plumber wrote:Thanks Dave, I will. I am convinced its the coal. I got 300 lbs of bagged Reading and the problems went away. The biggest issue with my coal is its inconsistency. No two shovels burn the same, so I can't get it set. Had issues all winter, and now that there is no load, I'm either outfiring or constantly hitting the dump zone causing outfires.
Sounds like you confirmed that the coal was not a good match for your equipment/load. If Reading works well for you, maybe you can slowly mix in the other coal and get through it.
Can you get Kimmel's rice locally? Their coal tends to have a little higher volatile content, and it holds a fire really well in the summer.