Good morning coal burners out there.
Tonight will make 1 week since I lit my first coal fire. It's been burning all week. Since I'm a little new to coal burning, and to this stove(harman MKII), I decided to experiment a little. I burned it longer than usual to see how long I could go. When I went to bed, there was a hot spot glowing in the front left of the stove. This morning, that hot spot was dark, and the stove was only glowing on the right side and a little in the left rear corner.
I opened the ash door for a while, then sprinkled some pea coal(I usually burn nut, but have some pea also) that I have on the hot areas. I kept slowly adding pea to those areas until I had a nice bad of healthy stuff in those areas. When I felt those areas were strong, I shook down. I shook quite a bit, since it really needed it, and finally got it loaded back up with pea. I decided to try the pea today, since its a bit mild today, and I wanted to see how the stove works with the different types. I left the door open until the blue flames were rolling around well, then closed it up. Its been burning for about 1 hour.
The left front quadrant is still not glowing. My question is: Will the fire eventually migrate back to the dead area? This morning when I first opened the door, I grabbed a piece of burned coal from the dead area. I broke it open, and it was a little back in the middle. I know that totally burned stuff has no black in the middle, it just crumbles up.
It seems like it could be a bummer if one part of your stove has thick burned ash, while the rest doesn't, since shaking settles everything together. It would be hard to remove that ash.