Just wanted to say thanks for all your help. This is my first experience with burning coal and i'm finding that it's as addictive as burning wood was so many years ago. The big differance of course is coal is a lot easier. Have solved some begining problems thanks to you folks. Namely Devil505 for his spacer block idea, it works pretty good. Also Greg L for the poker idea that works well also. Pic's below.
Wanted to run an idea by you.
Greg L mentioned in another thread about a Harman SF160 with a draft blower on it. i don't have one on my stove. Went to Harman site and looked under accessories, but found nothing on a draft blower for my boiler. i do have a 4" supply air duct routed to the base of the ash door flapper. what do you think about putting a small computer fan in the air supply line and control it with its own relay tied into the aquastat? The only time i would need it is when the DHW circ. comes on. That drops the boiler temp. by about 20* and it takes a little time for the stove to recover. i figure for those times only i would have the fan kick in for a quicker recovery time. Any suggestions or comments will be most welcomed!!
This is a great forum, lately i've been reading the threads on coal history. It is very interesting
Thanks again for all the help.
P.S. i'm an electrican, so if anyone needs help in that aspect i'd do my best to help.