Figured I'd throw in an update!
Chubby has been burning great. I am still getting the hang of it and adjusting to a schedule, but much happier than I was a week ago! THANK YOU all that have chimed in to help out! Much appreciated!!
I still need to get a manometer on it, a few more courses on the chimney and a trim ring around the pipe entering the thimble (filled the gap with insulation)
My shaker handle i guess is the older "shorty" version. I was using that to poke up through the grate after shaking down, but could not get it up into the fire enough to make much of a difference. I found long piece of metal rod in my shed, bent a little angle into it and bam!! It's like a magic wand!! Stick that thing up there and get the blue bitches movin' and groovin' ...a lot faster and hotter!
To get familiar with it, I have been running it with the MD wide open as I am not confident in having it closed down without inviting some fumes in until the draft issue is completely in control and measured. Also, I still have the barro covered up for now - another issue revolving around the use of the manometer!
I've had it running around 450 to 500. I know that is a bit on the high side, but anytime i try to run it around 350 I can never get it to level out at that temp for any period of time. It just keeps falling and before I know it I am at 200 and working to get it fired up again.
Another question for anyone that is familiar with it.... Why is the top of the chubby equipped with a removable plate? Is there a special handle for it I am missing? It as a little notch in it as if something would latch into it to remove it...?