I have an update. I fill the hopper everytime I shake it now. Stove is making good heat running about 250 degrees on stovepipe about 20" above stove outlet. What I am finding out is that I have to shake the grates about every 6 hours. Went to bed last night at 12midnight shook the grates then filled er up. I have today off so I got up about 8. When I checked out stove I could see no bright ash. I shook the grate and It took right off burning good. I am using kimmel pea coal from agway. It seems like it has lots of ash. Should I switch to a different coal? The blashak coal I started out with was nice and dry the kimmel coal seems like it is oily. I don't know, I am on my fourth day burning coal. While I'm at is merry christmas to everybody. If it wasn't for this site I would be scratching my bald head even more. Again thanks for all the help. Vermonster '
I think you have to lower the thermostat a bit to get longer burn times. 250 degrees on the stack is a bit high for that stove. Do a thorough job on clearing the ash. You might try Blaschak again to compare.
I will lower the damper on the stove and give it a try. I did install a manual damper on the stove pipe. Should I choke that a bit? I know many people on here do not like using a manual damper on coal stove I by no means want to start a flame war. Thanks
My Surdiacs draft only operates at the manufacturers recommendations of -.04, when the MPD is "almost" fully closed. And now that my 6" pipe is cleared of all ash build-up, it won't go below -.06, even with the damper fully shut. (Which I won't do, so I crack it open a touch).