casino_boy wrote:/when you go a shake down the stove open the ash door damper for a few minutes to living up the fire then shake it you will find you will have less ash in your pan.Then add your coal as you have been doing and shut the ash door damper to were you had it set.
See if this dont help with less ash.
imaddicted2u wrote:The gap is up to 1/4" so it's no wonder I can't turn the fire right down.
imaddicted2u wrote:I ran into a very dangerous situation today, I have been burning wood for months and not had this happen. I could detect the faint smell of smoke in the house. I figured it was a lingering odor from opening the door. Later I discovered that when I closed the MPD got to around .04" a thin wisp of smoke would come out of the joint where the stove pipe is attached to the boiler breech. I've set the draft to .01" when burning wood and not gotten any smoke leakage. Odd it would occur when I start burning coal, good thing I discovered it. I sealed it with hi-temp RTV. I have a CO detector less than 10 feet from the boiler and it wasn't triggered.
imaddicted2u wrote:Yep, hand fired coal boiler. I corrected it in my profile.
I've been experimenting with setting the draft in the door. I can see a big difference in the burn, especially right after loading in some coal. Funny that when I was out shoveling snow today, 2 neighbors said they couldn't believe I was burning coal. They couldn't smell it or see any smoke. They said that when the previous owners of my house burned coal the smell and smoke were terrible.
I started with a few coals this morning and got the fire going with no problems. Inside it was still 72.5 degrees F and boiler water temp was 96.9F. While I was getting the fire going, the house temp dropped to 71.9. Outside it's 8.6 degrees F and very windy. Over the space of an hour I put 40 pounds of coal in the firebox. The temp gradually climbed back up to 72.5 and boiler water temp rose as high as 114F and it settled in at 107F . Six hours later I still had plenty of coals and added 40 pounds more, this time all at once. We'll see if it burns any longer now that I'm getting a handle on controlling it.
I think I'm going to like burning coal compared to wood, except for all the extra ashes.
Here is a pic of the 6 bedroom house I'm heating: