RePete wrote: My wife loves that the living room should stay cleaner now!! She spent three hours wiping black soot from the wood and plastic items in the stove area last week. Not fun...
You shouldn't have any "black soot" in the house with Anthracite Coal. When I shovel the coal into the scuttle from my coal bin in the cellar I stop and wet it with water from a spray bottle several times. That way there is no dust from filling the stove. Since to scuttle is next to the stove I do have to spray it again since it dries out quickly there. Also, make sure the blower is off during any shaking or filling of the stove. Careful removal of the ash will also cut down on the dust. I removed the cover on the blower motor intake and inserted a piece of AC filter over the mesh screen, it helps cut down on the dust as well. Since there was a wood stove with no blower in the spot where the Harman is now and since the blower outlets are deflected down towards the floor stirring up some dust is unavoidable. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats here so the blower does stir up some dust. My wife insists it's because of the coal she says it wasn't this way when we were burning wood, but there was no blower running.