LsFarm wrote:HI MP, glad to be helping [hopefully helping ]
OK, so the new Mark II's don't have an air spinner knob on the loading door?? I thought they did. Maybe I'm confused with the older ones or the SF 150/SF250 models.
That's correct, only those models have the air spinner on the loading doors.
It sounds like it could be your coal... can you buy a few baggs of Blaschak or some coal from a different source?? And give the different coal a try.. If coal has a real high ash content, it will require more frequent grate-shaking to keep the air passageways clear... A few years ago I burnt Reading nut and Stove mixed in my big boiler. The coal had a lot of ash content.. I had lots of hard crunchy pieces of ash that looked just like the piece of coal it used to be.. you could break each piece apart, but it was prety hard, and the piece had a black center.. appeared to be partially burnt..
That's EXACTLY what I am seeing with this coal! I just shook the ashes once forward and back - got some ash and a couple little red coals. Shake more? It has been 10 hours.
I burnt a few bags of Blaschak nut coal, and it burnt allmost completely to a fine powder ash,, it was MUCH easier to shake down and keep the air flowing through the fire. There are lots of good mines and breakers selling very good bulk coal, but only a few with bagged coal available...reading and Blaschak that I know of.
Most places, if not all around us that I have called sell Reading Coal.
You may have better luck with Pea size coal as well, it will definitely burn longer, with usually a little less heat output.
OK, I can surely give that a try and I'll also see where I can get the Blaschak Coal! My temp at the top of the stove just went up to 490 in about 35 minutes with me opening the spinner 1/2 turn from 3/4 to 1 1/2 turns open.
ALSO: How much of this should be shook down and when? I know I should wait until for 12 hours, (did that last night), but maybe this needs to be shook down more, even though I'm getting a few red coals, it may need more shaking at the 12 hour reload?