Massachusetts residents check in here!

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: mr1precision On: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:03 pm

Gekko wrote:Hi Folks!

My name is Scott, I live in Southwick.

I'm a corporate aircraft mechanic by trade.

I just installed a Harman MKII and fired it up this evening.

I started another thread on it so I'll post pictures there.

Works like a charm.

Cheers,
Scott

Hey scott! Welcome to the forum!
mr1precision
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson AA-130

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: dondono63 On: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:59 pm

Hi folks,

I'm Don from Plymouth. Yesterday fired up my new Hitzer 983. I'm totally new to burning coal yet was able to build a coal fire on the first attemp basically using guidance from ashcat473's terrific youtube video on starting a coal fire in a 983. It's about 45 degrees outside today and inside my Cape it's 77 with some windows open and the draft throttled back 100%. Proabably needed to wait another couple of weeks before lighting a fire but what the heck.

Also, burning Blashak from Morrisons. I'll post a few pics of my set up.

Don
dondono63
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 983

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:16 am

By: ray in ma On: Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:09 pm

Hey is Doug still running the Barnstable stove shop? Haven't seen him is years


Yep, Still there. Just a hop and skip down the road, sorta...

http://www.barnstablestove.com/html/aboutus.htm
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove


Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Syabri On: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:03 pm

Hi all,

Just found this forum and decided to join.

My two story colonial in central MA, purchased 20 years ago, came with an Alaska stoker II in the basement. The stove had with a hot air jacket that provided forced hot air to the above floors, a water heat coil that supplemented the electric water heater, an thermostat controller, and a back-up DC motor that could be used to replace the AC motor in the event of power outage. The set-up worked great but, for the past couple of years, I had to constantly tinker with the stove to keep it running. First to go was the built in blower fan on top of the coal bin, then the booster fan in the duct work went, and finally one of the two HVAC blowers for the hot air jacket died. On top of that I had to replace the feed motor after 18 years of reliable service but the replacement needed constant lubrication to keep it going. When I first moved into the house, I would start the first fire in the fall and the stove would burn all winter. For the past two years I had to restart the stove 1/2 dozen times per season. :x

So, I finally broke down and got a new Stoker II. So far I could not be happier but I no longer have DC back-up. The old stove would run for a week on on 12 volt battery but I no longer have that option. Attached are pics of the old and new stove. Any suggestions for back up power?
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska Stove Company
Stove/Furnace Model: Alaska Stoker II

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:19 pm

Syabri wrote:So, I finally broke down and got a new Stoker II. So far I could not be happier but I no longer have DC back-up. The old stove would run for a week on on 12 volt battery but I no longer have that option. Attached are pics of the old and new stove. Any suggestions for back up power?


First action is to accurately assess your actual wattage used by a Kill-a -watt power meter, do not use the manufacturer's stated consumption which is usually a larger (max) wattage at full rated hp that you likely do not do with fans attached. I'm kind of challenged to think that a 12V battery can supply power to a stove for a week unless its a couple watts @110V or 12V DC.

Then consider reading this as guideline based on hard data. You may be disappointed in the battery amp-hr you will need based on the math, its no special magic.

Testing of a LL Stoker on Battery Power- Assessment 1 of 2
Uglysquirrel
 
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Syabri On: Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:37 pm

The older stove depended upon one motor to feed coal and provide air to the burner. During an outage, I would swap out the AC powered mechanism with a DC powered feed/blower. The "swap out" only took a few minute and could be done in time to maintain the fire. My experience has been that a fully charged deep cycle 12 volt battery was enough to keep the fire fed and lit for 4 to 5 days. Since I did not have any power to the HVAC blowers or thermostat, I had to adjust the feeder manually and would set to it to run at slightly above a minimum burn level. This would prevent the duct work from overheating while providing enough natural convection through the duct work to maintain 2nd floor temps in the 62 - 64 degrees range. The battery when hooked back up to a charger after running the stove for 4 - 5 days was still at 40%.
Syabri
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska Stove Company
Stove/Furnace Model: Alaska Stoker II

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: dondono63 On: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:37 pm

Hi gang,
I ordered 3 pallets of Blaschak nut from Pellets-Direct today. $346.00 a pallet(2400 lbs) if you order 3 or more. Delivery to Plymouth is $79.00. Planned delivery is October.

Last year was my first using coal. I ran my Hitzer 983 from late Nov - April 7th pretty much non-stop. I can't say enough good things about the Hitzer and coal heat. Remember that storm Gov Patrick wouldn't let anyone drive? We lost power for 4 days and the nighttime temps dipped into the single digits. Forget about keeping warm with wood fireplaces with the wind howelling and bone chilling temps at night. I had elderly neighbors who tried and I ended up taking them in for a few days.

It's very settling to know you have enough coal on hand to get through the winter.

