Gary L wrote:Durring the full time season I let mine die once a week. I just don't add any coal in the morning and by around 11 AM it is out.
Gary L wrote:I find my stove burns real nice for about 5 days before I have to clean the corners where allot of ashes tend to get stuck and keep the air from circulating properly.
I keep mine running straight through the winter without ever intentionally shutting down. If you liven up the fire & poke from the top occasionally you can clean out the corners just fine & not have the hassle of cleannout & restarting. Air circulation is no problem! The key is using good quality coal.
(if you allow the fire to really liven up, you'll be amazed how much cleaning out you can do & still add fresh coal & keep right on trucking!....A lively fire is quite hearty & can be poked around allot while a "sleepy" fire is very fragile.