From Dec 10,2016 to Mar.24,2017 my 404 has done a great job of keeping a real warm spot in my house. My cats have really learned to love the area near &around the stove with 3-4 of them laying on the warm concrete . At 1pm yesterday,i turned the air knobs closed to end the life of the coal fire that had been burning since Dec 10.
This 3rd season for this stove warming me has been primarily done with Gale nut coal with a few buckets of Reading nut left over from last yr. thrown in just to verify how good the Gale coal performs. I am VERY pleased with the overall performance of the Gale coal & will certainly be buying more from them.
It was a bittersweet experience to kill the fire as i really enjoy the warmth radiating from the stove & the roughly 4 gals of moisture each day from the big pot of water on top of the stove. I am now into my Spring Rush season here in my repair shop,so even the few minutes each am & pm that were needed to tend the stove will be a help in getting more shop work done.
I did not count how many buckets of coal i burned this season. Since my wife died last yr. I have lost the motivation to really care about many of the details of daily life. I do know that the coal usage was similar to other yrs.,but i needed less primary air when burning Gale vs Reading & the blue flames were prettier & kept going nearly constantly.
Now i need to get used to the hot air exchanger fan cycling more often to warm my house with only the EFM520 which is burning Gales large rice.