Dans58 wrote:Jeff, how long will I be able to run the fire without tending the stove if I use Pea coal? thanks Dan
I suspect rberq is right. I seem to have an extraordinarily good draft. I can PACK it with pea coal, throttle it down about to about 1/2 a turn on the air inlet and get a solid 20 hours out of it with only a quick shake once or twice and keep my 1200 sq/ft house at 75*(give or take).
With chestnut coal, I could never get the air balance right, it was either choked out dead, or 100*+.
Typical operation is 1 bucket every 12 hours. Keeping the ash pan empty was the most critical thing in controlling the fire and keeping it consistent.