LsFarm wrote:Welcome, Cigar Smoker..
First, what type of heating system does the place have now?? Hot water? Steam?? Hot air??
Berlin wrote:congratulations, you are near some of the best bituminous stoker coal in the world (southern illinois/kentucky stoker). you'll probably want to go with a stoker fired boiler; wil-burt is one of the few stoker mfg's left:
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contact them for more detailed information or what kind of setup they reccomend. I would highly suggest using an underfed coal stoker over any kind of wood heating plant; transporting wood chips any distance is not cost effective because of the low btu density, heating with cordwood or logs is fine if you don't mind the work to supply all those btu's and the low efficiency and contstant attention that is characteristic of batch-fed appliances. with an underfed stoker it's a 24/7 heat source requiring only periodic ash removal, and if not a bin-fed stoker, you'll need to fill the hopper every few days/week; no cutting/stacking/storing large amounts of wood, no creosote, virtually smoke-free operation and very inexpensive heat.
Putt wrote:1. Is this place out in the country??
2. If it is going to be used for "commercial use", you may want to check
the EPA rules in regards to stack emissions... Anth. would not probably be a problem,
but Bit. might raise a stink, so to speak...
Oh, and there are a LOT of Bit stokers in use..
Of course most of them are in commercial power plants..
Our company used what was a huge steel/iron conveyor belt that moved the coal
from the coal hoppers to the opposite side of the boilers where the belt doubled
back on itself and dumped the ash into a pit for disposal..
Berlin wrote:"So you think that even though the local coal is soft there may still be a chance that it will be burnable in a stoker?"
by far most "stokers" in this country and in the world use "soft" coal, not anthracite.
unless your firing a couple million btu's/hour there are really no environmental laws to worry about, some states differ, but illinois is more relaxed than many.
as far as supplimenting with cordwood, i'm not sure why someone would do that, sure, you may get your wood free, but with all the work that's involved, the extremely low cost of bituminous coal and most importantly the lack of any way to effectively setup a system that would efficiently burn both cord wood and coal heating 5000+ sqft, I would reccoment highly against it. if you want to use wood in some wood-stoves etc. throughout the shop for whatever reason occasionally, then by all means do it, if you want a system that's designed to be a constant, proper, permanant heat source, then a coal stoker fired boiler is really the only way to go. i'm not sure you realize this, but when coal can be had in your area for around $60/ton, why would you want to suppliment with wood? if you paid someone minimum wage, by the time they finished cutting, splitting and stacking the amount of wood that would equal the btu's in a ton of coal it would be MORE than the cost of the coal, so unless this guy likes to waste much time when he's home at night cutting/splitting wood himself it is really not likely to save him money over coal.
Sting wrote:One boiler horsepower equals 33,480 Btu/hr output in steam.
I still have an (almost) complete Iron fireman under boiler stoker with under bin feed system for a million BTU in boiler
I am Interested in offers and only 6 hours away!