Lola Coalfire wrote:
Friday, rainy and 50ish. I know it is a little warm for a coal fire, but... The poor thing is barely puffing along. I've run home twice to check it. (My stove may not get fired, but I might for leaving to check on it so often!) Yes, I feel as if it is something elementary. My cottage is far from airtight. It is not even insulated! I've tried using just the bimetal thermostadt; using just the ash door vent; leaving just the ash door open; foil over the baro. It seems to me that the 6" ss liner is just not warm enough. Sometimes, I've built a wee wood fire on top of the SLOW burning coal bed to warm it up. That does seem to help for a while. It has not actually gone out, but has no life and would probably die if left alone.
I am wondering about insulating the space around the liner. Fill it with vermiculite as some others have done? That would be a real mess when the stinking ss liner has to be replaced, though. Hopefully, when the insulated 3' ss extension is on the top and the weather is colder, the fire will come alive.
I am really looking forward to the Coalcast on venting in November (if I don't freeze to death by then.)
Thanks for your input, Coalies!
Went to the Alaska website to try to get more info on the stove. Learned it has a secondary air provision. Close this off at least temporarily.
Strike a match or use a lighter and hold the flame to the gap in the barometric damper door to see if the flame sucks in and how strongly it does so. Does that door remain closed all the time or does it partially open? Twist a torn off piece of paper, light it and hold it to the open door of the baro. How well does it suck in the flame and smoke? I am trying to see whether to blame the chimney or the stove.
Also read that it has an internal damper. Make sure it is open. Using a flashlight examine the internal smoke path to be certain nothing is obstructing it, like overlooked packing material. If the hopper is removable take it out so you can really see. Leave it out for the time being to see what is going on when firing.
Any leakage of air around the outside of the grate will bypass the coal and lead to the condition you describe. All air has to go through the coal. Examine carefully, maybe take out the bricks to see better.Does it burn wood easily, hot, and fast?
Since it is an inside chimney I find it hard to accept that it will not draw well,especially since you had it lined.