still burning

Re: still burning

PostBy: 009to090 On: Fri May 15, 2009 9:50 pm

I had to shut down 1 month ago. The DVC500 just does not idle lower than 7000BTU's an hour. Thats too much heat when the days are 60 and the nights are 40. Had to start the oil burner twice since then :cry2: :cry2: :cry2:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: still burning

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat May 16, 2009 8:44 am

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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: still burning

PostBy: the snowman On: Wed May 20, 2009 9:08 am

The next couple of days are suppose to be pretty warm. It should be interesting since the last time the weather was suppose to be warm; it was cold. I had to break down and mow the lawn for the very first time this season. I already miss blowing snow. I still have the heat on in the shop; it is tough to make furniture for customers when your paws are cold and unable to hold simple tools. I will burn the stove in the shop during the summer now and then just to burn up the small pieces of scrap wood I accumulate. I plan on letting the coal stove go out in a week or two. This is the longest I have had to have the stove burning. I am planning on having to start the stove earlier than last season. I figure I will have almost three months without burning and then back to the shake fill routine of burning coal. I'm not complaining, I like burning coal. It is nice to see that I have fellow coal burners still burning. I don't feel so alone anymore.

The snowman.
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Re: still burning

PostBy: pret On: Wed May 20, 2009 12:52 pm

I'll be heating through the summer... for DHW. I'll have a better idea what is less expensive when the fall comes, electric water heater or the coal I'll burn.
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Re: still burning

PostBy: kootch88 On: Wed May 20, 2009 12:55 pm

I shut down my stove April 1st, cleaned it out and found out why I was having heat problems. There was so much fly ash under the feeder plate the fan could hardly get any air to the coal. Lesson learned, claen from time to time. Even when the temps get down to the high 20's this time of year my house heats up pretty well from the sun in the windows during the day.
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Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Lehigh

Re: still burning

PostBy: danzig On: Wed May 20, 2009 3:19 pm

still burning here too!. if it gets real warm 70's I am done
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Stove/Furnace Make: logwood ycob36 boiler
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Re: still burning

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed May 20, 2009 6:16 pm

Got up to 78* here! :dancing: :up: Had the bike out for the first time today ...... until the state ruined my day -- don't want to talk about that here! (see off-topic section) :mad:

Been on oil since 1st week of March. I underestimated my coal usage big-time after upgrading from a Mark I to a Mark III. Oil fill-up was $458 instead of $900 -- was minutes away from being completely dry.

I don't envy you guys farther north. We already have brussels sprouts, corn, squash, cukes, etc., in the ground & growin' ! But the lawn tractor has already made 2 runs ( P.I.T.A :roll: ), & the bugs are out in MEGA-FORCE! :wacko:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: still burning

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Thu May 21, 2009 7:50 am

I completed the installation of my little Kaa2 just in time to try a few hundred pounds of rice coal,adjust it for the conditions, and then mothball it for the summer. I have mowed the lawn at least 4 times already and the garden is mostly in and started thru.I have some sort of toy withdrawl becasue I just have to go over and look at that boiler again and then again.It seems that I have to check the pressure on the guage and run my hand over the 1 1/4 piping to make sure the check valve from the domestic oil is holding tight. Ya,I miss it already and I have yet to see blossoms on the tomatoes.Goin to be a long hot summer. Maybe a trip to the Breaker in the near future would help me thru this separation anxiety. Mike
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
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Re: still burning

PostBy: sterling40man On: Thu May 21, 2009 8:17 am

stovepipemike wrote:I have mowed the lawn at least 4 times already


:eek2: I've only mowed mine 1 time! Still in the upper 50's here! Suppose to be in the lower 80's today and back down to the upper 50's tommorow. :wtf:


stovepipemike wrote:Goin to be a long hot summer.


God I hope so! It sure was a long cold winter!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: still burning

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Thu May 21, 2009 9:43 am

Shut the Hitzer 503 down yesterday.
The 'rents are off on a trip and the guests are oilers!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: still burning

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu May 21, 2009 5:21 pm

I let mine burn out today.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: still burning

PostBy: Gnikhog On: Thu May 21, 2009 7:16 pm

Yup, I loaded the stove for the last time yesterday morning (stack temp still at 160 dgr some 36 hrs later). Warm summer-like temps during the day has forced the issue this week. I had been shaking/loading the stove every 24 or 36 hrs for the last month burning only 10-15 lbs a day – not too shabby for a hand-fired stove. I’m always amazed at just how low I can idle my 27 year old Crane. Of course if we do get a couple of really cold days in a row, I can always burn a little wood in the stove to take the chill off.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Crane
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Re: still burning

PostBy: 009to090 On: Tue May 26, 2009 7:30 pm

I wish I was still burning. 50 degrees and rainy all day today. Had to kick the oil burner. :down:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: still burning

PostBy: cokehead On: Tue May 26, 2009 11:15 pm

One of the advantages of a hand fired is you can fire it up any old time with or without coal and it isn't a big deal.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Locke, Godin, Tarm in da works
Stove/Furnace Model: Warm Morning 617-A, 3721, 502

Re: still burning

PostBy: the snowman On: Tue May 26, 2009 11:18 pm

I planted the garden and even made the wife happy and planted her flowers. Last night I was working late in the shop and when I decided to call it quits for the night the outside temp was 35 degrees. I was going to let the stove go out until I saw the temp. Good thing I loaded the stove last night. we had a HEAVY FROST! The temp at 5 a.m. was 29 degrees. Where the heck is spring? Good thing I covered everything outside. I have not had to mow the lawn more than once. I had a daytime high of only 56 and that was for a very short time. I can't believe it is the last week of May and I am still burning coal. Temps are suppose to remain cool this week so I Plan on burning at least for the remainder of this week. I Hope to be done burning after that. I Hope. I have not shut down the stove yet this season. The Jotul is idling at 300 degrees. We are suppose to get rain tomorrow, however, it is suppose to be cool as well. If I were heating with oil I would have had to rob a bank by now. I thought I was going to have a quarter to a half ton of coal left over for the season, but not anymore. I now have about ten days of burning left and then i'll be out of coal unless I idle the stove back even further. I want to install my second Jotul, howevever, a hand fired stove can not be power vented. That is too bad because where I want to install the second stove would work best if I could power vent it. I'm glad to see that we still have some members burning coal. I don't feel so alone. I can't wait for winter to return.

the snowman.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

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