HeresPaco wrote: I couldn't understand, and I still can't, why Alaska had the reostat control hooked to the burner air/carpet feed motor along with everything else. The reostat controlers simply adjust everything together:
I have read back thru the thread I might have missed something but it appears your dealing with a stove that uses the older Tri Burner system in this set up just one motor operates the feed carpet off a top drive shaft and the combustion fan off the bottom shaft, the stoves the other posters are using for a comparison use 2 separate motors for the jobs . Alaska has since changed the type of feed they use now and I am sure now utilize 2 motors also along with eliminating the Carpet Feed in favor of a rotating cam type block .
The type you are using is not obsolete it is still used on the Reading Line of stoves and parts are available from Alaska and Reading, it is not the preferred system among many stove aficionados . If you are interested in souping it up a bit there is a member here Mattaus who has been successful converting it over to a separate blower configuration and he is always eager to share his know how and expertise, PM him or perhaps he will spot this thread .
On the topic of continues Fan operation I have a Harman and do not run fan continuously, a while back a poster Dutchman did an unscientific experiment with his Harman and found no real advantage between the two methods of operation, Harman to this day does not run the fan all the time so I just follow the way the factory specifies as you could do also, its up to you, be aware that if you are going to change the way the factory tells you to do something it is best to set aside some time ( a day or Two ) that you can be close to the stove and monitor it in the event something goes wrong or needs fine tuning .
I think I may revisit the continuous fan idea when the outside temps start to rise and the stove spends much more time idling there may definitely be an advantage here then, but for now with the big house and cold weather unburned coal ain't an issue that babies cookin right along and is on more than its ever off.