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Slowing down the coal burn

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by nrmahoney@cox.net, Jan 11, 2006.

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  1. nrmahoney@cox.net

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    I have, (in a concrete block 16X16 shed ) a pot belly stove. This stove, while lined with firebrick, does not have a provision for gasketing around the doors. As a result of no gasketing, it is difficult to slow down the burn rate of the coal.
    I have closed the dampers and the manual draft in the pipe, which helps allot, but i am looking for ideas about slowing even further.

    One thing I have heard, is to dust the surface of the burning coal with ash to impede the draft. Similarly I have heard of laying some pea coal on top of the nut that i am using.

    What about increasing the draft above the fire to divert some pressure from below?

    Any ideas..

    My Efel at home can be slowed down to a surface temp of between 200 and 350

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