the snowman wrote:Timv:
I burn a hand fed Jotul and yes it is that big of a deal. When you put a lot of fines in the stove, it smothers the fire. My wife shoveled in a large amount of fines from a bag of coal once and it almost put the fire out. Small amount of fines are ok, however, when you get to the bottom of a bag and you have a couple of pounds of fines; this is not ok. As for size: I can burn a large variety sized coal in my stove; I can burn egg coal, stove coal, and down to pea coal. For me and this may be different for other users of hand fed stoves, consistent sizing is not a specific requirement, however, it is most desirable. Let me explain. If I am burning nut coal, I set my draft and my over the fire draft at a certain setting which gives me a certain stove temp and set burn time. If the nut coal I have has inconsistent sizing such as more larger pieces or smaller pieces of coal than normal; this requires a change in draft setting every time I load the stove and it effects the temperature of the stove and the length of burn time you get from a load and every time you load the stove your guessing whether the draft settings are going to be right for the mixed sized coal you just dumped in. With consistent sized coal there is no guessing every time you load the stove. Once you get your draft setting set for that sized coal all you have to do is shake and reload with no worries concerning whether this load is going to fire too much with the current draft settings or fire not enough and wonder what kind of burn time this load will produce. I don't believe that those of us using hand fed stoves wanting a uniform sized coal is a sign of being a panzy and having too much time on our hands or not willing to deal with inconsistent sized coal; but a desire to have a consistent burn and the piece of mind that when you leave the house and the stove you just loaded is going to safely burn while your gone. For me I run my Jotul very close to its maximum temp and large swings in stove temp especially higher are not something I desire. If I'm able to be around the stove and can check it often I don't mind inconsistent sized coal. If I had to constantly go from my wood shop to the house to check on the stove every fifteen minutes or so, I would not get anything made for my customers.
Guess my girly man stove was the right choice after all . I suspect that rice and buck are so small any way, that the
fines you all are talking about is the size we are looking for! Who you callin Pansy, Tulip? PANZY sounds like some german
kill brigade, not a delicate flower!