I thought I would start a general discussion thread about this seasons' trials and tribulations with my Clayton 1537G hand fed furnace. All feedback is welcome and it doesn't need to be restricted to anything specific.
For starters, I lit the fire a few days ago on Saturday Oct 18th and its been idling along quite nicely since. It's a toasty 74-75 degrees and we have two windows cracked an inch open here in the new living room. I had contemplated replacing my flue pipe this year but it was still nice and solid after spending the summer in the attic. This is the 4th season for it. Next year I'll replace it.
I'm trying a nut/stove size mix this year and I'm here to tell ya, I love what I'm seeing! Recovery time has been easily cut in half after a shake-n-load. I'm seeing the blues flare up in 15-20 minutes, where before with just the nut size it would take up to 40 minutes. It's burning steadier too. For the last 18 hours, my over the load door temperature hasn't hardly fluctuated at all. It's been 212-216 degrees (digital thermometer) the entire time. I'm really impressed! I don't know why I waited so long to try the bigger coal.
Another thing new this year is this handy dandy hanging scale. I found it on eBay. It's actually designed to weigh luggage but works great for weighing coal to track usage. It's rated for up to 110 pounds. I plan to use it to compare coal/ash ratio thru the winter. It's cheap and simple to use. Below is a picture of it weighing my empty coal bucket.