Wood'nCoal wrote:CBT69 wrote:Adamiscold wrote:Can you control the burn rate(lowering the btu output) by controlling the air flow with the Hitzer gravity feed stove?
I have yet to meet a stove, wood, coal, or otherwise, where you didn't control the burn rate with the airflow.
On a stoker stove such as my Alaska you control the burn rate with the amount of coal fed onto the burn grate. Certain models have a rheostat to control the feed rate and the combustion air flow, mine is one of those types, called a TriBurner. It uses the same motor for the combustion air as well as for the gearbox for the coal feed.
I leave the motor running at full speed for the full combustion air, and adjust the travel distance of the feed to regulate the fire. I will be installing a separate combustion fan soon and then adjust the speed of the feed motor to regulate the fire.
So far the Hitzer has been the cheapest stove I've heard of.