jjfcars wrote:stove temp rite now is at 300 rite now on top what temps do you guys get.
It varies somewhat, but my stovetop temps generally run between 250* and 300* most of the time when it's in the 20s or lower outside. I generally have the restrictor open 1/2 to 2/3 of the way and the ash pan damper at 1/3 to 1/2 to get those temps. Single digits generally call for a bit more air, so I might go to 2/3 on the ash pan damper if it gets really cold. That's with the blowers on. During our recent ice storm/power outage, I was running it at the same settings and getting 350*+ stovetop temps without the blowers running. Without the blowers, the stovetop will get hotter than with them on.
For me, the wind seems to make a big difference as well. If it's windy, I'll go about 1/2 open or less on the restrictor (depending on how hard the wind is blowing) or else I burn too hot/fast. If it's calmer, I go with 2/3 open on the restrictor (or fully open if it's dead calm). When idling, I generally have the restrictor fully in (about 1/3 open) and the ash pan damper at about 1/8.
The highest stovetop temp I've recorded thus far was 380*. That was during the power outage with the restrictor at 2/3 open and the ash pan damper at 1/2 open and the fans off. The wind must have picked up when I wasn't home to close the restrictor to 1/2, so the stove got pretty hot.
Believe it or not, I have an Excel spreadsheet that I record a bunch of data on every time I shake/load. I record the date, time, stovetop temp, living room temp, back bedroom temp, outside temp, damper setting, restrictor setting, fan setting (on/off), and check off if I shake, load, empty the ash pan, and vacuum. I also have a "notes" field where I record how much coal I loaded and other stuff like if I changed the restrictor or ash pan damper settings. It's overkill, I know, but it's nice to be able to look back and see what settings I used to get what temps inside, etc. I'm sure after the first year I probably won't need it since I'll pretty much know how the stove will behave under what conditions/settings. But for now, it's been useful.