Thanks in advance for any insight. My gut tells me this is probably an ignorant question, but I have no idea what I did. I have a small Vogelzang Rancher wood/coal stove installed to supplement my oil this winter. I fired it up with wood last week to check draft with no problem. Last night I lit a coal fire, and overfired it. When I added coalto the top, I only had half of the bottom layer of coal ignited (right side). So, eventually, I think the fire burned down the left side causing the overfiring. The left bottom of the stove bucket? glowed. Tonight I retried making sure I had lit coal as a base, and then filled half way. My goal was to see the heat output with the reclaimer I had installed. Again, I am sure this is my ignorance, but even though I had flames to the top of the bucket, It would never kick the reclaimer on (I believe kicks at 155). So I filled to top with coal, and now checked on it, and I am glowing again in the same spot. What exactly am I doing wrong? Just to possibly save time. It has a draft control on ash door. I have a damper 3" up stovepipe. Chimney (double wall stainless steel) is supported by stove, so everything is permanent, so if the cast iron was weakened somehow, I could not replace, and that is the only place I have any glow. Thank you again for your time and help.
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on Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:42 pm, edited 2 times in total.