lsayre wrote:The boiler has fired, ashed out, and recovered. Sluggish though, needing about 30 minutes of fan cycle to recover. It ended up being almost exactly 24 hours between re-lighting it and its first ashing cycle.
I know you are starting your fire according to the AHS manual, but being a "Rebel" and building the new fire on top of old ashes/clinker changes this whole timetable.
Basically you would be restoring to an advanced fire from the get go, much like what existed before the grate cleaning, and not starting from scratch, and having to work through whatever variable might come.
It is good to clear the grates during the cleanings, I'm not advocating to leave old ash and not clean grate off.
What I do is hand pick some nice consisent sized clinkers through out the season and save a couple buckets full for later/next season start up...save no dust /power, just hand picked clinker.
Building a new fire on top of those clinker is a snap, air is easily passed through the spaces between clinkers and ash grate can be started much sooner, not to mention your fire is positioned high in burn pot right where you want it.
Gee, maybe the manual needs an addendum.