Massachusetts residents check in here!

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:09 pm

I suspect you closed the MPD before the "Dancing Blue Ladies" had done the bulk of their show and the coal in the bottom of the pot wasn't fully ignited. So there wan't enough heat to sustain proper draft. Air temp could have played a part too as it was still kind of warm at least around these parts until after midnight.

As a result with the MPD closed those fumes got backed up a bit.

Give Larry a call. He will be happy to help you. If you need his number drop me a PM. I am happy to give you a call too if you think that would help.

PS Your sure the chimney isn't blocked by an obstruction? Just tossing out ideas. Each stove has it's own "quirks" as does each stove location.
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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: DePippo79 On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:53 pm

Maybe some more information about your chimney. Building material, interior/exterior, height, surrounding landscaping? Is your MPD the kind with the holes in the middle or solid? Don't think this matters to much. I don't think any of them completely seal off the flue. I usually have mine completely closed except for loading and shaking. How about clean out door on chimney if provided. Sealed tight? Good luck and welcome. Matt
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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Oak 40
Coal Size/Type: Stove, nut/anthracite

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: dcrane On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:36 pm

mikloy wrote: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! :?


warm temps will effect drafting a lot and it takes a little time to get accustom to a new stoves proper settings during different seasons (not all stoves are as bullet proof as a Crane 44 ;) )
at any rate... I would not close my MPD until things were rolling, cooking away and hot (I would try it half closed at that point, reduce your primary draft control to a minimal setting)... see how she does overnight or for several hours, then fine adjust from their. The Chubby is a great coal burner so don't worry! if you having further trouble... start a thread in the "handfired" section... post photo's of your set up, chimney, stove pipe (exterior as well)... we can then take things one step at a time with some trouble shooting.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404


Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: mikloy On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:01 pm

Thanks Guys! i Appreciate The Feedback!
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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.

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: coalslick On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:32 am

Hi, I just stumbled across this after being a member for 2 yrs. so I figured I sign in. I am in Wester part of Ma.,Dalton and see there is a couple on members from here.This is a great site and alot of knowledgeable people,I have learned alot about burning coal. Right now I burn 95% coal in Firechief fc700 and love it!
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Fire Chief FC700
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Other Heating: natural gas

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Pacowy On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:59 am

Hi, neighbor! For a small town in MA, we do seem to have a few coal burners here.

Mike
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Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:20 am

coalslick wrote:Hi, I just stumbled across this after being a member for 2 yrs. so I figured I sign in. I am in Wester part of Ma.,Dalton and see there is a couple on members from here.This is a great site and alot of knowledgeable people,I have learned alot about burning coal. Right now I burn 95% coal in Firechief fc700 and love it!


Welcome back Coalslick! Mass. has plenty of coal folk still... we all need to ban together and put a stop to these $400 per ton prices :mad3:
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:57 pm

You can't DC - your too close to Boston! :fear:
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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: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: scalabro On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:49 pm

That was funny!
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Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford No. 2, PP Stewart 14, Crawford 40
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired forced hot air

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: KingCoal918 On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:57 am

Just spotted the States forum.

folks call me mjb, my mom calls me Michael. 22 years in Jamaica Plain, 32 years on the east coast. Grew up in Minnesota, and heated the house with a wood stove, and gas furnace backup. Wood heats twice.

Majored in painting in college, managed studios, and did graphic production for advertising agencies using glue pots, pens and cold type until the Macintosh changed the graphic arts world. Now I do digital design, and write web code for a paycheck three days a week.

24 years ago I discovered my life's work, which is old school letterpress. I'm an expert in the field of typography, and traditional letterpress process. Former president of the Letterpress Guild of New England, current treasurer of the Society of Printers, Boston. I run interrobang letterpress out of my house, and have a side thing called http://linotypesetting.com in Allston.

New to coal after building a shop for a big new old press.

Posted in the Crane Stove forum, found a Model 88 Coal Cooker in Pembroke. Still learning it. Love it. Love the ash less.

Have been burning free stove coal shoveled from the bin of a friend in Milton. Just bagged 35 ~40lb sacks on Saturday. Tons left, it seems sulfury compared to the couple bags of Blashack nut I've bought at Brookline Ice & Coal. Will probably buy a ton of bagged nut. Looking at prices.

No time for hobbies, I ride fixed-gear for transpo, have been a musician, and played guitar in garage/ punk bands since high school, have kept a 1978 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser on the road since 1982, and have been actively improving my old c. 1875 1450sf house and new shop in JP. Took two sides of crown, soffit, trim and clapboard down to bare wood, oil primed and painted this past summer. More sides to go.

Curious to know of any other "urban" coal burners on the list.

mjb
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane Coal Cooker Model 88
Coal Size/Type: stove and nut

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:16 pm

I lived in the Boston area for 37 years. It wasn't urban, but I heated a "well-ventilated" Victorian in Newton with a big, ancient hand-fired coal boiler for a season in the late 1970's. My aunt had lived for eons in Brighton, and was said to be one of the last people in Boston heating their houses with coal when she converted to NG in...1972. :eek2: She got whacked by the price surges after the 1973 oil embargo, but gave me the coal pile she had left in her bin to get me started. Her know-how was also invaluable; after a 5-minute tutorial I was able to run the hand-fired boiler almost like I knew what I was doing.

Mike
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Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite