Managing Low Slow Burns

Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: warminmn On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:08 pm

It might be your browser Fred. My more smilies works fine using google.... Perhaps you were hacked by the EPA! :shock: :eek2: :fear:
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:29 pm

Hmmmm, interesting! Thanx W.
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: Lightning On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:53 pm

Thanks for the replies fellas lol. Paul and his puns never cease to amaze me :lol: and Fred I'm still putting thought into that electric shaker, I think a jig saw will part of that somehow.

oliver power wrote:By the way Lightning; What HITZER model were you thinking?

I've had my eye on the 82FA so far.
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:04 pm

freetown fred wrote:Oh, I get it. That was a pun right??? LOL where the hell did my "more smilies" go?????????????????? RICHARD??????????? Damn, my trademark, GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(


There's no pullin' the wool over your eyes. ;) Opps,.... I made a sheep joke. :oops:

I hope ewe can forgive me. :D

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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:13 pm

Nice choice L :out:

Lightning wrote:......I've had my eye on the 82FA so far.
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: blrman07 On: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:22 am

Gonna be time to let half the firebox ash up and only feed half the stove. Did that the last two years. It worked out great. Can't use the shaker to de-ash, you have to slice and dice. If you used the shaker you lose the side with nothing but ash. :lol:

It's a lot more convenient that putting in firebrick don't ya know? :P
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: Lightning On: Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:14 pm

blrman07 wrote:Gonna be time to let half the firebox ash up and only feed half the stove. Did that the last two years. It worked out great. Can't use the shaker to de-ash, you have to slice and dice. If you used the shaker you lose the side with nothing but ash. :lol:

It's a lot more convenient that putting in firebrick don't ya know? :P


Yeah that's an awesome idea too. I've been wondering if I could cover half the grate area with a steel plate. I have the "V" shaped fire bed so a piece of steel wide enough to wedge against the sides a couple inches above the grate would leave room to continue using the shaker. :)
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: BunkerdCaddis On: Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:20 pm

blrman07 wrote:Gonna be time to let half the firebox ash up and only feed half the stove.


Yes, I started doing this at the end of last year. I let the ash build up around the outside edge, it makes a little cone shaped nest for the actively burning coal and just fill up on top of that then poke from underneath just in the center. Works very nicely for a slow and low burn.
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:29 pm

Lightning wrote:Yeah that's an awesome idea too. I've been wondering if I could cover half the grate area with a steel plate. I have the "V" shaped fire bed so a piece of steel wide enough to wedge against the sides a couple inches above the grate would leave room to continue using the shaker. :)


Lee, could you disconnect the back grate and stack fire brick in half of the grate area? This way nothing gets moved around back there when you shake.
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:00 pm

Lightning wrote:
blrman07 wrote:Gonna be time to let half the firebox ash up and only feed half the stove. Did that the last two years. It worked out great. Can't use the shaker to de-ash, you have to slice and dice. If you used the shaker you lose the side with nothing but ash. :lol:

It's a lot more convenient that putting in firebrick don't ya know? :P


Yeah that's an awesome idea too. I've been wondering if I could cover half the grate area with a steel plate. I have the "V" shaped fire bed so a piece of steel wide enough to wedge against the sides a couple inches above the grate would leave room to continue using the shaker. :)


Sort of what I did but I found firebrick performs better. Ash can bleed draft off the fire to a small extent, brick doesn't. Not always evident but it can make a little difference on the warm days when draft is at a premium.

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Older thread on this topic:Reducing Gate Area for Spring Burning
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:19 pm

michaelanthony wrote:Lee, could you disconnect the back grate and stack fire brick in half of the grate area? This way nothing gets moved around back there when you shake.

I don't think my grates will come apart. I have them drilled and tapped with set screws. Those screws aren't gonna come loose after the abuse they've taken with heat and shaking. :oops:
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:53 am

That would work well with my 50-93 MA--Got a pin & cotter pin connecting the 2 grates. :)
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: oliver power On: Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:48 pm

freetown fred wrote:That would work well with my 50-93 MA--Got a pin & cotter pin connecting the 2 grates. :)
I've thought of disconnecting the 50-93 linkage, but never did. That's where the 30-95 shines with its single grate, low fire burning.
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:14 pm

Scott, tell that to my 50-93 when it's -20 out!! :lol:
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Re: Managing Low Slow Burns

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:51 pm

I'm still adding the blanket of fines. It's been working out well. Even cut coal usage since it's not overheating the house. Not all of the fines get burned, probably half. The rest fall thru during the heave and shake and end up in the ashes. But hey, it's a triple win, cut coal usage, maintain a healthy low fire and putting the fines to good use :D

A few pics thru the window after recovery. The secondary pipes really strutting their stuff with the volatile gases forced to the sides of the fuel bed.
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