-9 F on the partially enclosed rear side porch, last night was very cold. I have no amazing story, the Octagon threw 650F . I removed the tiles a few days back,
and reversed the two side panels which induced convection. The little stove worked as it should. But at -9F, and a 1850 house, it was rather cold in the far rooms, 50 F.
So far, the house stays comfortable at 0 F and above and is very comfortable at 10 F plus.....
My friend gave me some nice stove-sized coal. I load the fire pot with some stove, and line the circumference with nut. This seems to burn very well in this weather at a stack temp of 200 F, up 16" from the top flue. I've noticed shake down has been easier. The ash is a super fine gray/white powder.
I use a thin metal hook tool to draw forward some rear ash, and to break down some of the smaller spent coal clumps. Running the stove hotter seems to make shake down less stressful. I don't feel compelled to lower the fire gate, as I call rake and crush the ash much easier.
I am just getting acquainted with this stove, so it will take many more days to unlock the mystery as to how to best operate this unit.
The Large Round ran like a champ. It is an extremely consistent unit. Shake down is a breeze, ash dumps are easy, I can run that stove blindfolded.
BTW, with both Godins, I have 5" pipe connected to 6" outside chimney.
Imperial brand stove pipe manufacturer offers 24 gauge 4" black stove with 4 to 6 " increaser, MPD, etc. I wonder if the Octagon will run more efficiently, somehow,
with the 4" stove pipe? The rear flue is 4" , and switching out might be an option.
If someone out there could explain to me the benefit of using 4" with the small Godin, I would appreciate that.