keeping down the black soot

keeping down the black soot

PostBy: friendsville BoB On: Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:25 pm

Hey Guys another season is almost here.I have a mark 3 down in my finished basement, gives great heat,and I love it but..... The black soot build up down there after a burning season takes about two days to clean up.We also get some upstairs as we have thru the floor vents to spread the warmth.Any new ideas for keeping it cleaner this year thanks Bob
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Re: keeping down the black soot

PostBy: rberq On: Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:43 pm

We get plenty of gray dust, but no black soot. Are you handling the unburnt coal in the finished cellar? For example, pouring from bags into another container raises a cloud of almost invisible black dust. Shine a flashlight beam on it and it is very apparent. I do the pouring in the garage, wearing a dust mask.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: keeping down the black soot

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:47 pm

Do a search on here, been talked about many times, a lot you can do ...
Keep the coal oiled or dampened, watch when you load the coal, that;s where a lot of the dust comes from. Put a filter on your convection blower, etc...

Make sure it's HARD Anthracite you are burning, the softer coal could be have more soot, but that should be going up your chimney.
More info:

OHHH THE DUST!!!!!
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Re: keeping down the black soot

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:47 pm

My first season I had wet bags to the point of yellowish crub seeping out but no black dust, second season after using all the previous supply the new coal was bone dry. I`m gonna try running the shop vac & not cutting the bags until they are in the bin then slice the bottom & slowly pull it out. What a difference a little moisture makes, just have to find a happy medium.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
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Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

Re: keeping down the black soot

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:37 pm

samhill wrote:My first season I had wet bags to the point of yellowish crub seeping out but no black dust, second season after using all the previous supply the new coal was bone dry. I`m gonna try running the shop vac & not cutting the bags until they are in the bin then slice the bottom & slowly pull it out. What a difference a little moisture makes, just have to find a happy medium.

Just make sure you have a drywall filter in your shopvac. That'll also work great on ash. :idea:
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
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Re: keeping down the black soot

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:46 pm

Hi Bob, I have a mark III. I shake the ashes with the ash door closed. it helps keep the dust down.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harmon Mark III
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Re: keeping down the black soot

PostBy: friendsville BoB On: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:08 pm

Thanks all for the advice.I will be more aware when I cut and pour my bagged coal,and that grey dust well thats life.. Running me $260 a ton delivered this year,how about you..I have to get it from up in candor NY nobody near me in North east Pa. sells it
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