GRADY wrote:Hi there 41 year old father of 2 from Granby Ct
I have a Franco Belge stove hand fired and feed 1025 maybe model and trying to get tips on how
to operate it . Not doing so well and ready to give up
seems to me you get the fire started and add coal to burn
no such luck
put in a lot of time to run but no luck
took all the advice that I read from forum and some helped
I put in a bar damper hoping this will do the trick
do not have gauge so I am guessing on the setting
would all open be good? Would all closed be good?
What is the right setting for damper
hope some help is out there so I don't retired the stove to e bay or back in garage in the corner
very frustrated but with 2 weeks fighting this thing I feel it is a mission now
hope help is out there thank you
brendan oil out coal in !!!!!!!!
Hi Grady a moderator may move the question to a more appropriate area but in the mean time I can tell that just about every aspect of operating the stove you have is covered here, somewhere sometimes in different threads and recently, what I would do is perform a search under "Franco Belge" and "Hopper Fed" read the discussion and see if any of it hits home or rings a bell then hit us with a question a little more specific to the area giving you trouble, if you lived closer I'd come over and build ya a fire and that would prolly answer most of your question but we can't so don't give up they are great little heaters .
I have a fire in about 30mins in an hour its filled to the top with coal and on its way.
Open the hand damper all the way, one sheet of heavy duty foil over the glass and gaskets folded over at the edges of the door with a hole for the door latch, ashdoor open.
Pile of matchlite charcoal in the middle of the firebox about 10 - 15 pieces just cause I'm pushy I put a quick squirt of Zippo lighter fluid over the charcoal . (not soaking them just wettin them)
Now I put the match to it and close and latch the door heres the hard part leave it alone for 15 or 20 mins (I go smoke a cigarette) open the door and peek in to see if the coals are completely lit like your supposed to due when you cook with it, if so put about 2-3 coal shovel scoops of Pea coal over the embers but don't smother them now again the hard part, remove the foil cover, close the door and leave it alone for 15-20 more min peek inside and the anthracite should be showing some sign of burning add 4 - 5 more scoops and give it about 20-30 mins or so, peek if it looks like a fire fill'er up and don't worry go do something else for awhile (remember the ashdoor's open) and when you get back the miracle of anthracites preference for privacy when getting burning will amaze and delight you.