LsFarm wrote:Safety first: take care of the chared mantle.. Charing is just a hundred degrees or so away from a flame!! A piece of steel, screwed in place on the underside of the mantle with spacers to provide an air gap will protect your mantle from most of the radiant heat..
you can use pieces of copper tubing or steel pipe over the mounting screws for the spacers.. as little as 1/2" air space will provide a lot of thermal barrier.
For the burning problems: leave the damper open, at least partially when you go to bed,, you are choking off the air flow through the coal bed.. A much better method would be to install an automatic barometric damper, but if your parlor stove is not airtight,, then you just aren't going to be able to control your fire to the extent that you are trying to. With either type of damper .
What quantity of coal does your stove hold, and how deep is the bed of coal?? You need at least 6-8" deep bed of coal to try to get through a 12-14 horu burn in an average airtight stove,, deeper if you want to burn longer.. Like 'berlin' said,, the deeper the better..
Thanks Greg...the hardware store came out to look and sold me a metalbestos pipe to go thru the wall....the way I had it was just stove pipe very close to the mantle.....it's all installed now and I feel much better.............am only able to get 3" or so of coal in as it will fall out the door....unless i pile it into the middle in a hill....haven't tried that yet...
Is it normal for the coal to "pop" pieces at the glass door when I put it in? Seems dangerous...I add a tiny bit and they shoot out...I close door....wait...add more...as I'm afraid I'll get shot in the eye. Am I doing something wrong when adding? I open the flu fully and wait ten seconds w/ it cracked open b4 opening door fully...add a shovel...close door as quick as i can...wait for the pieces to stop cracking..add more.