Wanna Bee wrote:From what I see, me thinks you missing some coal burning parts cowboy.
There is no way your going to get a deep enough bed of coal in there to function properly. Mounding it up... You risk having hot coal fall out the door. Do you have anything that looks like a grate that fits the full width of the front door?
Good call and that might be a large part of my problem.... Guess I'm missing a door grate. Anything else?
The chimney is close to 10 ft. tall. It's located on the protected side of the roof (read- prevailing winds come from the opposite side).
There are gaskets and they seal pretty well. When it's fired up and I close off the ash door vent I can hear the air rush in the vents.
Yes, it has a shaker grate. When I am going to shake it down, I'll open up the ash door & vents to get it really going and when it does I'll shake it down. Never had much success with this and it usually dies a slow death.
It has a manual damper located on the vertical pipe above the stove. I'll keep this wide open and regulate the ash door vents.
The depth of the bed ( grate to bottom of firebricks is app. 4".