JimD wrote:Well to say this stove is great would be an understatement.
It is awesome. Been running since New Years. Overnight burns are a breeze.... I woke up this morning and it looked as good as when I went to bed.... Highly efficient. I did 12 hour burn today. Well just about. I loaded it at 5:30 am and just shook and loaded about 8- 10lbs into it .. House still 70deg.
Gonna be -20 or colder tonight....
As I was writing this I heard l what sounded like coal falling inside the stove and opened it up and the middle if the coal pile must have hollowed out when I shook it down. So had to add some more once I knocked it down from the edges... But it's back up in minutes
Anyone have that happen after they shake it down?
yes Jim... thats sometimes referred to as coal "bridging" (you can learn about bridging by using the search feature of the forum), it involves many factors... temp, coal quality, firebrick age, "fusing" (another term you can research) on firebrick, among many other things i wont bog this thread down with... i will say one thing to check for on the firebrick when stove is cool would be vertical/smooth side walls (if their is a lot of built up fusing somewhere on the middle of the brick this could be a repeating issue and you will want to carefully try to chip it off). In the model 88 in particular its not a bad idea to simply give a couple "jambs"with a poker into the coal bed prior to the shake, as well as after the load (many of us do this as common practice, we dont typically like to play around with the coal bed or stir it up and most will tell you that.... but a couple good stiff jabs down from top or up from bottom (depending on stove, etc.) is AOK P.S. not that your going to have this trouble with the 88 but always be mindful of your cast iron grate when doing the quick pokie poke to make things settle nice (we dont want to see a broke grate )