The grate was cemented to the strong back just for safety's sake.`The stove is working properly as far as I can see. It's heating the whole
I would like to give a BIG shout out to everyone here for they're help in this issue, especially Rick 386. He was a huge in supplying me with info to get this thing rectified. I couldn't have done this without ya! The heat is NICE! Thanks so very much!
I too was having the coal hopper get hot. I agree it is due to the radiant heat of the stove. The rear of this stove gets very warm, and the bin gets hot. I felt the underside of the bin, and it is cooler than the sides of the bin.. If there was a fire creeping into the bin, it would be hottest there, wouldn't you all agree?
shano06 wrote:I have an alaska 140 with a single feeder, my coals stay hot to the point of the grate holes but when I look at the flame it looks like it is creeping toward the feeder. My hopper is warm on the bottom and the side that the feeder is on but before reading this post I just thought that it was the heat from the stove, it has been running since Saturday like that ( I dont think I noticed it before) anyways let me know if this is urgent or if it is normal.
I was freaked out by this also. I had a nice long talk with the Alaska company today. They have been very helpful through this. The flames will always be at the rear of the coals. That is normal. As long as those coals are are hot only at the holes in the grate, you will be fine. If RED HOT coals are at the base of the bin, then you have an issue. Just a question...Are you power venting with this stove? If you are powerventing, make sure you have a barometric damper and that it is set properly. My stove was improperly set up with the powervent being controlled by the stove rheostat. If I turned down the stove, it would close the damper, sucking more air from in the stove instead of from in the room. I found that my bin may have been a cause for air getting in because it was not seated properly on the stoker gasket.