Charlie Z wrote:Yikes! I'm afraid that we over complicate burning coal... This is handled elsewhere, but needs ref here:
- Open ash door and Shake till *burning bits drop* across grate,
- Leave door/draft control open to raise temp. Go fill hod (25lbs)
- FILL to TOP of firebrick
- Close ash door/draft control when temp passes 'cruise' temp (close @400* or so for ours)
- Control temp output like an oven dial with the draft controls.
- Same as above, just empty the ashpan when getting the coal.
- strong wood fire (or fancy briquettes)
- open ash door/draft control
- throw thin blanket layer of coal onto wood coals, wait 15 min, repeat till TOP of firebrick (~30 min total)
- Close ash door/draft control when temp passes "cruise".
Tools - Stick on temp guage (rutland) just about required for noobs.
- Manometer, highly recommended.
It doesn't burn like wood. If you leave the ashdoor open on a pure coal fire, it'll take about 15 mins to peg the temp guage (overfire). With a wood fire that will occur in about 1 minute with the loading door closed.
Stone simple and not tricky at all.
Hey!!! That is simple!!! (& all these years I've been patting myself on the back thinking how smart I was to be able to run my Harman!)