Rob R. wrote:Sounds like a great project.
I would put some effort into getting buck size coal rather than modifying the stoker to burn rice.
It's more like extra effort and expense. I'm pretty sure the VA-600 will burn rice just fine. Outside of the coal region, coal suppliers only offer the 4 basic coal sizes; Stove, Chestnut, Pea and Rice.
My rice coal gets delivered strait into my bin for about $40 a ton less than I can get Buckwheat for. I have no real reason to switch to Buckwheat either. I don't need anymore BTU/hour out of my boiler.
All that being said, I would still love to try some Buckwheat, just to see what it does!