How long does it take...

How long does it take...

PostBy: stonyloam On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:03 pm

To feed your stove and how often do you do it? Since I have been reading this forum I have become much more, shall we say attuned to my stoves performance. Not quite obsessive, :shock: but could get there. Anyway I wanted to see exactly how much time it took to take care of the old VC gen. I. So I got out the stopwatch and timed myself:

To dump ash, shake & slice, get coal from the garage, refill and clean up:
4 min. 52 sec. (ave.).
If the coal scuttle is full, subtract 30 sec., if I have to open a new bag, add 1 min.
Do it 3 times a day, 8 AM, 5 PM, 11 PM. (if it is cold).

Time well spent! :D
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Stove/Furnace Make: vermont casting
Stove/Furnace Model: vigilant

Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:09 pm

It takes me all afternoon.... but I only do it once a year! (big bin, auger fed boiler)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
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Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: Paulie On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:29 pm

My stove is small for the space, so basically, running full grate most of the time. I empty ash and refill hopper twice a day.
When I wake up, and before bed. I could go once a day, but I would have no room for error. This way if I am late at either end
it is not a big deal. Of course now I want more....bigger hopper, bigger ash bin, more heat. I would like to set up a boiler,
with an auger fed hopper, and an ash bin the size of Texas. :D
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Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

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Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:35 pm

Ten minutes max but most of that time is waiting around while the stove comes back to a full burn - never mess with a fire unless it is a strong one. I have a timer that I wear around my neck so I don't forget what I'm doing. Actually emptying the ash tray and reloading the coal is under 3 minutes. Lisa
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: Devil505 On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:49 pm

I'm usually home so I might throw a few hand shovels of coal on a couple of times a day & then shake it down once a day. Throwing a shovel full on takes maybe 10 seconds & the shakedown is usually 15-20 minutes. (In January figure doubling that amount of time)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: rewinder On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:39 pm

Hey Stonyloam, that's about right for tending my 2 VC units. My coal is on a big container next to each stove, and ash bin is within 20 ft, so usually it takes less than 4 min to complete a charge up. Then I have to bring in bags to fill the house cantainerswhen needed.

I usually don't have to rev up the fire and close the thermostatic flapper when it recovers, unless it's real cold out and I have to bring up the room temp quickly. If it's around 30 or above, If don't fool with the flapper, the stove will recover on it's own more slowly, but when near zero, I'll goose it up quickly , then set the thermo back down.

Hey have you tried the door to front grate mod yet? It really improves the rev up time and you can run it at a lower temp with out fear of losing the fire, for long intervals. It makes it like a whole new stove.

paul
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Stove/Furnace Make: VT Castings--early models
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Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: stonyloam On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:02 pm

rewinder wrote:Hey have you tried the door to front grate mod yet? It really improves the rev up time and you can run it at a lower temp with out fear of losing the fire, for long intervals. It makes it like a whole new stove.

paul


Paul: Yes I have! put gasket material on the doors, AND cemented a strip all the way across the lip on the bottom of the front grate. With the doors closed the two gaskets mate with each other making a near perfect seal. VAST improvement. The stove is running 75F higher at the same thermostat settings. :D
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Stove/Furnace Make: vermont casting
Stove/Furnace Model: vigilant

Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:57 pm

Shake down takes about 1 min. twice per day
Fill the hopper, about 30 sec. twice per day
Bring in two skuddles of coal per day, 3 min.
Empty ashes about twice every 3 days, about 2 min.
Empty big ash storrage pan about once every 6 days, about 3min.
Fill coal bin once per year, about 40 minutes of watching conveyor while having coffee with truck driver.

Now let me tell you about heating with wood... :bang:
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
Coal Size/Type: pea and nut/ anthracite
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Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: oliver power On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:47 pm

Actual time for me is probably 2 or 3 minutes. I tell everyone about 5 minutes. Never actually timed myself. Tell you what; It's almost tending time. I'll stop my reply, go to basement , and tend stove as always. This time I'll time myself. It took 2 minutes to tend my stove. I also have coal, and ashbox near stove. Makes for quick tending times.
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Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: rockwood On: Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:04 pm

Freddy wrote:It takes me all afternoon.... but I only do it once a year! (big bin, auger fed boiler)

Hey Freddy, do you have an auto ash removal system? Just curious, can't remember if you ever posted about it.
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Re: How long does it take...

PostBy: Joe in NH On: Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:27 am

I tend my Harman SF260 boiler twice a day. The morning routine does not include dumping the ash pan (done in the evening) during "liven up the fire" so this does not add any time to the procedure. In the morning, shake is probably about a minute. Clean out door open to liven up fire - a minute or two. Work down ashes through the loading door - another minute. Load firebox, deep in back but keeping red coals near surface in front (flames to burn off gases) - probably two minutes. Make sure that draft flap and loading door draft spinners are open - go make coffee and start breakfast (10 minutes). Back to check progress and load front of firebox - another minute. Have breakfast and get ready for the day. Final check of fire and close draft spinners - 30 seconds. The evening routine is pretty much the same. The daily routine does not seem to involve much time. It is the weekly hauling of coal bags into the basement and the bi-weekly emptying of the ash cans where the time can add up. Joe
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