03281 wrote:I've got the same Russo C-55. I had the same problem several times running nut coal. The grate couldn't break up the lodged coal nugget and the fire would die because I couldn't shake it. Believe me, I tried, just short of standing on the shaker handle. I switched to pea coal. I will still occasionally get a piece lodged in the front, but the grate breaks it right up. The pea coal seems to have a more even tempered fire, and has a quicker response to draft adjustment.
Yes exactly the problem. I tried some Pea and it seems to burn nice and smooth...It may be the answer. Maybe I shake too much,,,I tend to do a few quick shakes between major shakedowns.
I'm located in central Long Island NY...Kimmel 50lbs from Agway is $9.00, Blaschack from Bethelham is $10.00 but I think that is 50lb. My local dealer about 1mile from me is well known in the area for bandit pricing and less than stellar attitude,,,btw, I've heard of them mentioned here, and there price is $12+ for bagged but I don't know if that is 40 or 50lb. That's about the size of it and I've not seen prices drop with oil's drop. If anybody knows a supplier in central Long Island, NY...please let me know. I've seen prices for bagged as high as $20 for bagged on Craig's List in this area. The way I save money is just heating a portion of my small cabin and not heating up the whole place and basement...also the heat is radiant 77* and constant, so very enjoyable.