Day 2 with my 88... Still humming along, wife called me and she said she added a couple scoops of coal, I don't think she needed to, I told her just open the bottom vent about 1 turn... That got things a bit warmer for her
So let's back up a few weeks.
This may be redundant to some who read my posts on another topic but.....
I started into this whole coal thing with the want of getting my little pot bellied wood stove hooked up in our living room, I was going to uses it for just added comfort when we are in there.
Then I found out it was designed for coal...cool! Let's try it
No experience with coal, grew up with wood and even had a wood boiler for a while. Which now I realize had a shaker grate in it and I could have ran coal all those years instead of 10 cord of wood
So I got the stove all hooked up... Ran some wood through it then learning here I tried the coal... Wow hot stuff but great!
Until I saw the crack in the back of the stove, no refractory inside where the coal sits...just up against the cast iron.... Yeah I probably am the one who over fired the sucker and stressed it out..... Well good thing I saw it and didn't possibly have it crack more and spill its hot guts out onto the hearth!!!!
More to come