Hi, I just wanted to say I've been reading this forum for a bit and enjoyed the comments here. I bought this stove about two months ago and have a few questions. I know some are going to sound like repeat posts here. So please forgive me. I've been using Blaschak 40lb. bags of anthracite nut coal and get a day out of a bag. I'm turning the primary draft control 3/4 to 1 turn open. Stove temps are 300-400 degrees. I have did not install any damper as per factory instructions and am concerned about sooting in my living room. I know some recommend the field control one. That's the same one I have on my oil burner now. I fill my stove three times a day, morning, at 6:00 pm and bedtime at 11:30pm. I shake it down twice a day.
I would like to know a little more about why some use pea coal and what are their results. Also why do some say not to shake down the stove before you fill it? I'v been shaking it down then filling it, because there is no room left to put in more coal if I didn't..
I'm just wondering what other owners are doing and welcome the recommendations.
PS. Thanks for the post about the explosions and puffs when filling the stove. That was pretty neat to see the first time it happened
Also, If someone from Harmon reads this post. Please put a switch on the blower. I'm an electrician so it was easy. But $6.00 isn't to much to ask for a switch. Also thread the casting on the bottom ash door for the bolt that holds the draft control or weld the nut to door if possible.
RePete wrote:Hi Devil5052,
I was wondering how hot you guys are running your stoves. Now I see. It does reach 68-72 degrees in my house. I live in a two story salt box. It's about 1600 sf. I was wondering how low I could go and have it not go out. The chimney is in the center of the house. My oil burner tech said the draft is fine. I have a separate opening in the chimney just for the coal stove. I live on the back side of a cranberry bog so the winds pick up quite a bit. Also do you run your blower all day? I'm going to set the draft control at 1/2 turn today and see how it does. Thanks for the input. I thought I was burning too much. But with the winds picking up and sometimes no wind I didn't want to take a chance and come home to a dead stove. My friend has a Newcastle stove and he burns less coal than me. But his house is a smaller ranch style house.
CapeCoaler wrote:The baro damper gives the stove a consistent draft under changing conditions. My wind direction and intensity changes dramatically during the day, the wind comes off the sound without much to slow it down. Without the baro damper my Mark II would over or under fire depending on the wind, now I can dial it in and know that the house will be 72 when I return. Only if I change the size/brand of coal or the outdoor temps dramatically change do I adjust the spinner draft.
I had a local shop custom make a SS adapter so I could install the Fields R/C 8" damper in my Metalbestos DSP Tee, the galvanized strap-on that came with the damper would have butchered the pipe and the black Tee version was too much money. In the spring I will paint the damper and adapter to match the pipe.
I use the gas furnace fan to keep the house temp even, it does boost the electric bill. I intend to replace the furnace fan with an energy efficient DC variable speed motor.