Uglysquirrel wrote:Been into this for a week and right now only problem is that it takes 3-4 hrs for the Harman II stovetop temp to get back up to a nice 375-425* after shaking/reload
Missed this part of your post, first time I read it:
1. Keep your ash door open until you hit the temp you want, then close the door. (you'll need to play with the air inlet controls to find what setting will maintain your desired temp with the ash door closed)
2. If the stove still is slow heating up with the ash door open & cold outside temps, you may be shaking/packing your coal bed too tight. (coal needs good access to air to burn well.....Don't over-shake your stove or poke to much from the top)
Another possibility ,I just ran into at my daughter's house is your house is too tight & your stove is not getting enough fresh air to burn. Open a window or provide dedicated air to the stove if that' the case.
I'm guessing your ash door was closed for it to take 3-4 hours to get back to 375-425*?? (with an open ash door, good draft & loosely packed coal bed, it should take 10-15 minutes or less to get a roaring hot fire again)