Ndcoal wrote:I just received 3 condor magnetic stove thermometers. So of course I threw them on the stove..
I put the stove temp on the cast iron feed door close to the coals. It reads 450F.
I put one stack temp about a foot away from where the stove exhaust exits. It reads about 275F.
I put my other stack temp a number of feet away, a bit after the barometric damper, very close to where it enters into the brick chimney. It reads about 170F.
My living room is 70-71 F depending on where I go. It's about 10F outside.
My units are designed for wood stoves and have creosote indicators, though I suppose that isn't as critical with coal (though I read lignite can produce some creosote?). They give ideal stove operating temp guidelines and I'm about 50 degrees F inside the ideal stove operating range as suggested by condor. Are those guidelines valid for coal as well?
I believe the difference between the feed door - 450* and the other side of the barro - 170* is the amount of heat you are keeping in your room, not sending up the chimney. I have thermometers designed for wood stoves, too. They may not be perfect but they give me a good idea of where I stand. The degree of heat will be the same regardless of the fuel. Just watch your stove's max high temps and try not to go over it although that does happen. Lisa