coalloser wrote:My fellow coal burning friends - I need your advise
I think I identified my overall problem. I have very little draft in my basement. My stove never really operates in the 400-500 degree mark which is where I want it. I can open the ash door all the way....maybe get around 425 at most. When I close it, it will operate around 350 with all the bottom vents wide open
Is there anyway to create an artificial/alternative draft source, like a fan or something
Are you sure your stove is getting enough combustion air to burn? My daughter's basement was so tight she could barely get her stove hot too, until we opened the bulkhead doors & solved the problem. Try opening a window near the stove.
(her husband had sealed the basement casement windows tight. We unsealed one near the stove & permanently solved her problem)