corey wrote:Does feeding small amount of coal waste more then say30 or fourth pounds. I'm around all day to tend it.
Any advantage to doing it this way??
Every time you open your stove and put in fuel, it drops in temp. Smaller amounts drop less, but then once it finally gets up to (efficient) temps to burn the gases off the coal to get real heat without smoke, it's time to reload.
If you can load coal on alternating sides with a good amount that doesn't smother, doesn't take a long time to heat up, but lasts a good amount of time, you'll be happy. A smokeless fire that hums away throws lots of comfortable and reliable heat, without over firing.
Others can likely give you more details, but that should get you started