rouxzy wrote: I find that I have to shake the ashes about every 2 hours to keep a good burn going.
Most people get on a 12 hour schedule with a hand-fired stove. Once in the morning and once in the evening. I have yet to see a unit that wasn't capable of doing that, evwen the smallest ones.
If I leave it unatteded for 6 hours or more it looks as though the fire is out but the coal is actually still smoldering up in the hopper. Is this normal?
I'm not familair with that stove but no there should be no fire in your hopper. I'd suggest not using it and finding out why it's doing that. If it's burning in the hopper there's a good chance you can damage the stove or worse gases will back up into the house. CO is not something to mess with, Do you have a CO detector?
Can you post a picture of the hopper placement?
If you really want some help post a detailed description of exactly what you do...