I got a surdiac this year and have struggled with it
. Here is my experience and what I have learned.
I had a 6" liner installed in the chimney and had to adapt it to the 5" stove pipe on the back of the stove.
I did this in case I wanted to remove the coal stove and replace it with
a wood stove insert into the fireplace where I installed it. I also installed a butterfly
on the pipe leading to the liner. I couldnt keep the thing going through
the night and the coal would be heaped up on the grates partially burned in the morning
. When I closed
the room damper it solved the problem. I also have a manual damper on the same pipe.
I'm not sure if this proper, but the stove is working very well now.
Also, I turned the grates upside down because pieces of coal would get caught in the "V" grooves.
Flat side up "/\" seems to make the front-end shake down easier to do
. I'm guessing that
when the stove was new in the 70's or 80's the coal may have come in bigger chunks.
I have the instruction booklet that came with the stove. It has the specs on the stove, but it took
hands-on practice, and patience to get this thing chugging along properly
Concerning the hopper, mine gets a red hot glow when the stove is burning well. No upward burning
or even smoldering seems to happen. I assume as long as there is no air to burn in the hopper then
the coal won't burn in it?