ShaneG wrote:I have lots of partialy burnt coal, the fire is going out. I did not fill the stove up to the top of the fire bricks, but there was at least 25 lbs of coal in there and it looked beautiful at 10:00 pm. This morning, just more unburnt coal, about half of it. I started a wood fire on top of the unburnt coal (had to get to work), I'll shake it out after work and fill it up to the top of the fire bricks and give it a try. Is there such a thing as to much forced air?
ShaneG wrote:Ok it's 9:35 pm, I'm almost to the top of the fire brick, I'll wait awhile and let the coal get caught up, shake it down one more time and add up to the top, It's looking great, my radiant heat is running around 160 degrees, which is inthe range that I wanted, and LsFarm, mine is not a big bertha, but it's still turning out fun to figure it out, I'll need to talk to you more on this. Only one concern, this is where I was at last night, and leaving it alone...My wife thinks it's a good thing that we also have a pellet stove, not what I wanted to hear...
Devil5052 wrote:Fill it all the way up.
Wood'nCoal wrote:I had my stove filled to full capacity at 10 PM last night. At 4:30 this morning there was only a softball sized area burning. I brought it back with some charcoal. Other times I'm still have a reasonable full fire still burning in the morning, with the draft vent set the same. It's all determined by the quality of the coal when all the other variables such as draft, amount of air available to the fire, etc. all remain the same.
ShaneG wrote:One of reasons I waited last night to fill it up all the way, is that I still had some wood burning in the stove left over from the morning. I did do another shake down and filled it all the way up last night, this morning I had a bed of coal, not a great deal of coal, but is was glowing, I shook it down again, it seemed like I put it out. Thinking it was not enough to start more coal with, I put on wood. I see that Devil5052 used charcoal, did not even think about charcoal. Tonight, I'm fill er up, turn up my draft alittle, and picking up a bag of charcoal.