Don
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 983

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: mikloy On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:06 am

Hello everyone,
I'm Mike from plymouth. Just came a cross this forum today researching my chubby coal stove. We bought a house in March and luckily enough, they left the stove. Growing up my parents had a crane stove and I remember the heat that it used to put out!! I'd come home from school and it was my turn to shake down, and reload for the day! It was the alternative to the electric heat for the house.
Today as the colder weather is approaching, I cringe every time I hear my furnace kick in and wonder how much propane dollars are blowing through my air vents??
I just installed a barometric damper and and new gaskets on the doors. I will be replacing another section of pipe tomorrow and hope to get this fired up this week! I'm looking forward to burning coal this year!
mikloy
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Sr.
Coal Size/Type: nugget
Other Heating: propane forced hot air
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Sr.

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:02 am

Top of the mornin to ya Mike. Welcome to the "coal burner guy site" as my wife calls it. I just happen to be up early to go off fishing for a few days and Im happy to be able to be the first to welcome you. I dont know anything about your stove but I know there are many here who do. Im constantly reading posts from these guys who are quite proud of...
wait for it.... Their Chubby :woot:

A few words of introduction:

Waldo, actually knows very little,Jack actually.... Smitty ,hates moonbats ,loves booze. Richard S is the mayor and has many minions known as moderators,the newest of which is Rob R. who seems to have Valium in his veins as he never uses the mad guy :mad: Isayre is always asking you to ponder things that will give you brain cramps. Sting... is well ...obtuse (loves triangles)Samhill is everybodys favorite punching bag and the head moonbat(Im one of Sam's minions)RWalker does a lot of pushups and is the reason for the current amunition shortage. Its early and this is by no means a complete list, I know Im leaving out someone.... hmmm... tall guy.... oh!!!!! Freetown Fred, you never know with FF what your gonna get, he hates whiners or braggarts.. Seems to like Farm equipment and "critters" , always offers encouragement(piss him off and he'll encourage you to go *censored* yourself)Seems to be "Experienced" and otherwise enlightened. Kinda a countrified younger version of Andy Rooney, he was born a week before Mr.Rooney.

I know I left out many of the regulars(the fish are calling) but I feel Ive given you a fair heads up on who you may encounter early on...Again welcome

Waldo

Oh I almost forgot ,We always get together at Freddys' place on the weekend for coffee and some sort of treat . Stop in and introduce yourself, so long as theres any treats left no one will bite ya....
waldo lemieux
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:50 am

mikloy wrote:Hello everyone,
I'm Mike from plymouth. Just came a cross this forum today researching my chubby coal stove. We bought a house in March and luckily enough, they left the stove. Growing up my parents had a crane stove and I remember the heat that it used to put out!! I'd come home from school and it was my turn to shake down, and reload for the day! It was the alternative to the electric heat for the house.
Today as the colder weather is approaching, I cringe every time I hear my furnace kick in and wonder how much propane dollars are blowing through my air vents??
I just installed a barometric damper and and new gaskets on the doors. I will be replacing another section of pipe tomorrow and hope to get this fired up this week! I'm looking forward to burning coal this year!


Welcome Mike... Our good friend Waldo left me out of the list :doh: Im from Doug from Duxbury (the person who built that ole' Crane stove you used to burn as a kid ;) ), also... It might be comforting knowing that Chubby stoves is right down the street in Pembroke and the owner (the owner is also a member of the forum here "Ltra" is his forum name and this link is worth a read The Chubby Stove, Larry Trainer – My good friends.. ;) Glad to have another MA guy on board!
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:04 am

MIke

WELCOME to NEPA and Welcome to the "Chubby Cult"! If you need any help with your Chubby drop me message. Happy to help!

Also I am happy to announce that I will beta testing a brand new 2014 Chubby for Larry in the next week or so. I am looking forward to giving this new unit a complete work out. I can't believe I am saying this but I hope we have a BRUTAL COLD MASSACHUSETTS WINTER. That way I can give a true and accurate account come Spring of how the new 2014 Chubby's perform.

If anyone is interested I will start a thread here on NEPA with my observations on this new stove.

Again Mike.. WELCOME and don't be shy if you have questions. ASK and you will get answers!

Ciao!
mark
ONEDOLLAR
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford #2 Base Heater
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:23 am

Welcome to the FORUM ml. Just remember, the only stupid questions are the one's we don't ask:)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:46 am

Welcome Syabri,dondono, and Mikloy, phew,,say that 3 times fast! anyway jump in and hold on and bring the big boy (or girl) pants. We need all of yah and all of yah to be safe and warm!
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: SteveZee On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:17 pm

Ayup, from your Northern neighbor.
SteveZee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: mikloy On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:53 pm

Hey everyone!
Fired up my Coal Chubby sr. last night and, well, it was a long night. Set the CO2 alarms off a couple times. Wife and kids were not to excited.
I followed the video's recomendations as well as reading what others have done with chubby's. I'm not a stranger to coal burning as we had a crane 44 growing up. I just couldn't maintain a steady temp that would burn hot enough to keep the gasses going out the flu! new to me was the idea of keeping the manual damper closed. We never had a MD growing up, just relied on the baro.

Any feedback, suggestions, wisecracks? All are welcome! Thanks! :?
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Sr.
Coal Size/Type: nugget
Other Heating: propane forced hot air
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Sr.