Mrs. Crawford has been keeping the house at 74 or better during the day and above 70 overnight on just over 40 lbs of Blaschak nut for the past few days. With these colder temps we have been having I'm amazed. Can't wait to see the results on quality stove coal.
This mornings results are super.
Draft .10 WC
I have found that how I empty ash is key.
I pull the sliding grate out to its stop, then "slice" over the grate back and forth to clear all ash under the fire dome. Then right before I think it's going to collapse I slide the grate back in and shake. This collapses the dome. Then I shake until red coals the size of peanuts drop and stop. By now the sound of the fire is at a very audible level! Next I add two scoops (34oz) of coal every couple of minutes until she's topped off and the ladies are dancing. All that's left is to close the MPD, put the stove back into base mode and set primary and secondary air.
Today and the next 48 hours will be nice and cold here in Southwick so I can fine tune my technique.
Overall I am very pleased with my decision to choose this type of stove over the Harmon.
Plus, it turns out wifey thinks this stove looks better