Massachusetts residents check in here!

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: heartofcoal On: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:10 pm

Hey Tom
There's a few guys out your way burnin' coal
I'm up near the NH border myself.
Smitty's closer to you, and he knows everybody out your way.

Ray
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Pacowy On: Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:04 pm

Howudoin2427 wrote: Is there anybody from the westernmass area. Just curious because I only know a few people that burn coal.


I'm in Dalton (just east of Pittsfield on Route 9). Currently heating 2 drafty old houses with coal - hope to reduce that to 1 before too long. Don't be surprised if your use of coal persuades people you know to give it a try. After seeing my stoker boilers, my brother-in-law is selling his pellet stove and has been looking for a coal boiler.

Mike
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Howudoin2427 On: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:09 am

Pacowy wrote:
Howudoin2427 wrote: Is there anybody from the westernmass area. Just curious because I only know a few people that burn coal.


I'm in Dalton (just east of Pittsfield on Route 9). Currently heating 2 drafty old houses with coal - hope to reduce that to 1 before too long. Don't be surprised if your use of coal persuades people you know to give it a try. After seeing my stoker boilers, my brother-in-law is selling his pellet stove and has been looking for a coal boiler.

Mike


Nice yeah i have family from up in the berkshires My mom and dad are from Adams/ north adams, my aunt actually just opened up alittle diner in dalton depot diner but i think it still has the old sign up outside of what it used to be called .i forget what the old one was. And yeah i can see my brother in law swapping when he feels the heat output he has a pellet stove which is weak i went downstairs in his basement with it running and it didnt even feel like it was lol
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PostBy: Pacowy On: Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:04 am

I'll need to check out that diner. I'm not far from Depot St. - hopefully it won't be too hard to find.

Mike
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Howudoin2427 On: Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:09 am

nope its easy to find it might still have the sign Duff and Dells i finally remembered the name. its like the second or third store front on depot street. I love little dinners like that. hope you enjoy as well when you go there. They will take good care of you.
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: jimclo On: Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:45 am

It's nice to see a lot of coal burning folks here. As you can see, I'm in Scituate.
I started burning coal in 1985, keeping a fire in a Glenwood Home Grand #107 in the kitchen. A wood stove in the living room would also be going. After awhile, it seemed like I was too old to be chasing trees. I got a Harman Mark II for the living room.
It worked out so well, I obtained a 2nd one for the kitchen. My bride's mother has taken up residence, and she asks if the stove can put out more heat when the room is 89, and the answer is yes, but ..... as a matter of fact, the Mark II in the kitchen was left open about 3 turns and ignored for a couple of hours and the candle sticks across the room drooped, and some house plants dried up and died. Normally it's about 1/2 a turn. The stove may be a bit larger than required for the space, but was undamaged, and wasn't even glowing.
I have burned all the coal shown in my avatar, which was about 32 tons and came as a one shot deal. I'm looking for another delivery, and getting only 22 tons sounds good. I hear my brother in Wakefield may also want a load.
I was a machinist from '64 to '01 when I retired. At one time I was running a stainless steel water tube boiler I made, in parallel with the oil burner. It heated the water very well and you could hardly tell there was a wood fire in it. An aquastat would kick the pump in when the stove heated the water, but I made an error. I figured rather than pay to have the water tube assembly heat treated and quenched, to remove the welding stresses, I'd start a hot fire with a lot of kindling while the water tubes were empty, and open up a ball valve to quickly fill the water tubes. It worked like a charm, but the pressure relief valve opened for about 20 seconds, and the wife was at home. She didn't feel safe with it thereafter, and I could not say the valve would not open if the stove was going and we lost power for the aquastat and circulator pump. So, I just used it while I was at home to check that it worked, and used it when the temperature was in the 10 degree or colder range. After a while I took it out and put in a Chubby for the coldest days. Since I went to all coal, and 2 Harmans, I didn't need that either. I'm thinking that if I went with steam under vacuum I could boil water at 90 degrees and have the steam condense in the remote bedroom with no pump. Probably never do it, though. Whoops, the bottom is squeezing. Nice talking to you all :)
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:00 am

Good to hear from you jimclo---how long did that 32 ton last you??
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: jimclo On: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:25 pm

freetown fred wrote:Good to hear from you jimclo---how long did that 32 ton last you??

