Please post a picture of your full load.Just a quick follow up, after a couple of loads I’m still learning, but my burn times are getting better, pic below is what was left at 12hrs yesterday, cat just below active. Was up on the cat and shut down within 10-15min after a reload of mixed softwood. I’m still baffled at how to get a 24hr burn!! Need to modify my damper, as even with it shut all the way I still draft at .10” I will say it is heating the house nice, much more even temps between upstairs and downstairs as compared to the summit.
Yes I added the washers after reading it on here and checking my alignment it was also lopsided. I’ve been obsessing over my door since rebuilding it,I think it’s really good, I don’t see any signs of leaking.Did you add those washers on the hinge pins under the door frame? I added them to mine but they weren't on there from the factory in 2012. It helped the gasket line up with the stove front better.
Your firebox looks like mine after being stirred and about 18 hours burning on low with straight doug fir. With an ashier wood like red alder that coaling stage lasts much longer. My chimney is only 12' tall so my draft strength is surely lower.
Normally, that many coals will be enough to keep the cat meter well into the active range. When your stove is stone cold, does the cat meter point to the bottom mark of the inactive range? I'm worried that your meter might be under reporting.
Hey SS, check out this post I made earlier about a grate to cover the ash plug hole in a BK Ashford. It makes cleaning ash out of the stove without losing your coals a breeze. I just cut every second bar out of the grate using a cutoff tool, takes 30 seconds, to get a reasonable grate spacing that will allow ash to fall thru. It’s definitely worth a try, if you’re cleaning out frequently.When you burn heavily coaling wood like oak, locust or hickory- too much ash becomes an issue. The coals sink in and cool off. They are smothered. I shovel out partially about every 3-4 days with a full clean out every 2 weeks or when weatherand burn cycle allow.
I came from owning several Jotuls with a grate floor to the BK’s with their ash plug system, and I wasn’t really a fan of it at first. In fact, I’m still not. You lose too many coals down the hole, while trying to plow ash into it. But I have a solution.
I bought a 3-7/8" diameter cast iron floor drain grate (https://www.mcmaster.com/2413K1), removed every second bar from that with my die grinder, and now I just drop that into the hole when it’s time to plow ash. I’m able to rake the ash and coals across this grate, allowing the ash to fall into the pan while keeping my coals in the stove. It works brilliantly.
When done, simply use the plug lifter tool that comes with your stove to lift the hot little floor drain grate out, and set it on your hearth to cool while re-installing the plug.
If BK wants to start selling these, or supplying a similar thing with their stoves, it would go a long way toward helping the users with this chore. I’d only expect a $1 royalty for each unit sold. [emoji14]