Emerald, I've never heard the HITZER manufacturers out in Indiana ever tell anyone they had a COLD chimney?? Let me get this off my chest---liners SUK--good, I feel better now. I wish you could post some pix of your install--something ain't right as you well know & it's probably something pretty simple fix wise--I've heard of the 503 heating a lot bigger house then 1000 sq & doing it well--first your trying to give her more air & then less--don't make sense. How well is that house insulated? If you can reach where the liner is & put a lighter or match there does it get sucked up? Are you keeping the hopper full after tending EVERY 12 hrs? Do you keep your MPD closed or open after tending?--I think I read you have a MPD???I guess that's enough questions for the moment
Emerald7 wrote:I have a 995 sq ft home, with a 17' tile lined chimney and a 6" liner, then with a chimney cap. I burn nut coal in a bag labeled kimmels. The 503 can heat the house when temperatures are above 15-20 degrees anything lower than that it can not keep the house warm. I have to have my boiler zones set at 63 to keep the house somewhat warm. I do not have a manometer or thermometer on the stove. I tried shaking it more often and emptying the ash pan to give it more air to burn better and keeping the hopper full. Now I have resorted to keeping a small amount of ash in the stove itself and leaving a small amount of ash in the ash pan to keep less air going in. I figure if I put x amount of coal in to burn, I should get x amount of heat out and its not heating the house so it must be going up the chimney. What is it called, a cold chimney which creates more draft and sucks the heat out? I also noticed that the colder it is out the less coal I burn, I know sounds odd doesn't it? I have a hard time burning 3/4 - 1 bag of coal. Hitzer says I must have a cold chimney. Today was -25 ° here I was gone for 11 hours, when I got home, shook it, all the hopper took was half a hod and that with damper closed and air vent open 80%. HELP, I am so frustrated!