sonofasailor wrote:I actually have a similar problem...can't seem to get my stove hot enough. Stack temp at the max setting is only 200* and the warmest I've gotten things is about 68* when it was 30-35 out. Concerns me that I'm blowing all the heat up the chimney. I mean, my 1908 Glenwood puts out lots more heat.
I should mention - we're running a Franco-Belge Normandie Gravity-fed Hopper Stove. I'm using both a Barometric and an in-pipe dampner. Stove runs well...just not too hot....
I guess I should say I'm not trying to hijack the thread, but I think I've done what many here have suggested...Baro Dampner...maybe one in-line...drafting chimney...etc. Always concerned about overfiring, but just not sure this is firing hot enough?
Franco Belge stoves will never have a very hot top plate because the hopper full of coal insulates it, plus the smoke outlets are low and to the sides.
Heat exchange is to the sides and back. If you lean over the stove you will feel the heat rising from the back. These are convection stoves so will not throw off a lot of radiant heat such as you felt with your Glenwood, but they will distribute the heat much better.
These are very efficient stoves and do not have excessive stack temperatures, so leave the manual damper open. The stove should never be run at the max. setting. I suspect your draft is poor as these stoves, because they are so efficient, require a small chimney in order to sustain enough heat to maintain strong draft. I have seen one run so hot it began to melt the Pyrex glass. You could try chestnut coal to get a hotter fire.