Running your hand fired stove/furnace can be thought of as having two different stages, requiring 2 different techniques:Warm Weather Technique
: (for me, normally all but mid December through early Feb)
(Lower stove temps needed as outside temps cool but not cold & chimney draw poor)
1. Stove temps low (120*-200*)
2. Real danger of running stove so cool you could lose your fire (recommend this http://www.smarthome.com/3219/Redi-Chek ... ter/p.aspx
3.(Low coal consumption (for me around 20-30lbs/day)
4. Takes longer to shake down/reload due to waiting for fire to liven up with ash door open.
5. "Window-Stat" adjustments my be necessary Cold Weather Technique
: (for me, normally mid December through early Feb)
(Higher stove temps needed as outside temps cold & chimney draw good)
1. Stove temps higher (200*-350*)
2. Real danger of overfiring stove ( recommend http://www.smarthome.com/3219/Redi-Chek ... ter/p.aspx
3. Higher coal consumption (for me 40-60lbs/day)
4. Faster shake down procedure as no need to wait or fire to live up & good draw on chimney
5. More need to wear eye protection & even a cap (high heat BAKES my bald head as I shake down the stove)
6. Humidifier necessary to keep house comfortable.