TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Jack Magnum On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:41 pm

Everything has been going splendid with burning and I'v been sucessful with shaking down and poking HOWEVER, Tonight after 12hrs I went to the stove and found only one half had lighted ambers and the right half looks like just burnt ash. After a through shake and poke The right side looks dead and can only get the stove pipe to 200 or so with ash door open. How can I remedy this condition ?
Jack
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:48 pm

Sounds like you have ash built up on that side. If your poking and shaking hasn't helped, you might want to get a small shovel and clean out that side of the stove; could have a clinker that is preventing the ash from going through the grates.

Once you have that side cleaned out, refill with fresh coal and check on it after a few hours.
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Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:51 pm

Just open the ash door & add a thin layer to the good side (don't poke the good side) & see if you can shovel out some dead ash from the dead side. Them just fill the dead side (full) with fresh coal. In the morning, you'll have a full fire going again.
Keep the good side going nice & lively...The fire will eventually spread to the bad side.....overnight.
Last edited by Devil505 on Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: tvb On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:52 pm

A similar problem with my Alaska Channing was caused by oversized lumps of coal stuck in the feeding mechanism.
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Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Jack Magnum On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:53 pm

I actually was in the process of doing that before I read your post and the burnt coal on that side looks like petrified wood . I took some out and moved a few from the left side to the right and I am adding a little bit more to see if I can get a burn. Think the wife was burning a little hot today. She's not feeling well and had it 84 in here :shock:
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Jack Magnum On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:54 pm

Devil,
Hope your right . What's the word ,Patience ???? :D
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:59 pm

Jack Magnum wrote:Devil,
Hope your right . What's the word ,Patience ???? :D



Yujp...patience. Don't try to move coal from the good side to the bad....you'll put it out by doing that. Leave the good side alone & just keep adding coal to keep it burning well. Dump a load of fresh coal on the dead side & the fire will spread itself. Patience is the key!
Guaranteed you'll have a nice full fire in the morning. You need to keep doing an aggressive ash clean out for a few days, due to these cold temps & burning it so hot.
Perfectly normal.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Jack Magnum On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:01 pm

Thanks so much, Nice to have you guys here with immediate answers.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:08 pm

Jack Magnum wrote:Thanks so much, Nice to have you guys here with immediate answers.


That's why we get paid the big bucks! :lol:

Seriously, fire rarely burn evenly. You will generally have one good side & one bad side. As long as you don't disturb tghe good side, you could pretty much clean out the bad side ...down to the grates & the fire will spread back just fine. The key is to leave the good side alone.....& have patience!
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
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Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Jack Magnum On: Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:50 am

Devil,
You sure called that one right. I woke up and it had a full glow across the whole grate. I opened draft all the way and let the fire liven up then shook down and poked and reloaded. What a beautiful thing. You can tell I am getting old when I get excited over a fire. :D We have mid 40's for temp right now so I imagine I'll be cutting the draft back. 84 degrees is alittle much 4 me. Anything special I need to do besides cut back on the stove coal draft control knob ? Thanks again 4 all the help.
Jack
P.S.
One of my neighbors came for a visit the other day and commented on how nice and warm the house was and he thought the stove was an electric job!!!!!! The ambers were all glowing nicely. :D
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:06 am

Glad it worked out for you Jack!...40* here right now...Heat Wave!! :up: ...Just for today I guess but then it's just going back to NORMAL low temps!

Make sure you rev up you fire good & then do an aggressive shake & Poke down to the shaker grates as there's still plenty of ash in there from the cold days Get rid of as much as you can by doing 1/2 of the firebed at a time, while leaving the other side still flaming well & then reverse the procedure next shake down.
You can really clean out the ash while still running your stove.
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Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Jack Magnum On: Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:45 pm

I have another question. my stovepipe from the collar to the horizontal pc is about 18-20 inches and then horizontal from there right thru the wall thimble about a 26 inch run. MMy question is this. I am burning Jeddo coal which is quite dusty, When I add coal to the hot ambers I notice quite abit of dust ash or what ever goes up the stove pipe flue. Will that build up in the horizontal line and if so what symptoms should I look for ? Right now I notice more of a sulfer smell whem I am loading the stove after a shakedown and poke. After I am fully loaded with the doors closed there is NO smell.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:51 pm

Jack Magnum wrote:I have another question. my stovepipe from the collar to the horizontal pc is about 18-20 inches and then horizontal from there right thru the wall thimble about a 26 inch run. MMy question is this. I am burning Jeddo coal which is quite dusty, When I add coal to the hot ambers I notice quite abit of dust ash or what ever goes up the stove pipe flue. Will that build up in the horizontal line and if so what symptoms should I look for ? Right now I notice more of a sulfer smell whem I am loading the stove after a shakedown and poke. After I am fully loaded with the doors closed there is NO smell.



Allot depends on your setup Jack & I'm not familiar with Jeddo coal. I can easily get by just cleaning out the pipes when I dismantle them for the summer. Others here need to clean the fly ash out a few times a heating season. (If your draw seems fine I wouldn't worry about it but, the next time your stove goes out, it never hurts to take the elbow off & look inside.
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Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Jack Magnum On: Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:44 pm

Gotcha ,Thanks. Jeddo coal burns good but real dull and dirty and dusty. Next year it's Blashak 4 sure. I'll probably get it in the summer.
Jack Magnum
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: TLC 2000 burning on only one half of grate?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:22 pm

Jack Magnum wrote:Gotcha ,Thanks. Jeddo coal burns good but real dull and dirty and dusty. Next year it's Blashak 4 sure. I'll probably get it in the summer.


I burn nothing but Blaschak & find I have maybe a 1/4" of fly ash in my horizontal pipes when I remove them in the spring.
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