helpmeharman wrote:we burn lump coal (anthracite) the fires are started with wood and then coal is added after it gets going. We can keep a fire going but every time that it needs to be tended huge clouds of black smoke escape the door.
Where is the coal you are using from? (store or dealer?) Does it have a name on the bags or if bulk, can you find out what coal it is? (I've been burning anthracite coal for almost 30 years & never have black smoke coming from it????)
Is there any smoke coming from your chimney when you are burning coal? (Either way a good draft should stop your problem)
Are you letting the fire heat up before you open any door to tend the stove?