Since my coal supplier was closed yesterday for some odd reason, I've decided to experiment with burning some wood, and the fines in the bottom of my coal bin. Having pretty excellent results, cleaning up my bin, and learning along the way.
I started by a complete shutdown and gave the stove a nice clean, along with my chimney. Then proceded to start a pretty hot wood fire with some old junk hickory I had laying around. After I got her really cranking, I threw on 2 square shovel loads of fines. And dang near put the fire out instantly! Should've known better! Hahaha started poking around a little, made a small flame. Then left the ashpan door open, sat and waited.. After 10 minutes, I thought I was gonna burn the stove down to nothing. But to my surprise, it was easy to regulate with the MPD and by choking the air down a little.
I got maybe 5 hours out of 2 shovel loads and 3 rather small pieces of hickory. Not to mention the fun and a little experience along the way. Plus, the boss lady is happy that the house is back up to the cozy 85 degrees. Win-win situation...
How do you guys with years of experience get rid of your fines? Easier methods? Tips and tricks that I need to know?