dangit wrote:Thanks for an explanation on the hollow brick channels envisage.
Our area is just entering the heating season. Just a few cold nights/days so far but I imagine you all have already been firing up for a few weeks. In your experience have you been able to observe that as the fresh, hot air rises thru the channels the volatiles actually flame up as they burn-off?
Considering the size of the 523's firebox is 2 cubic feet (1.167' X 1.167' X 1.5' = 2.04 cf) is it recommend to keep it filled up? If so, I would hope that much coal would take a good while to burn because that would be about 5% of a ton of coal. The little experience I have burning coal was years ago as a young kid visiting my grandparents. Wish I had paid more attention. I remember going to the coal yard with my grandfather. He would handpick thru the pile for the big chunks. Some of those were 6" x 12" and some much bigger. He just loaded them into the stove whole and I don't remember him spending much time fussing around with the stove so they must have given a good burn time.
My big concern at this time is the poor condition of the oval boot (see photo). I have search all over the internet for one that measures 8.5" X 4.5" but have not found a replacement boot. Any instructions you might want to give me will be much appreciated.
Thanks, Terry for answering the question regarding the lack of gaskets around the loading door.
Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you on this. I just got my Warm Morning Model 400 hooked up to the chimney Saturday night. What an amazing coal stove. The blue flame that comes from each of the 4 flue corners is an amazing thing to watch. I have loaded mine up with 3.5 5-gallon buckets of anthracite coal, and this thing is putting out heat like nobody's business! This unit holds about 100 pounds of coal at once. I can only keep the ash pan draft door thingee only a little bit otherwise I would easily overfire this beastie. I would definitely fill it up to the top of the firebrick. I have put in everything from pea to nut to stove coal and it is burning everything up ashes. I can't help you much on the oval boot, as mine is a 6 inch round going to an 8 inch into the chimney. I hope you are having a warm time with yours buddy!