Cyber36 wrote:It sounds like something is wrong if your fire is out after only 12 hours.
Are you filling it as high as you can when you load & shake down? Maybe try lowering the stove temp during the day when you are at work?? Sounds like a fixable problem to me!
Load & shake down?? I've been doing it the other way around, which is what I thought I learned here. At times, I have had struggling fires. Should I switch? Oh, the other issue is - shaking down hot or under normal conditions. Again, I've heard both & have been doing mine hot. Yes, it's a hand-fired.............[/quote]
Cyber36 Always shake a hot fire never a low one Open the ash door for a few Minutes get the fire hot then shake the
ashes down shut the ash door when shaking if you can on your unit some units would have to stay open during shaking after shaking open the ash door again then open your loading door fill the unit up with coal to the top of the firebricks
keep the loading door crack open a little so the gases will go up the chimney also keep the ash door open for a few
minutes until the new load of coal catches then shut the ash door and loading door all the way adjust air if needed Never walk away with ash door open or loading door Oh one more thing if you loading door as air adjusting knobs then you don't have to keep the loading door cracked open after you fill up You can use them to help wash away the gases until the new load of coa is burning completely then you can shut the air knobs on the door You will have a happy coal fire