Ashcat wrote: Another question for you--assumiing you've already fired up: My blower fan runs almost continually, no matter how slow I try to make the burn. Yours too?
hey Aschcat - last week when it was cooler my blowers were on all the time (and that takes a little getting used to if you are sitting in same room i.e. the additional noise level). I think this will be the norm once winter arrives for real - right now mother nature is having a laugh with the up and down temperature routine.
this weekend I didn't run the blowers atall as it was realtively warm outside. I actually redcued air flow (via ashpan) to a very small opening and that totally cools the stove down. I don't have a thermometer yet, it's en route, but just placing your hand near the top you can get a feel for how hot the stove is.
Bottom line is the coal can't get too hot without air so if you restrict air you restrict flow and in turn temperature. For peace of mind though call Hitzer and ask to spek to Dean - he's super nice, super helpful and reflective of what a great company Hitzer is - I hope they go IPO - I'll buy shares ! They just need to hire a technical author for their manuals/user guides ! This forum is definatly the place to come for info and real life experiences.
Let us know how you get on.