franco b wrote:top top wrote:Ok, I'll bite. What is wrong with the Kodiac grates? I have had rocking grates before, but only burned wood. This is my first year with coal so I have nothing to compare to. I am happy with the Kodiac, but then I may not know what I'm missing.
It's difficult to answer many questions for fear of denigrating someone's stove that they are quite happy with.
Don't worry about that. I just bought it and use it, I had nothing to do with designing and building the thing. The things you speak of were the exact thoughts I had before I installed it. The grates don't "shake" at all, it just rotates side to side. I probably would not have bought it except I got a brand new, never fired stove from a reputable company for half price.
As stated, this is my first year with coal so I don't know what I don't know. The stove seems to work very well, but that doesn't mean something else wouldn't be better. I used the stove for about a month then shut it down for inspection. I found several clinkers in the stove so I know it makes them, but in the ash pan I see small pieces that look like they came off a clinker. The rotating grate seems to act like a meat slicer, just grinding up the clinkers into small pieces then they drop into the pan. A few times something jammed the grate. But since the grate is never "open" like rockers are, I just left it sit a couple hours. When I came back to it whatever jammed the grate was either consumed or softened enough by the heat that the grate was no longer jammed. But poking the fire is a must, else the bed will plug up with ash and choke off the air. The sides of the fire box are sloped, not vertical, and I think that contributes to the ash buildup in the corners.
Anyway, don't worry about offering constructive criticism about my stove. I don't think anyone could be so thin skinned that it would bother them. No one can be experienced with every stove and how could we learn without honest and open conversation.