Fired up in Maine

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:33 am

OK... You talked me into it...along with the 28* this morning & the forecast of 40's the whole next week. Fire in the hole! From ignition to a full temp in about an hour. No more paying the Arabs this year.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:55 am

I'm jealous. My husband still has the matches under lock and key. I've just about got him convinced to let me test fire the stove later this month but that will only be a "temporary fix" for my "addiction." People think I’m crazy because I'm actually looking forward to the drop in cold. :D I say bring it on!
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:29 pm

lowfog01 wrote:My husband still has the matches under lock and key


WHAT? That's grounds for divorce! Oh....wait....it's probably not. :) Maybe someone that held the fire all summer has an extra match & would mail it to you. ;)
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined


Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:20 pm

Freddy wrote:OK... You talked me into it...along with the 28* this morning & the forecast of 40's the whole next week. Fire in the hole! From ignition to a full temp in about an hour. No more paying the Arabs this year.


Good deal! 28* here this morning too. 46* right now. It also snowed for about 20 minutes here this morning and then turned to rain. Skies have cleared since then and veeeeery windy.
sterling40man
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: cbc6 On: Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:46 pm

I was away last week for work....the wife called me last tuesday nite and said she was gonna light it up and she wasnt kidding......it was going when i got home saturday afternoon it was still running and hasnt been shut down since.....btw chance of snow tonight
cbc6
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Hyfire II
Coal Size/Type: rice

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: rberq On: Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:54 pm

cbc6 wrote:chance of snow tonight

Living in Ellsworth, where do you buy coal? Bagged or loose? What's the price?
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: cbc6 On: Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:51 pm

I get my coal from Downeast Coal. Paid the same price that i did last year $325 per ton bagged. They also deliver it for free if over 2 ton for my area. here is their website http://www.downeastcoal.com/ they also have a forum,with a lot less users than this one, but they are a very knowledgeable bunch, and are very helpful. i could prolly get my coal cheaper elsewhere but its a loyalty thing, they have earned my respect and i will give them my business.
cbc6
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Hyfire II
Coal Size/Type: rice

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: rberq On: Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:01 pm

cbc6 wrote:I get my coal from Downeast Coal. Paid the same price that i did last year $325 per ton bagged. They also deliver it for free if over 2 ton for my area.i could prolly get my coal cheaper

Probably couldn't get it cheaper -- that's $5 more than I paid in the Augusta area, but the dealers here don't do free delivery. It was up by about $30 a ton this year compared to last.
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: sterling40man On: Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:23 am

rberq wrote:It was up by about $30 a ton this year compared to last.


Gee, it's down $30 from last year up my way.
sterling40man
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: morecoal On: Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:29 am

I am seeking some advise. I have a Franco Belge 10.1475 model and I used it one season last winter. I did not get around to cleaning the rear flues on the unit. Does this need to be done every year or could I get away with running it another season?
morecoal
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Franco belge
Stove/Furnace Model: 10-1475

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:08 pm

I'm burning.

Got back from my cross country drive last night to a cold and cranky wife.

Lit it up this morning.
ErikLaurence
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading Lehigh
Stove/Furnace Model: LL Hyfire II w/heat jacket

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:33 pm

Clean the Franco. It should be checked again after 30 days, then you'll have an idea if you need to clean it once a month or once every 6 months or a year. A lot depends on the coal you burn, the draft, how hot you run it. It's important to keep it cleaned and just as, or more important, to have a CO alarm.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: James Goodine On: Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:35 am

Fired mine up last thursday 10/8 was a little depressing seemed too early two weeks early compared to last year. With the temps being what they are this week more than happy to have it pumping the heat.
James Goodine
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: Cold_Mainer On: Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:22 pm

Fire in the hole today at 2:00 PM. Finished cleaning out the stove pipe today. I wanted to make sure I got that elbow where it goes into the chimney real good so I used an 1 /14" small shop vac hose to reach all the way in thru the damper. Worked good.....not much ash at all..

Burning Blaschak in 40 lb bags..........feels good........
Cold_Mainer
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Pocono BV 90,000 BTU
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Fired up in Maine

PostBy: cbc6 On: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:26 pm

shut mine down last night when the temps got above 50 outside......getting ready to start it back up though, as soon as the sun goes down
cbc6
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Hyfire II
Coal Size/Type: rice