Just found this website, and it looks very informative. Something I can benefit from seeing I'm new to coal burning. I'm in upper CT, and live in a modest (1500 sq/ft) farm house, with my wife and twin teenage daughters. I've owned a Surdiac Gotha, model 513, for almost 20 yrs, and have never had it operational. Since the oil prices keep getting more and more out of control, the wife suggested a yr ago I install it so we can see how it performs. It made it's maiden voyage approx. 1 mo ago, (fueled up and burning), but firing this thing has been a "hit or miss" event, which has been frustrating to say the least.
I'm hoping to learn from you "seasoned" veterans, and promise not to burden you with ridiculously simple questions. Unfortunately, I can't promise there won't be any stupid ones. (Sorry).Anyway, Happy 2012 to all, and stay warm.
P.S. I hope the administrators can move this to where it belongs, cause it appears I'm in the wrong. area.