rewinder wrote:Ahhaaaa! you solved it!
So if the stove is near where you want the temp to be, move the handle till the flap is closed, or maybe 1/4" open at the widest part. Wait till it reacts and the temps either drops or holds.
You'll have to learn the opening amounts for the temps you want to keep
forget about the above the fire /window wash slide vents till you want to burn wood. Keep them closed always for coal.
Plus, before you shake and fill thehopper,turn the handle to open the flaper quite a bit to revive the coal bed. Or open the ash door a bit to revive it and leave the handle alone (don't move it if it's running near where you want it to be)
Mine has no ash pan door, it's under the gratebehind double doors, , so I use the thermostatic flapper opened a lot to liven it up .
If you crack the ash door to liven up the fire, NEVER walk away form the stove with out shutting it. The chances of forgetting to close it are great and you'll really over fire the stove badly.
It certainly seems like this pebble discovery MUST be the answer!
Ok, will do - I will go back to my stance learned New Years of "step away from the air-wash levers!"
I've got it set at the 1/4 mark right now.......it's already more comfortable in the room.....hopefully it won't plummet now.
I hope that I get a shallower learning curve from here on out - I think I deserve that!
I appreciate everyone's help! If the operator could just stop screwing up we'll be golden and I could stop bugging you guys.