In your post, which size burned slower and not as hot? I'm just heating a ranch home with a add on sun room. With wood I got no problems running the wife out if I wanted to, so I was hopeing to find something that I can back down a bit. I don't know, I may only be able to burn coal over the very coldest month or so. I'm just off the Maryland border, so our winters are nothing like yours I'm sure. Any tips on anything you've had to do with the stove would be great. I have the induced draft motor on the back of mine. I suppose just closeing the side flap on it will be ok? Any idea how much coal you go through? Thanks again.
it seemed to me, of course i only burned the coal for a year, that the nut burned A LITTLE slower. if you are trying to figure out a more bang for you buck with nut vs. stove, i dont think you will find much difference. i burned maybe 3 ton last year, and last year was a brutal winter here in western new york. you can "back it down a little." i was under the impression that you were supposed to load this baby full of coal, but the past two days i ve been able to bank the bed back, leaving the front of the bed 4 inces deep or so and the back of the bed level with the top of the fire brick.
i see that you have the induced draft motor on the back. DONT EVEN USE IT. anthracit brings air in from underneath the bed only, in other words through the spin damper on the ash pan door. wood dont care where it gets its air, under, on top the fire, sides, anywhere. anthracite will not burn when it gets air, or oxygen from over the fire. play around with it. probably only need the spin damper open half or one turn, just a crack. and as always, use a barometric damper. any more questions i ll be glad to answer them.