EasyRay wrote:Devil5052 wrote:[quote="EasyRay"]Load that stove to the top of the brick and to the top of the bars. This is a great looking stove when its humming along.
I don't use a manual damper or a barometric damper. I adjust all the temperature in the stove with the bottom air. Shake twice a day unless it gets real warm out. One easy stove to adjust.
I've used about 2 ton since November 2nd.
This is all I use for heat and I stay very warm.
Good looking stoves aren't they!! I love my TLC-2000. One thing I did this year (my 3rd heating season with it) that you may want to consider is added another layer of firebrick to the top of the original brick. I hade found it makes loading easier, gives you longer burns & has not decreased heat output. Worth the $16.00 investment!
I may try that next year. I'll just cut them in half and stack em the same way. I really don't have a problem with coal on top of the brick. I just knock off any pieces when I'm done loading.
My wife loves the looks and that is the clincher for me.
I do get some bridging on the left and right side after I shake, but I use a straight poker between the bottom grates to slide in and move it a little so it will settle. Tap the top of the coals so they will settle. Finish loading on the sides and then give it another little shake.
Next year I think I'll try to double the brick on the sides so they will be straight up and down. That should stop the slight bridging problem. The slight angle to the sides is only good if you also want to burn wood.[/quote]
I just laid the bricks sideways across the top of the original bricks. 2 did the back & 1 each does the sides. 4 total bricks for $16.00!!