BeerMonley wrote:hould it look like the pic in the upper right of the forum? or is that a a fire thats "going good"?
LsFarm wrote:Well that depends... on when you are looking at your fire... that fire in the corner of the page is a stoker fed fire with a fan forcing air through the coal bed. You probably won't see a fire like that in your Mark III unless you leave the ash pan door open for quite awhile,, your stove will be really hot if you had a fire burning that hot.
A hand fired stove will have a lower level on the grates of ash, a middle layer of red-hot coals and an upper layer of darker coal that is not burning completely yet.. As the fire matures, and you shake it down, the top layer becomes the middle layer, and you add fresh coal to the top of the firebed..
You probably won't see an all red surface unless you are having very cold weather, and have your stove's air controls pretty open and your stove 'a-crankin' ..
VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Thought I'd share these pictures from a top loader hoping it shows a cross section of a mature fire.
Devil505 wrote:VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Thought I'd share these pictures from a top loader hoping it shows a cross section of a mature fire.
Glad you posted those pics Vigil:
That last pic looks like a very fragile, end of burn cycle pic that requires some care not to smother the fire when shaking down.
If that was the state of my fire, for shaking down & reloading I would:
1. Open the ash door & let the fire liven up....Don't shake down or disturb fire at all!
2. Sprinkle a shovel full of coal (or 2) across the top but not touch it!
3.Wait for the first sprinkle to catch & then add another few shovels of coal across the whole fire
4. Wait until the new coal is burning well & the whole fire is very lively
5. THEN I would shake down
6. Poke for bridging & air pockets
7. Refill, wait for it to catch & then close ash door.