Cato wrote:Stove size:
I have two tons of stove coal and 5 tons of nut. I generally burn nut but on colder days 'range' with a bottom layer of nut and top of stove. I find that the stove coal burns hotter and lasts just as long as the nut. I know people say it burns faster but I haven't noticed a difference in burn time. I have a Harmon Mark I and when I shake down I add a layer of nut and then add stove . By the time the stove coal reaches the bottom to be shaked out it has pretty well burned up. Don't start with stove coal and then add nut because when you go to shake down the ash the bigger stove coal may not 'break up' because of not being burned enough. The bottom layer of nut makes for easier shake downs.
If you would burn staight Stove Then burn Straight Nut you will feel and see the differents in the burn time .Stove will burn hotter but faster. Nut will burn slower but not with the same amount of heat as stove has . You are putting Nut first then you are putting on stove. The nut is slowing down the burn of the stove Just like when you burn Pea & then Put Nut
coal on. The pea will slow down the nut from burning fast . Anytime you put on the smaller coal first it will slow down the bigger coal from burning up faster then if you burned it straight. Also when you put nut on first and then put pea on to slowdown and hold the fire overnight . that is called dampening the fire . Goes back to when everyone used coal fired kitchen stove and potbelly stove heat troller . you would dampen the fire down by ptting on smaller size coal or coal ashes over the top of the fire only a little ash that would slowdown the fire untill morning came when you would shake and add coal .