5 years
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:41 pm

Outstanding--if Soc. Sec. would give us our cost of living raise at some point--I'd love to do that--hell, 32 ton--3 1/2 ton a season--damn, that would probably cover me right up to my DEMISE--& then some :clap: toothy
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: SteveZee On: Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:22 pm

Pacowy and Howudoin,

I'm a ex-masshole transplanted to Maine now. Berkshires born and raised too. Lenox, and the Pitts and I actually lived in Dalton too on Ashulot Street (I think that how you spell it) just past the Crane mill and take a couple lefts.
When I was younger my brother's and I played in several popular bands all round the Berks but that may be before you guy's time. Woody's House of Washington, the Berkshire Blues cafe The Cellar, etc.. all now gone. Got family still down that wayin Lanseboro and the Pitts. Nice area come summer and fall.
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Howudoin2427 On: Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:55 pm

SteveZee wrote:Pacowy and Howudoin,

I'm a ex-masshole transplanted to Maine now. Berkshires born and raised too. Lenox, and the Pitts and I actually lived in Dalton too on Ashulot Street (I think that how you spell it) just past the Crane mill and take a couple lefts.
When I was younger my brother's and I played in several popular bands all round the Berks but that may be before you guy's time. Woody's House of Washington, the Berkshire Blues cafe The Cellar, etc.. all now gone. Got family still down that wayin Lanseboro and the Pitts. Nice area come summer and fall.


Once a masshole always a masshole lol there's no getting out of it. Do you know bob balawender he was a Milan ,is from cheshire, and has been in many bands in the area one being parrafin.
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Pacowy On: Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:39 pm

SteveZee wrote:Pacowy and Howudoin,

I'm a ex-masshole transplanted to Maine now. Berkshires born and raised too. Lenox, and the Pitts and I actually lived in Dalton too on Ashulot Street (I think that how you spell it) just past the Crane mill and take a couple lefts.
When I was younger my brother's and I played in several popular bands all round the Berks but that may be before you guy's time. Woody's House of Washington, the Berkshire Blues cafe The Cellar, etc.. all now gone. Got family still down that wayin Lanseboro and the Pitts. Nice area come summer and fall.


Ex-masshole, now Mainiac? Actually, I think Maine was originally part of MA, so maybe you get to be some of each.

Your directions to Ashuelot Street remind me of the directions/political commentary I enjoyed when I lived in the Boston area: "Go to Cambridge, take a left." Have at it, Smitty!

We don't get out much to see the bands, but we know Val Martell and Brian Benlien, who we understand to be fixtures now (but maybe after your time here?).

My brother lives in Saco, but we don't get out there much, either.

Mike
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: SteveZee On: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:09 am

No doubt guys once a MH always one and yes Maine was once part of Mass! lol. Masshole to Mainiac ha,ha,ha..
I don't recall the guys you mentioned but the Z my last name stands for Zarvis and back in day the Zarvis /Allen band was big time fun. We had a 30yr reunion several years ago and lots of the old gang came out and jammed the place. Brought back allot of good memeories! My brothers still live down that way and play/played in several other local bands. A little after that reunion gig the place burned to the ground. Bummer for the owner Glen Larsen. He had also owned Summer Times in Lee next tot eh old Dunkin Donuts (Now a Bank I think?)
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PostBy: Creature Comforts On: Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:13 pm

Greetings from South Eastern MA :)

Presently waiting to pick up a new Leisure Line - Hearth which is expected to arrive sometime this week. Outgoing is a (manual) Wellington. The grates had become so warped that we were no longer able to shake it down.

The Wellington burned pea coal, which I bought from People's Coal Co. (RI), which seems to have since switched to selling landscaping materials and dropped out of the coal business. From what I can tell, my choices are Eastern Ice Co., (MA), and Cranston Coal Co. (RI). They are about equidistant. Hopefully, they can supply rice coal. I'll call for information tomorrow.

Now... I just have to figure out what to do with all my free time, now that I won't have to shake down the stove all the time. :lol:
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Vinmaker On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:01 am

Hello,

I guess I should check in as a fellow MA coal burner. I have been burning coal for about 20 years in my Russo stove. Absolutely love the heat coal gives off.

Been looking to upgrade to a larger stove and am eyeing the Harmon sf-150/SF-250. If any of you guys know of one for sale. That would be a big help.

Enjoy,

Vin.
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