First fire in the WESO!

First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: jpete On: Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:45 pm

Well, it was "cold enough" to start the fire today. 50-ish with a stiff breeze. And it'll be high 30's low 40's tonight. Right now, it's about 72 inside! :D

I wasn't sure this stove was going to produce enough heat but it seems good so far. My only complaint is the small size of the firebox. I will have to tend it probably twice as much as my Harman Mk I. My first load got me about 8 hours before I had to add any coal., but I had the thermostatic damper set to about 3 (out of 6). I have it at about 5 1/2 right now so I'm hoping it lasts the night.

Anyway, here's the pics.....Thanks to everyone who answered my questions.

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: cooper On: Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:05 pm

looks like a good stove, and atractive too. good luck
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon Mark 2
Stove/Furnace Model: Harmon mark 2

Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: jpete On: Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:30 pm

After a few days, I'm having a little trouble keeping this thing running. Right now, I don't have any kind of damper except the thermostatic one on the back of the stove. Is there any possibility that I need a damper in the chimney? I had to run a hand damper in my Harman Mk I at my old house. I'm still getting the feel of this one.

Thanks.
jpete
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

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Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:58 am

Usually trouble with keeping the fire burning after a few days is caused by buildup of ash on the grates, restricting the air to the fire.. try shaking it down thoroughly...
A damper will only control maximum draft,, it can't increase draft.

Greg L

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
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Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: jpete On: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:48 pm

Well, I let it die and started from scratch. I hope this works. It's a really pretty stove. Luckily, I have my Mk I for backup if this doesn't cut it.
jpete
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:45 am

Did you find lots of ash on the grate?? This stove may require a different shaking technique than you used in the Mark I. Does this stove have rocking grates like the Mark? or are they more of a sliding /swiveling grate??

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
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Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:42 am

Yeah, there was a fair amount of ash on the sides. The "shaking" system is more of a swiveling motion. It just undercuts the ash. I've taken to poking the fire with a 1"x1" piece of wood and kind of tamp it down. I may have to sell this thing anyway. I'm not sure when the snow starts to fly if it will keep the whole house warm. I'm running about flat out now and it's only mid 50's out. It's a nice "parlor" stove and would probably do well in a house half this size. Plus, my dad is 72 and like a lot of old people, he always cold. It's 70* in here and he's walking around with his jacket on and complaining it's cold :D
jpete
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:46 pm

Another thing weird about this thing, is that nothing gets all that hot. It's 76* upstairs, 80* downstairs, and yet the stove merely warm to the touch and the stack doesn't feel that hot either.

My Mk I was like a red hot skillet, and I have the scars to prove it! :D

I guess it has to do with the ceramic exterior but it really got me stratching my head because it's so different than my Harman.
jpete
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: MichaelB On: Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:03 pm

The exterior temperature of the stove is by design - the Weso's are made so that they never get extremely hot. But they should radiate heat for a few hours after the fire is out. I will look at the instructions again, but I think that they shouldn't be burned on "high", but on a medium level.

At any rate, the red tiles are really nice. I hope you can figure out the stove and use it this winter.

Good luck.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Weso
Stove/Furnace Model: Weso 125

Re: First fire in the WESO!

PostBy: jpete On: Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:56 pm

Well, I gave up. I feel bad but I can't keep this stove going more than a week. It really needs to be tended a little more frequently and there just isn't anyone here to do it. The ash just builds up and it kills the fire. I went back to my old Harman Mk I. I know how it runs and my wife is familiar with it. And I can let it go 12+ hours without any tending. It's too bad because I think the WESO was safer with my kids around.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

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