Mark (PA) wrote:Agreeing with Rob
Increase your air a bit.
Seems like your ash pictures from above have a bit more unburnt coal than I would like to see if it were me anyway. I had a bad ton of coal last year and it looked like that!
You can also get a good idea how your coal is burning from the weight of the ash bins. the heavier they are the more coal that isn't burning so well.
Just to give you an example in a year like last winter (read that winter not very bad at all) I burnt about 5 tons from Oct 10th til May 23rd. Keeping my home at 71 Deg all winter. I really don't know how people can take some of the colder temps I see in homes but again, money is an issue and heating with Oil is a expensive proposition.
This year based on the weather predictors I will probably go thru 6 to 7 tons, but I'll be warm!
6 years ago when i started this coal burning habit I was paying about $2700 A year in fuel oil (when it was $1.92 per gallon) now I pay half of that and the house is a few degree's warmer! Love it.
I kept the house at 65 last year and it sucked. Cold feet all the time. I love keeping the house at 70 and keeping the basement warmer to boot. Feet are warmer, and I don't need to grab a blanket every time I sit down.
I am working on a lid for the bucket. Right now I have a CO detector directly above the barrel and it has been silent, but I do agree that it should be covered.
If you don't mind me asking, how large is your house, how insulated is your boiler and piping, and do you do any setbacks during the day when you are gone or at night for sleeping?