Looking for some guidance. I've been having trouble keeping the stove going. I can get a couple days of burn but then I loose the fire. I admit that I've only been filling it halfway with coal. I'll maintain a stove top temp of around 300-350 degrees. When it's time to add more coal, I open the bottom damper for a bit, heat things up then give the grate a shake (or 2 or 3) I notice I only seem to be dropping ash from the front of the barrel but not the back. I'll get a nice glow and blue flame in the front but again nothing on the backside. It's been the 3rd night that I'll loose the fire. I work nights and tend to damper down when I leave the house for the night (1 1/2 turns).
Should I be running the stove hotter? Is that part of the problem? Is the stove top the right place to monitor the temperature? If I fill'er up (which I WILL do the next time) what do I look for to tell me it's time to shake and refill?
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