Just like joespond, i fired up my mark II for the first time Tuesday. Fun Fun Fun. Actually I've learned a lot in the last two and a half days. For the last few days Ive been playing around with the damper control, trying to figure out where I will get the best draft for a steady, hot burn... One question i have is about reading anthracite. What is the ash content for nut coal? I've heard from other members that it is junk and that I will hate burning coal because of it. Ahhh... thank God I have two small children because they have helped me develope patience.
In the last two days I've gotten a lot of ash from this coal. Instead of shaking twice daily I'm planning on shaking down 3 times just to get rid of the ash. My dad, who's been burning coal for a long time, recommended getting coal from his dealer. I'm hoping to work through the reading anthracite and move on. I've been told that mark II's are great stoves so I'm optimistic
Tonight my basement, where the stove is located, reached 93 degrees F, my living room, kitchen and bath reached 73 degrees F. Not bad where I live. Its in the mid 30s right now. My house is smaller, not much more than 1000 square feet. Having the stove in the basement has heated up everything including my domestic hot water. I have the stove in front of my oil burner so I could tie into the chimney. I've disconnected the oil burner. Went to a electric hot water heater and tied it into my domestic hot water line coming off the oil burner. Basically the oil burner is acting like a preheater/holding tank before the water goes into my hot water heater, an idea from my father-in-law. Tonight the water temp in my oil burner was at 90. Hopefully it will help save on electric. We'll see.