Anyone still burning coal this season? I am, I was hoping to be shut down by now, however, with lows in the mid to high twenties at night and daytime highs in the high thirties to low forties I am forced to keep the stove burning. It has been snowing on and off all day today. I like burning coal this time of year. I am able to keep the Jotul at an idle and I am getting some good burn times. As it looks right now, I'll be burning the Jotul until at least mid next month and will fire it back up the third week of Sept. Not a lot of down time for the stove. Just wondering how many of us coal burners are still playing with fire.
Yep, me too. Just got home tofind both stoves running at 150 with no glow showing no matter how hard I look. I'm just loading once a day and not doing a vigorous shake and slice to keep the fire sommewhat ash bound. It helps to keep the temps down. I bring in 2 bags every 31/2 to 4 days lately. But, it's supposed to be in the 80's this weekend. One stove has been running . one stove has been running since 10/20/08, tho other went out twice when I forgot to load it. Been a long heating season!
Well, I'm about 90-100 miles south of you, Snowman, and the forecast here is for 70's tomorrow (Fri) and 80's Saturday with night time temps in the high 40's or low 50's. I'm planning to add coal tonight, then just let it burn itself out. Until now, the nights have been too chilly to shut down. We're probably a couple weeks ahead of you with daily high temps.
I throttled the stove back to its lowest point so far. I had to be gone all day today, so I didn't want it to go out. It was still going nicely when I returned. It was a good day. Looked at some nice reclaimed hard wood and had to purchase most of it. I can't wait to get the wood sorted. It will make some nice furniture. Wife already claimed some black walnut to be made into something for her. It would be nice if she was one of my paying customers. I wish she got that excited every time I bring home a ton of coal. In two weeks I'll start purchasing coal for next season. I plan on stretching it out over the summer provided the price doesn't start to rise. It seems that everyone south of my location is a lot further ahead of our season up here. I still have snow on my lawn and everywhere else. Tomorrow we are suppose to hit seventy; I'll believe that when I see it. I will keep the stove burning anyway; I have an old cold farm house, so the stove at an idle keeps the house just right. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one still burning coal. Paperboy, your probably at least two to three weeks ahead of me in the season. Have you mowed your lawn yet? I can still blow snow on mine. we had a very hard frost this a.m. Even the standing water had a thin layer of ice on it. I had a temp of 25F this a.m. We had snow just a couple of days ago. Winter just doesn't want to let go this year. I'm not complaining; I love winter and the snow. I hope next season I get three times as much snow as this season. It would be nice to get snow by the third week of Sept. This year the snow came the first week of Oct and has not completely left yet. I'm hoping for a record next year. My wife said I will not be happy until I burn the stove for twelve months straight. She is probably right.
Well I was going to shut mine down at the end of the month. I got careless and let the coal get too low. I was having dinner tonight and I heard the frickin oil furace kick in. Man I hate that sound! It's supoosed to be nice for the next week anyway. Sooooo, looks I'm done for this season.
Was 72 at 6pm and after coming in from checking out the cleanup, I went atuomatically to the stoves and was about to check them for the night. My wife said "are serious, it's going to be in the 80's this weekend". I hope i can overcome my urge to keep em simmering. I still have 10 bags in the barn. looking over at one stove now, there's no trace of glow showing and the temps still at 150. man I hate to let them die out!
guess I'll have to pull the grates and use wood evenings when it's chilly.
Ok, it has been a little while since I started this thread and I thought I would just see if anyone is still burning coal. I thought I would be shut down by now, however, I am still burning the Jotul around the clock. It has been down to twenty eight these past few nights and it is still in the very low forties at night most of the time as well. I haven't had any real good days where the temps were very high. Yesterday we only had a high of fifty one and that did not last long. We are scheduled to get more frost over the next few days before it is suppose to start getting warm. Almost had to get the snowmobile out and ride on the frost. At this rate it will be Sept. and I will still be burning the stove. Could happen.
The 'rents Hitzer 503 is still going strong! Insulated SS liner gets the job done! Very controllable burn still. Keeps the chill and dampness off the rooms. Now we know it will burn early in the season also!
Mine will be running all summer for domestic hot water and maybe the pool. The propane guy will get nothing from me now. I have a 1000 gallon tank that is topped off now, and the only thing that burns gas is the cook top, so if I figure correctly, I have about 5,000 hours of cooking to do before that bastard has to show up again. I might use the cook top 10 minutes a day, so that works out to roughly an hour a week, we will say 60 hours a year, so in about 85 years from now someone will have to call the propane guy to come fill the tank
PS- Steve, is your unit at your house or your shop?