UrbanRally wrote:Wow Rebecca, your story sounds identical to mine, straight down to the fan blowing on the stove! I have already switched to nut coal, and i guess i will nervously try the 50% open next. My roomate gave up on the coal, and bought a cord of wood for the little efel stove. (burns both) But wood wins for heat output right now. I just gotta show him up...
I hope that you have the same success that I did as well! Ever since I decreased the air intake to 50% it has been 70 in the house! I've even dared to decrease it lower with the warmer temps we've had around here in the last few days. Now, mind you, I did kill the fire again yesterday and had to start from scratch again. But, I believe that that was an ash/shaking issue - I don't think that I got the fire excited enough before I shook it and I smothered it when I shook it. I also got a stove thermometer and it's been staying right around 200 - can hardly imagine what the temp would go to if the stove gets up to 400!
I wish you success - I am a firm believer in the experts here - listen to what they say, they know what they're talking about!
PS - Have you checked your draft?? I thought
I didn't have enough draft and it turned out that I had close to too much draft, that knowledge helped too.