rewinder wrote:Cheat??? Sounds like a plan to me! can you explain that trick a bit more?? I forgot to load one of my stoves after shaking it (an old age thing I think!), And had to trenderly bring it back to live.
Had the grey coal syndrome too at times, when it went out cause there was no coalin the hopper,I forgot to load one of my stoves after shaking it (an old age thing I think!), And had to trenderly bring it back to life. or re start it.
Really not that much of a trick ... With careful slicing/poking/shaking down and loading I find that even a weak fire will come back given enough time. But... if I forget to load or been away from the stove for a while (8~10hrs) and the fire is really weak and I don't feel like waiting an hour or so for heat, I'll "cheat". Just do the slice/poke/light shake (short quick back/fourth on the handle), spread what's left of the coal embers evenly across the grate and throw on a scoop of pellet fuel, lump charcoal... whatever to get a quick flame and re-establish a strong draft, I've even used dead-drop from my maple trees but nothing is more convenient than pellet fuel. Leave the door open a crack to get the pellets to to burn strong and throw in a layer of coals. Once the coals catch, load up the hopper. Works great!
Now... in the spirit of full disclosure, I'll admit that I've "cheated" even worse. If I feel too lazy to even bother with the above procedure, I'll just do the slicing, shaking, throw in a GENEROUS amount of pellets/lump charcoal, load the hopper up and keep the door cracked open for 5~10 minutes. A little more hit and miss with this technique. It even works when the hopper full with a weak fire, just throw a generous amount of pellets across the front of the stove.
Continuing with the full disclosure bit... I've only have had to do this a few times (like 5~6) over the last couple of months. Once I got the hang of slicing/poking, I rarely lose a fire. I just use this technique if I want quick results.
Last night was really cold here in the Hudson Valley. I loaded the hopper full at ~11PM. By 7:30AM the hopper was almost empty and the fire was weak (embers in the middle with ashes on the edges). I just threw in a couple of shovelfuls of lump charcoal (what I have around for now) to bring the fire back in a hurry.