coalfan wrote:just a couple of questions ,was wondering how much nut coal will the chubby hold,and can these nice little stoves be idled down for longer burns if neede without to much fuss ,and how do they put out the heat ? just radiant and of course the blower models blow it around i guess im getting at is do they somewhat heat the floor also ? thankyou in advance !
There will be some varied opinions on this, But I will lend mine to the mix
1. Once lit I have put 20lbs in the stove, in layers.
2. With a great draft and few bends in your vent pipe, and a properly cleaned out stove, you can idle it down for easy 12 hours with Less than 20 lbs. I got 17 once I believe, and I had triple ash duty afterwards.
3. The Coal Chubby has NO bricks, this is the main reason ( size too) that I wanted one. The heat in the pot can directly transfer to the outside of the Chubby. This can make it a learning curve to regulate at first depending on install and draft. IT can easily go up in temp or down and each stove and location has its sweet spot. Larry says his idles at 320 I believe in his video. Mine seems to need a tiny bit more draft and likes 370 for idle.
4. Shoulder days... I let my chubby go almost out and dig a hole near the middle without shaking and keep a small tiny round fire in the middle which is easily made bigger later with cleaning and restocking the coal.
5. All rebuilt and new Chubby's have a floor heat shield suspended at the bottom. This protects the floor from heat. I can touch my floor under my Chubby when its at 400 degrees if i want. It still needs to be on a non flamable pad, or bricks. Im sure others can tell you about older chubbys and the heat shield.
6. Heat, well I have a echo fan on top ( runs on heat only), and I run the house fan from the hot air furnace a couple times a day for a bit, just the fan part.
7. Chubby needs a shake down and a underneath hokey pokey at each service, and every few days a inside pokey as well on edges I have found.
8. Heat, Due to the fact that the Chubby has No bricks, you can easily steal heat from it by putting a box fan to one side. While this is awesome, and works well, youll need to open the draft a bit to keep up with the heat loss inside.
Hope this helps...