Pic of an established burn??

Pic of an established burn??

PostBy: JoePA On: Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:26 pm

My friend Tim and I, both new to the coal stove thing, were talking today and we weren't sure as to what a good established burn looks like. We have been burning coal before the season gets here to try and figure out how to keep the stoves running.So, we are just curious as to what a proper flame should look like. Anyone hae a good pic? Should there always be flame coming up through the coal? How deep should the burning bed of coal be?

Thanks!
Joe
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Re: Pic of an established burn??

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:33 pm

If you look at the picture in the banner, that is a good hot fire (maybe even a little too hot)! Mine will look close to that before I fill it all the way up for the night.

After you get it going, the coal bed should be as deep as the firebrick. Some dancing blue flames on top of the coal bed are what you want to see after loading.

Richard had a thread a while back asking for pictures so he could choose the best on for the banner. That thread is probably out there somewhere yet. I'll edit in a link if I find it.

Found it....here's the link

Coal Photo Competition
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Re: Pic of an established burn??

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:50 pm

It really depends on how hot a fire you are running & the stage of the fire.
When loading your stove (after livening up & shake down) you should see flames to burn off volatile gases) If it's early or late in the season (& you are just keeping the stove simmering) the fire bed will almost look dead, except fro a few hints of red glowing & a decent temp showing on your thermo. The hotter you are running the fire, the redder the bed will be & you will have the blue ladys dancing most of the time.
It really depends on how much air you're giving your fire.

(when the coal is starting to get white on top, it's time to liven it up a bit & add some fresh coal)

(I don't have a good enough camera to get non-flash pics of the fire)
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Re: Pic of an established burn??

PostBy: EasyRay On: Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:35 pm

This was last filled at 11 o'clock last night. Twenty one hours ago. Very little draft air under the coals.
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Re: Pic of an established burn??

PostBy: EasyRay On: Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:10 am

This is an example of a lot more air entering under the coal.

Temperature of the stove and burn rate is regulated by the amount of air entering below the coal.
In Both pictures the stove was filled to the top of the fire brick and the heat output and burn rate was adjusted from the amount of air entering through the bottom.

Hope this helps.
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