Success - Thanks for all the great advice everyone - that's what makes this such a fantastic resource for us coal nuts!
I removed the baro yesterday, and fired the stove around 5PM. As soon as the charcoal ignited, I could tell it was going to be a good night. I fed in the nugget and had everything set exactly as you guys advised. The bed took off almost immediately. When fully ignited I went into indirect mode, with the check damper closed, MPD partly open, bottom draft partially opened and the secondary closed. I haven't used the check damper yet, as the draft controls are responding perfectly. I have cut my coal use by one third over night, based on what the grand Godin would have used in 10 hours. I plan to buy and mount two thermometers asap.
My wife and I are thrilled!!!
Emery redid the fire pot with a new refractory liner. The Hub Heater doesn't have a cast fire pot, but the base is very heavy cast, which Brandon said makes these fantastic stoves. They didn't re-do the cylinder, as the original was in fine shape.
I think this stove is going to be the answer to our prayers - fantastic engineering and efficiency.
The City Glenwood 12 went out again last night - glad it's pretty mild today - I'll light it this evening. Not sure why it burned too quickly after I added coal before going to bed. I may have forgotten to recheck the settings in my excitement about the Hub Heater! It's proving to be a bit of a pain, especially since it's direct draft. Now we're anxious to replace it with the Crawford No. 3 which Emery has started. I have no idea how long it's going to take him, but he's going to have the dome plated, which I believe was an option.
From coal stove heaven - Thanks to All - Chris
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- My Hub Heater No. 115 As Found - April 2013