A while ago I posted a concern that my stove was firing too hot. The answers were helpful but at the time the stove was not burning. Now that it is, I have some follow up data and questions.
I set the thermostat door so when the stove is cold and the dial is all the way to the low end the big door is closed and the little door is open to its fullest extent.
I checked for cracks or open seams by taping up the holes where the ash shaker arms are, stuffing the flue with newspaper and then burning newspaper inside the stove filling it up with smoke. I got a little smoke out the draft door (until I closed it) and around the glass. Nothing around the doors, the gaskets do all look like they are in good shape.
I asked at Coal Heat in Alburtis about replacing the glass as it is all discolored (and leaks smoke) but they do not have the glass gaskets. Any idea where I might mailorder one? Also is this a painful job? I'm handy and have done gaskets before but I am willing to pay someone to do something that I shouldn't.
The hinges in the decorative door infront of the ash pan door are rusted and will not move. I took the decorative door off for now. Does anyone know wherer to get hinges like this?
Once the stove was lit I bought a thermometer and placed it on the top and found the stove never gets really hot (it is just hotter than my Victory 700). With the top decorative cover open the stove temp ranges from 275 at 1 on the thermostat through 375 at 8 on the thermostat. This seems like a narrow range to me, especially since Sempper Fi indicted the stove would go to 600.
With the thermostat set at 5, if left untouched overnight (9pm-7am) the stove burns all of the coal in the burn area to ash and then starts to burn the coal up in the hopper. Should this happen? I guess it should because if it did not burn the coal in the hopper it would go out. After a vigorous shaking there is little visibly burning coal but it comes back if left alone for an hour.
With the thermostat set at 8 the stove will start to burn the coal in the hopper in a couple of hours. Before all the coal in the burn area is gone.
thanks in advance