yeah i know "stop yellin"
OK, but i just had an unsettling experience that could be avoidable by others if known to be watched for.
i've been running the coal down out of my hopper to be able to remove it for pics of the new baffle plate arrangement, but i forgot about the pics when i shook it down this evening.
so i went ahead and built a ring of fresh coal around the bottom of the hopper so that it would get burning and would be a containment for when i put more coal in the hopper. all good, it was burning the stove all closed up and i got busy doing a few other things, until..................
i could suddenly smell HOT STOVE, went over and the stove top is reading 500*
well i had been running at dial setting 1.75 and 300 degrees for over 24 hrs so what is going on ?
from what i can peace together only one thing changed, a complete open top to the fire bed, no blanketing stack of coal over the center and it was BREATHING because of the decrease in the resistance to draft and the fact that the dial was still set to provide heat in "less favorable" condition.
i was here to catch this this time, but others may want to make sure that if you are going to let the fire bed go "topless" you should probably turn the bi metal down in anticipation of it.