I'm taking the wife and kids to Splash Lagoon on Monday morning thru Tuesday evening. We have a house sitter spending the night to care for our dog but she won't be touching the furnace. I will be setting up for a completely hands off, low slow 36 hour burn to get thru it. I'll start preparing the furnace tonight by keeping the fuel bed shallow. Then tomorrow morning after a thorough shaking I'll load it to the gills with fine free nut size, burn off volatiles and set the primary for a low burn. I'll also leave some secondary air flow to insure good drafting thru the outside temp changes. I expect house temps will fall into the 60's but the house sitter will have an electric space heater for the living room if she needs it. I have my remote IP cam to monitor furnace and pipe temps along with draft pressure while we're gone.. If successful, this will be a huge triumph for the Clayton. Lets see if my strategic preparation can get her thru it. I'm excited!!
I'm sure you will, but be sure to brief her on what to do if the CO klaxons start sounding. I'm mostly harmless and always call before I stop over. Plus the spousal unit would make life miserable if I ever did anything more than say howdy to little Miss Peggy Sue
Its the morning before the trip. Last night I ran a shallow coal bed so I could get as much fresh in as possible. Did a thorough shake down, went inside and scoured the top side of the grate with my L shaped tool and shook again. No ash left. I had less than two inches of burning coal left. I'll have to build it up with two layers. Here's the first layer, about 30 pounds worth. Brings it to roughly 5-6 inches deep. I'll let that much ignite then add a full bucket, about 50 pounds.