dhansen wrote:The chunks in mine do crumble in my fingers. That is 12 hours worth of ash in my photo.
Paul, are you saying your 118 only burns 35 pounds of coal in 24 hours? What temperature is your barrel at?
Sorry for the confusion, but nope.
Your pan is about the same size as my 118, . . . but, . . "bigger than the pan in my picture", . . which is the pan from my kitchen range. The range burns about 32-34 pounds in 24 hours in these colder temps.
My 118 is still undergoing restoration. That 118 firepot will probably hold more than double the firebox of my range !
Going by your 70 lbs a day for your 116, I figure for the added size of my 118 at roughly nine months heating, it's going to need 10 tons of coal.
Still cheaper than fuel oil, . . . but I hope my calculator is waaayyy off !