Thank you for your very kind words Dangit. I don't know about being terrific, but I am very thankful for a fellow Warm Morning stove burner like you on this forum to correspond with. The damper is definitely doing a wonderful job. The clinkers I got did not burn in the Fire Boss wood/coal hybrid upstairs, so I guess they are not coke. In any case these things were very heavy, so I thought perhaps they might burn. No such luck, and I finally had to pick them out with tongs. I have heard about how nice coke burns. It would have been nice to make/burn some. My flue temp is still well between 300 and 350, so I will probably be looking into the Magic Heat in the future. Since I will need to mount mine horizontally, do you think the weight of that beastie will be of any concern? I wonder if the stove pipe can support its weight in that orientation.
I really wish I could get my hands on some more bit. I know our stoves were really designed to burn that stuff, and I would love to play with it. I have been thinking of some way to keep the 4 internal flue clear of ash and coal pieces. Perhaps some small piece of cast iron with perforations fitted into the tops to allow the gases and flames to come through? I just don't know if it would hold up to the internal temps, but I think keeping those clear is very important to proper burning, and I don't want to shut the stove down to clean them out. In the mean time it is nice to see the blue flames in the corners again! I will keep you posted on the clinker production situation. C-ya!