pushing burning coal off the end is the feed rate is too high or there isn't enough air coming through the grate holes to completely burn up the coal before it gets pushed off the end. the odd burn pattern leans me toward the clogged grate holes.

did you clear them out before firing up this year?


I don't think the grate holes are clogged as my stove was meticulously cleaned by me before the season started - I do the same thing in January - takes me all day but for some crazy reason, I love to do it. I think it's because the Keystoker provides such wonderful, toasty heat - my way of saying "thank you". Now you think I'm nuts. I did have to order coal late last spring and I think it was the bottom of the pile coal as there are nice pieces of rice coal but there's also an
unusual amount of dust and some - though not a lot - bits of very small pieces. Could they be clogging the grate? Or is it the amount of air coming through the grate?

Thanks for your response.


The fire bed has returned, of it's own volition, to the wide smiley face that I'm used to and in the right place on the grate. I think the fines have affected and will affect the pattern of the bed - a first for me. You are all wonderful to help and all of the advice I received was
greatly appreciated. You wonderful people have saved me more than once. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
joia24
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker 105 BTU 1996
Stove/Furnace Model: Serial #2278

Re: Keystoker Rice Coal Stove - Fire moving too far down grate

PostBy: Tobytech On: Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:36 pm

I have had a similar issue with my keystoker 90k. I at first thought it was an issue with the combustion blower not providing enough air to the coal bed. What I have done in the past is this: 1) let the stove burn down to the very minimum and clean the unburnt ash from the tray. 2) Slide the combustion blower to the side and use a shop vac to clear all fine particulate from under the grate. 3) Use the shop vac and clean the top of the grate up to the burning coal and clearing all clogged holes with a nail set. 4) Peg the thermostat and see if your fire line returns as normal.

My shop vac is a leaf blower as well. I have flash blown air into the combustion blower to stimulate the fire as well. It makes a mess, however, has cleared the fire pan without extensive cleaning.

I have went as far as to completely remove both grates, sandblast, and reset them in the tray resealing them with stove cement thinking I was getting excessive air loss through the side walls. I would use this as a last ditch effort being we are in the belly of the beast in the heating season. Good luck and I hope your fire line becomes nice and straight.
Tobytech
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: 90k