I had a Hitzer 30-95 installed in October and I'm finally getting the hang of it. Since Thanksgiving it's gotten a lot colder and I've been burning it hotter, which has led to more ash buildup and clinkers; so much so that I have to nearly kill my fire to clean it all out. Yesterday I got sick of cleaning out the ash/clinkers every single week
, so I emptied the stove and started burning wood. That was real fun waking up twice last night to refill it.
This morning I shoved a log in, closed the door and oops! The glass cracked.
The crack goes from the side middle to the top middle and is about 10 inches long. The top piece of glass jiggles a little and the impact point has a 1/4" circular crack where the log hit it. This is my main source of heat and it won't be repaired until Wednesday. Is it ok to keep burning with that crack? (I've since switched back to coal)
Also, I've read some around here about dealing w/ ash/clinkers, but I have a really hard time with the buildup at the back of the Hitzer behind where the hopper sits. The fire bricks slant down toward the grates, but for some reason shaking doesn't seem to empty out that area. Am I possibly not shaking enough? (I've been shaking every 8 hours or so--and this sucker burns almost all the way open since I have a weird house layout and lots of drafts--I keep the dial between 12-14 and don't have a baro). Before, I was shaking every 4-5 hours and that seemed a bit much--I was dropping unburnt coal into the ash pan. 12 hours is way too long between shakes, but now it seems like 8 hours is a bit much. Ugghh! I've got so much unburnt coal that I'm picking it out of my ash can to save some---probably not worth my efforts though...