New Hitzer model 983 fire

New Hitzer model 983 fire

PostBy: Ashcat On: Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:23 pm

Several weeks ago, my Hitzer model 983 was delivered and installed. I had a small test fire initially which I let go out, due to the warm temperatures outside . This morning, however, I am attempting a larger fire. Generally, I have left the ash pan door cracked open. As you can see in the attached pictures, the fire appears to be burning best in the front right portion of the firebox. This would appear to coincide with the area where the draft would be greatest, assuming that the ashpan door is left cracked open. I suspect that all the air rushing in to the stove through the ash pan door is immediately being sucked up through the fire at its closest point, in the front right. If this is true, maybe reducing the damper opening will reduce airflow and allow air to get to the back portion of the firebox. I'll give that a try, but does anyone have suggestions about other methods of getting more air to the back of the firebox? With the first fire I had, I closed the ash pan door and opened the vents in the ash pan door the way, and the fire went out.

By the way, I am burning Blaschak nut.
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Ashcat
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Blaschak

Re: New Hitzer model 983 fire

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:14 pm

Your coal bed appears to be quite shallow, which will make it very difficult to get a sustainable fire. Your stove will work best with the coal filled all the way to the top of the firebrick.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
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Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: New Hitzer model 983 fire

PostBy: TimV On: Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:45 pm

From my vantage point it looks as if you need about 4 to 6 more inches of coal to fill the firebox up to where it should be.
A full bed of coal is a happy bed of coal :D
TimV
 
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Energy King 480 EK
Coal Size/Type: Warm weather smaller coal. Cold weather larger coal.
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Re: New Hitzer model 983 fire

PostBy: Ashcat On: Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:04 pm

OK, Thanks TimV and markviii.

I'll load it full and see.
Ashcat
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Blaschak

Re: New Hitzer model 983 fire

PostBy: Razzler On: Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:25 pm

Ashcat, As Markiii and Timv said you have a good bed started but you'll have a hard time trying to keep it going like that. You have to fill the fire box up to the top of the brick now. Make sure to leave a corner of the hot coal open so you don't get a puff back. Leave the ash door open for 15 or 20 minutes when the coal is burning good again like in the picture you posted then you can close the door and start controling it with the damper on the front of the ash door. Maybe start with the damper open half way and leave it go for an hour to see how the heat is, you'll probable have to close it down some more at that point. :notsure:
Razzler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buck

Re: New Hitzer model 983 fire

PostBy: Ashcat On: Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:40 pm

Yes, much better now, thanks to all of your advice. Very even burn, and very HOT! I've reduced the ash pan vents by about 60%, and it seems to be doing fine. Thanks
Ashcat
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Blaschak

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