Lightning wrote:It depends on the burn yer looking for. During warm weather the pea size is easier to burn low and slow and will keep a nice steady even burn that way. During cold weather the stove size is easier to burn hot and fast for good heat production.
Must be a difference in stoves. I tried some pea this year when it was extra cold, and I found opening up the air inlet resulted in a very hot fire very fast -- I assumed it was due to more surface area relative to mass. My pea problem came with shaking down the ashes; I seemed to get more unburned coal in the ash pan, again due to the smaller pieces.
mkline wrote:I can get a more complete burn with just burning stove
Yes, I also found that to be true. But again with my stove, stove coal had the other problems. Nut seems to be the compromise that works.