I'm on my 5th test burn. Looks like Ive got things well dialed in and under control as far as feed rate, temps, etc. Coal bin and delivery system fine tuned and usable Tools in place Wife trained to manage the process Kids stopped whining about the idea of coal
The heat output is amazing and the natural distribution throughout my two story center hall colonial is way better than I expected. I can see a need for a ceiling fan in the area where the stove is as that room gets to be a cooker but other than that I am ready for winter on Long Island.
Want to say thanks again to all forum members for the advice I've received.
You'll be constantly finding new ways to "Fine Tune" your home to distribute the heat evenly.......That's part of the fun!
I went though your post. Very "cool". Over the summer I was thinking about floor registers and how to distribute the heat to the upstairs. Decided to wait, see how the first year goes, ping the crowd here then make decisions for next year. I am hot on the idea of a water coil though for hot water.!
Yes, hot water coils are a great way to offset even more of our heating needs.. over the whole year, most households use 30% of their heating budget to heat hot water.. that's for the whole year.. so during the winter, it probably is roughly 15-20% of the heating costs.. depending on the household's number hot hot water users..
I'm a little curious. I have an Alaska stove with a Coaltrol which does an amazing job of keeping the room at a constant temp. How well does the built in thermostat of the DVC-500 work? Can it keep the temp in the room with in 1-2 degrees?