Dudleymass wrote:filled it up last night with about a full 50 pound bag of antracite nut.
Rob R. wrote:The brochure for that unit says it holds 150 lbs of coal. Can you post a picture of the firebox after you have "filled it"?
Quit being bashful with her
It might take 150 pounds to fill it to the top of the fire brick at first, but don't worry.. At each 12 hour interval (depending on your needed heat output) you might only add 30 to 50 pounds (possibly a little less or little more). Fill it to the top of the fire brick and even mound it up in the center. I'll run mine 12 inches deep in the center and 9-10 inches deep around the edges. I agree with the others, the fire had burned out too low to be shaken, it needed some CPR first.
When refueling a fire that is still burning well, I don't rev it up (some people do, it will help with recovery time). I'll open the ash pan door and shake till a good amount of orange embers are falling thru the grates and there is a dominating glow radiating down thru them. I've never been able to "over shake a fire" I suppose anything is possible though
Then I'll add 20-30 pounds, mound it up in the center. Leave the ash pan door open (DON'T FORGET ITS OPEN) till my pipe gets up to 250 degrees or so with the blue ladies.
Unless you really gotta push that furnace hard, 12 hour refueling intervals should be plenty. In warmer weather its easy to get 24 hour intervals. As suggested by another member, monitoring devices like thermometers and a manometer can give you real insight to what the furnace is doing. Most of us have a mano permanently installed. I have 6 thermometers on mine
one of them is a remote BBQ thermometer with temp alarms that gives me pipe and furnace (over the door) conditions on my night stand, or in my pocket up to 300 feet. Do you have a barometric damper on the flue pipe? It can help give you steady heat output.
Didn't mean to throw too much at you at once there
So yeah, fill her up man