Nittany Valley Son wrote:I'm new to operating a coal stove, ans new to this house. I'm trying to figure out a range of temps that my stove should be operating at safely for the the maximum heat into the house. The stove is located down stairs inb the family room and the back bedrooms still seem cold. There are no floor registers back in that area of the house. I want to make sure I'm operating the stove efficiently before I start making ventilation changes to the house. I have been running the stove with the MPD closed and the draft screws open about a turn and a half and the pipe temp is staying right around 300 degrees. Is this a good operating temp or can I be running it a little hotter? The nights have been in the 20's here but dipping to the teens. I did notice Saturday night we had a small fan running in the family room blowing air towards the stairway to the main living floor and the back rooms were in the 70's. Maybe I could just use some more air movement in the house to get the heat where it needs to be. Any info from you all would be great. Thanks.
I have no experience with your specific stove - however coal stoves in general do not run that hot as measured at the black pipe.
Did you check with the manufacturer ? They should be able to tell you what to expect for temps.
I have a old hand fed coal stove (Chubby) and it generally runs in the neighborhood of 120-150F as measured at the black pipe - about 6ft from floor. The stove top temps would normally be around 350-500F.
Coal is way more efficient than wood burning - and therefore you should see lower temps at the flu than a comparable wood fire.
If I was seeing 300F at the black pipe I'd guess my Chubby would be running > 750F and that is really not what it was meant to run at.
Please note coal stoves - like wood stoves and pellet stoves - are room heaters or so called space heaters. They are generally not meant to heat your entire house because you will likley end up over-firing it to compensate for the furthest cold rooms.
I researched Baker stoves a few years ago - they are bullet proof. That doesnt mean I would want to run the stove at 1000F to heat the whole house.
And at that rate your coal consumption level would be very high.
I started a post several days ago - titled Chubby logging. Maybe check out the temps at pipe and stove to see what I am experiencing. I am trying to run my stove at the most consistent level possible - say 350-400F which would maximize stove tending and ash removal / coal consumption yet still throw off consistent heat for as long as possible.