I expect, and depend on, miracles!
"Very interesting" I mumble as I read NEPA Crossroads. This forum seems to be an appropriate place to ask my question. After 2 decades of heating a huge old schoolhouse with coal stoker stoves I Schuylkill county, I am now in the Poconos in a 100 year old cottage.Coal, they don't know. But I do, or at least I thought I did.
I put in a hand-fired, designed and built a (fabulous) coal shed, filled it with 5 ton Blaschak nuts, and proceeded to light my stove last night. Probably my only talent is that I can light a coal stove. But, I couldn't keep it burning. The blue flames just barely made an appearance before the fire descended into it's long 5 hour agony of extinguishing. There is no draft! Yup, I could not get this stove installed without shelling out 2 K for a ss liner in my tile-lined stone inside-chimney. All the 'experts' I approached to install the stove insisted on it. They would not listen to my ranting about this being a COAL stove, not the wood stoves they are accustomed to. I drew on my own experience as well as the wisdom I'd read on this site, which I thank you all for. Still, no one would install it into the 25' 8" x 8" masonry chimney without putting in the ss liner. I caved. It does have a baro but no draft. I experimented with tin foil on the baro, but no improvement.
I would very much appreciate your input! Thank you so much, it's getting a bit nippy.
PS: I noticed the smoke comes out the door instead of going up when I opened it even a crack.