jsplott wrote:I have been leaving coals exposed like you suggested and it has helped. I'm still loading the coal slowly as well. When i got the 617 i took it apart resealing and replacing nuts and bolts as i put it back together then used stove polish to re-black the stove. I hope its fairly well sealed after that but there's a chance it could be leaking air through somewhere i guess. Thanks for quick reply.
jsplott wrote:Will try this weekend and post what results I have. So I'm assuming I start fire as normal and instead of loading the stoker I will load the stove size. A few pieces at a time or load it to top and see what happens? Can't fit many stove size pieces in the 617 I don't think..