EasyRay wrote:Remember....Always fill it to the top of the bricks and top of the front bars. You can even mound it up in the middle. Always rev it up before shaking or adding.
Because the fire box is vee shaped you will have to scrape the sides where the ash accumulates and sometimes doesn't always fall into the pan. You can always poke the sides through the top loading door with a long poker. You can also poke the front with it. That is another reason I added extra to the sides to make it more vertical. I don't burn any wood at all so I don't need the extra width.
You did install the clean out plate inside the top loader door didn't you?
Remember to keep the secondary vents on the sides closed. The only adjustment you have to use to adjust the temperature of your stove is the primary air on the ash door.
The more air you feed from underneath the grates the hotter the stove. Also the faster you use the coal like a gas pedal on a car.
I also use 000 steel wool to clean the inside of the glass every other loading. Very easy to do and only takes about ten seconds.
Thank you for all the helpful info. The clean out plate is installed. I also have the side air controls closed. I have the firebox loaded as you described and everything seems to be humming along nicely now
I have been using easyoff oven cleaner on the glass and it has been working great. My crappy phone camera doesn't work well in low light.
The one thing I am learning is that burning coal requires patience....I have to resist the temptation to keep tweaking it
btw....what holds the extra firebrick in place?