New to this forum and to coal burning.......
I got a Gibraltar Model SCR from a friends father in law, who was just going to junk it. The price was right and I had a chimney I wasn't using so I scooped it up. It might be kinda small for my basement (1800 Square feet) but it's enough to warm the floors in the bathrooms right above. Which makes the wife happy, because when I turn off my oil fired boiler that heats my radiant floor, she gets a little grouchy.
Growing up, my father had a EFM Stoker Boiler so I'm not so new to coal, and I recognized that coal smell as soon as I lit it up.
The stove was in pretty bad shape when I got it, but some sanding, paint and parts from online got it good enough to fire.
So I lit my first fire in it this past Friday, even though it was pretty mild this weekend, I think it was a good first try
a few questions-
1- I was able to find a new Banking Plate online to replace the one that was cracked and warped pretty bad, but I cannot find a baffle that is warped as well, but not as bad. Can a new one be made out of heavy steel? or does it need to be cast iron to handle the heat?
2- My house is only a few years old, so it's pretty "Tight", so I had some concern about getting air to it, which I haven't decided on if there's an issue yet or not, I have a MPD and no Baro, but it still had to be run wider open than I expected, maybe just the warm weather? I opened a window to eliminate the tightness issue and it didn't really change from open to closed. question- I was burning Chestnut coal, will changing to pea coal drastically affect the fire by slowing the air down even more?
3- I want to build a coal bin, but I don't have an opening in the right place in the basement...... I will have to build a chute to direct the coal from the available window, turn 90 degrees, and travel about 6 feet to the bin question- what is the minimum slope that the chute will need to have for the coal to slide without backing up?
4- one reason to have the stove is that I'm a little bit of a prepper, not like a zombies are coming end of the world type, but a let's be ready for a week long power outage guy. Is it feasible to run it in the summer time at all or will it not develop any draft?
5- I think I've always known that you should start a fire and leave it on not let it go off and on, why is that? is it because of stress on the internal parts of repeated heat/cool cycle? if so what are the risks, what can go wrong?
Sorry to throw this all at you at once, but with all of the years of experience here, I'm sure you all can answer these faster than I can learn them on my own.