EarthWindandFire wrote:Most of the guys answering this thread have auger type boilers etc which don't experience this problem. As a Leisure Line stove owner, I can attest and sympathize to the frustration with the hopper. Matt had the best reply, a small device attached to the bin may indeed be the answer.
During the coldest part of winter, I stuff the bin at 7:00 am and RUSH home at 5:30 pm before the stove runs out of fuel. Several times I was almost too late, the surface tension of the rice coal causes it to bind and leave 40 lbs of rice stuck against the bin - useless.
A stove or boiler in the basement could benefit from a tall narrow bin, not a wide deep bin as installed.
Are we talking about the bit that hangs up at the very bottom of the hopper?
With a flat hopper, I'm not sure you'll ever get rid of that. They had fielded requests two years ago about putting in angled plates on either side of the hopper, but that would have reduced capacity by, you guessed it, 40lbs.
My rice has never tunneled, but I also never empty the bin completely. And since I burn year round, I probably have some of the original coal I started out with three years ago in that hopper...