About: A Look at the Harman Mark II Coal Stove
Love your vid’s pocket
I love this stove, that's exactly how I would use it too. I leave my damper open all the time, I use the vents to control airflow and I've been burning wood since I owned a home. If I use a damper the creosote accumulates and I have to clean the chimney more. If I leave it open and burn it hot I think its safer. The chimney never gets an accumulation of creosote. When I clean it in the spring there's only a tiny amount of dust. Yeah the window is probably dickered, maybe a vinegar soak then try cleaning it but I wouldn't, too much work. Right on about oak - That stuff burns hot and leaves great coals. I burn it overnight or when I go to work. When I'm home I burn all the other trash I have. You mentioned maple, I use it as kindling, not because its the best or hottest or easiest to light, but the smoke from starting a fire inevitably gets in the room and maple smoke is pleasant.
I’m a blacksmith. That fire brick is to protect your stove and make sure the heat is where you want it. Built several different forges and ovens with fire brick if the brick goes bad and there is a constant heating and cooling of the sides of the stove it will wear out faster. The fire brick helps it cool of slower which is better for it. If you don’t want to deal with fire brick Kale wool can be an alternative. It’s a little bit easier to work with.
pocket aka the modest immortal who took the jack of all trades feat
Heat reactive epoxy to hold the fire rope seal on? Absolute madman. thumbs up
use coal and wood in the fire it burned hottest i think
Anthracite burns hotter longer. Less maintenance than wood and no creosote. That stove was built to burn anthracite.
Anthracite is king
If you want a cheap fire starter, use google to find the online contacts for local churches and ask if they have any candle stubs. Doesn't usually work for the bigger candles as they cost more, but there are usually cheap ones being used at some event or another. Some churches also do candle-lit services around holidays, and just throw out pounds and pounds of quarter-burnt cheap paraffin candles after every Christmas. They buy in bulk and most find it's cheaper to throw them out as they cost pennies to the candle, and new ones get more donations. Probably works for most other places of worship as well.
You can remelt the wax with a cheap double boiler for crafts, or pour it over dryer lint or balled up paper if you want to light a fire in a storm or want something for a camping kit, but you really don't need to most of the time.
Looks like a well made stove. I've had a few and now use a Morsø, great stove but cheaper ones are just as good, though perhaps not a durable long term. The glass fronts always get etched if you burn coal, just keep on top of the soot build up. If its not cracked there's no need to replace unless the cosmetics bother you.
If the glass is smooth on the inside use a razor blade scraper that will clean it right up.
try vinegar on the glass, should give an acid/base reaction with the gunk and loosen things a bit. Also highly recommend one of the heat powered fans, really helps to heat a room.
That boiler with piping sounds like systems that were used around here only for cooling rather than heating. I did a variety of projects where we modernized their systems and was kind of amazed at how the old systems worked. This older systems were basically rooms filled with chillers, they would freeze vast amounts of water and then pump air through the ice during the day to cool the classrooms. It wasn't exactly energy efficient but they were making use of the night time, when energy was billed at cheaper rates, to lower their energy costs. I've actually heard these type of systems are making a comeback with more efficient versions but I've not seen one locally as of yet.
The fire brick is so the coals will not burn out the steel. I'm not familiar with coal stoves,but have been burning wood stoves forover 35 years. Wood stoves come with fire brick in the lower part of the fire boxes .
Triple wall chimney is a creosote maker,( it super cools the smoke and creosote condense on the pipe, where the insulated pipe keeps it warm and it doesn't do that ), but cheaper than insulated chimney . I am still burning my original metalbestas chimney. I have replaced the flue pipes several times and that is about the only thing that needs cleaned when I brush out my chimney.
My insulated chimney pipe cost, about the same price as my Temp Wood ,wood stoves . I have one in the house and one in my 24 x 24 garage, both are the same size.
Be safe, but stay warm :- )
That's why he hasn't uploaded for so long all his videos are on pocket8(squared)
I have a wood burning insert that runs 24 hours a day during winter. It's lined completely with firebrick and the stove can easily get over 600 degrees if I don't throttle the air intake. The brick saves the melt down from high heat for extended periods. It also makes it easy to restart a new fire after ash clean out. Wood stoves are the greatest and I find free firewood without even trying.
Fire bricks hold the heat in the fire.. more heat held back in the fire will give more heat in the room. ..you can slow down the burn time by adding secondary air to the top of fire. Then by closing the primary air at the bottom of the stove will then relight unburnt gasses before they go up the flue..this will give you twice the heat, plus if you do this your wood will last longer and give you dancing flames. ..WOOD BURNS FROM THE TOP.. COAL BURNS FROM THE BOTTOM: Also the glass in the door will stay clean: I hope this helps.
I use this to clean the glass on my Harman. seems to work pretty well https://www.amazon.com/Rutland-Products-Hearth-Conditioning-Cleaner/dp/B00120NMNY/ref=asc_df_B00120NMNY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167134408017&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=288486972682239213&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9006603&hvtargid=pla-304411942220&psc=1
I could be wrong but I believe that's a mark I stove not a mark II. Not a big deal. I have a hard time burning wood in my Mark II. Wood only last's about 3 hrs. Usually I can leave a coal fire for at least 12 hrs.
I'm perpetually blown away by the ability of barkeepers friend to clean surfaces that no amount of chemicals or scouring seem to clean. I wonder how well it would work on this.