Hey guys, My name is Al and obviously new to the site. I realized as soon as I had registered here that I dropped the ball on my user name and should have made it Cigar_Stoke as apposed to Cigar_Smoke but what's done is done so on to the reason for my joining this great forum. My brother has bought an old nursing home in rural central Illinois and seeing as I have a background in HVAC and maintaining mechanical system I am tasked with among other things figuring out the best, essayist, cheapest way to heat the place, design, build and install the system and have it working by the start of the 09/10 heating season. He wants to use wood as do I but I am also trying to convince him that coal would be a great tool to add to the heating arsenal. The building is about 20,000 sq/ft but he only plans on heating about 7,000 to 8,000 sq/ft at this time.
I am currently what is termed an operating engineer, basically a stationary engineer that work on and maintains the equipment that we operate, boilers, air compressor, chillers, hvac equipment etc. The boilers that I currently fire are Cleaver Brooks Natural gas fire tube boilers. One 200 hp and one 400 hp. So naturally I have always wanted to fire a coal powered boiler and I think I see my chance to do so now
I am open to all conversation relating to this and looking for advise on what the best boiler for the job will be. I have not yet but plan to check with the Elkart Mine, not to far south of us to see what coal they have available and what the price per ton would be. If any one know please fill me in. Also wondering if there is any used equipment available in this area that could be had for a good price and how to go about finding such a thing. All help is welcome and appreciated. Thanks, Al