Did your wife smell anything? Every time I had a draft reversal I could smell burnt matches before the CO alarms sounded. As far as I know, bit coal really stinks, and it did when I burned some. It really bothers me that no odor was reported. I'm not sure what to think of that.
My wife has been doing her Sleeping Beauty routine and slept all day.
I've only seen her for about 30 seconds all day and I'm no longer her handsome prince.
This is not, necessarily, rare so I wouldn't blame it on the CO.
As I said above, my 21 YO daughter didn't recall any odors and when I got home in 10 minutes of receiving the call I didn't smell anything.
But the house was vented by then.
I appreciate your input BigBarney, but I don't have a scales for weighing.
I will get the measurement of my ash pan if that will help you.
For reference, 2 full ash pans almost fill a coal bucket.
I'm not going to weight the coal going in or the ashes going out.
It really doesn't matter.
I'm not trying to offend or be difficult
I did, at one time, weigh a shovelful of coal at 6.5#s.
That was nut coal.
That will vary depending on the lump size because my guy brought me unscreened coal and the lumps are from golf ball to softball sized.
I try to use as little as I can but there are fines, too.
Several hours before the alarm went off, I loaded 6 shovels full.
That would be 35-40# of, primarily, baseball sized lumps
What terms would you like me to use to refer to these fused masses?
If there are better terms, I would be glad to use them.
I don't know what they are and so I use descriptive terms.
Depending on the size, I estimate they weigh somewhere around 2-3 #s for the big ones which are softball sized or bigger.
There are some about the size of a cow patty that are @ 1#.