I just couldn't resist not posting this. I was so taken back from the beautiful way the Clayton fires on wood, that I thought I would share the way it looks all fired up!
So, I know it is possible to get over 12 hours of burn time easily with a lower firing rate with my big house, just think what you'll get with a smaller house. Other than the Clayton's wonderfully designed firebrick secondary burn chamber, the real key to the long steady heat producing wood fires, in the Clayton, is the installation of a barometric draft regulator in the stovepipe to the chimney, set between .04 to .07 inches of water. From my experience, without a barometric draft regulator installed, it burns like a match and the best you can hope for is the longest burn it will give you. Also, not burning wet wood and keeping the firebox temperatures up with a stovepipe reading of at least 275 degrees or higher, so you burn all the creosote up before it can stick to the walls of the chimney.
In my opinion, the Clayton furnace is the best multi-fueled stove on the market. It burns wood, bituminous lump coal, and anthracite coal very well, while giving you the option to burn what fuel you want or have at the time available.
Clayton, the best bang for the buck!!!
Any comments or questions are welcome.
The Clayton burns wood into charcoal with blue flames dancing above a glowing orange bed of hardwood charcoal. With the ash door spinner closed and the combustion draft blower on, with the draft flap adjusted to the needed heat output, it forges the fire into one hot fire! I raked the coals level and got it ready for the next load of hardwood. Then stuff the firebox until you can't get another log into it. This amount at that firing rate will give me about 8 hours of burn time for my 3700sq.ft. house and keep the house at 72 degrees when it's 10 degrees outside. At this firing rate, on a much smaller house, you'd be opening the windows it would get so hot. I am using the thermostat controlled combustion blower fan option available from U.S.Stove Company. It really works well.