Massachusetts residents check in here!

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:45 am

Hi Vin,

Please check your private messages.

Mike
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Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Vinmaker On: Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:32 pm

Got it Mike. Thanks so much. Still trying to get in touch with that guy. Doesn't seem to check his e-mail or he is not getting them. :(

Vin.
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Stove/Furnace Make: HARMAN
Stove/Furnace Model: SF-250

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:18 pm

Hi!

New to the forums and new to burning coal. Been burning and heating our home with wood 100% for over 25 years. Wouldn't have it any other way either. I live in Saugus, MA. If there are other NorthShore residents out there that burn coal I would love to talk to you.

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: Vinmaker On: Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:24 pm

Welcome Dollar. I too am new here. There is a member that I noticed from the north shore. Hopefully he will check in soon. I think if you give coal a try, you will love it. No fear of creosote and it burn hotter and longer than wood. Also, no bug infestations! :)
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Stove/Furnace Make: HARMAN
Stove/Furnace Model: SF-250

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:49 pm

Thanks Vinmaker!

Sorry for the delay in posting back to you. Been a rough weekend.

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: tractionwork On: Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:26 pm

I own a 1850s 13+ room farmhouse in Boston (city limits). Complete w/9ft ceilings, little to no insulation, mostly original windows, etc. I’m getting priced out of oil for the forced hot water heating system. First-time ever stove (wood or coal) user. I picked up a 1985 Russo CW#2 stove from a friend for $90. I only needed to replace the door and window gaskets (<$50), a fairly easy task. I also needed to run a 35 foot stainless steel flue down the chimney, (<$500, including T, cap, barometric damper, etc.), also a fairly simple task on a flat roof. The Russo uses Nut coal. I started burning coal 4 weeks ago. The weather is kind of warm for this time of year, but good for learning to operate the stove. Thanks to the forum I’m burning a little less than 40lbs for 24hrs; stove runs for 10-12hrs between fills. The stove is located in the basement. Easily heating the whole area to 70+ degrees when 30-40 degrees outside. It’s really nice to come down barefoot in the morning to warm hardwood floors!! Our 3 year old really notices the difference playing on the floor The whole family is enjoying the radiant, warm house; no more sweaters indoors. Working around in my basement shop (trains) is a lot more enjoyable and comfortable in a T-shirt. This month the upstairs living area is keeping a nice 70+, while burning <10 gallon oil!!! Hobbies include total farmhouse restoration, model trains, year round camping, and burning coal.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: CW#2

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:58 pm

tractionwork

Welcome from another "newbie" to the forum and to coal use as well! If you happen to come up to the North Shore I would be happy to meet you for a cup of coffee!

OneDollar
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: tractionwork On: Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:08 pm

Thanks OneDollar, if I ever cross the river to head north, I may take you up on it:-)
tractionwork
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: CW#2

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Vinmaker On: Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:53 pm

Track. That is a great stove! I just replaced my Russo #2 I think. About the very same age as yours. Heated with it every year for the past 20 years. Only upgraded because I moved it into the cellar and it just did not have the output needed to overcome the exposed concrete in the cellar and properly heat the third floor. I was over firing the stove to get all the heat I needed and burned thru the deflector plate twice. I found it easy to operate and would burn wood very well also.

I always felt the Russo design was fantastic. I am shocked that nobody has bought the patents and plans to start building them again. With oil so high, they could sell them in a heart beat.

Vin.
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Stove/Furnace Make: HARMAN
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: tractionwork On: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:01 am

Hi, thanks for the encouraging input. I rechecked and the manufacture date is actually 1/15/1980! Yup, they built a good stove for sure. It's getting colder now with the nights down into the high 20s to low 30s and days are mostly high 40's. The stove has been running 24/7 for the past 21 days, still using just under 40 lbs/day. It's keeping the floors nice and warm, with the house thermostat set at a constant 70 degrees. When heating with just oil, I found the recovery takes too long when I program a drop at night due to the 1850s farmhouse construction and style. I may fiddle with programming next. So far we’ve used 72 gallons of oil in the past 34 days. This is down from 173 gallons for the same period last year, though it’s been warmer this year. January and February will be the true test!
Ciao,
KO


Vinmaker wrote:Track. That is a great stove! I just replaced my Russo #2 I think. About the very same age as yours. Heated with it every year for the past 20 years. Only upgraded because I moved it into the cellar and it just did not have the output needed to overcome the exposed concrete in the cellar and properly heat the third floor. I was over firing the stove to get all the heat I needed and burned thru the deflector plate twice. I found it easy to operate and would burn wood very well also.

I always felt the Russo design was fantastic. I am shocked that nobody has bought the patents and plans to start building them again. With oil so high, they could sell them in a heart beat.

Vin.
tractionwork
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: CW#2

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: Vinmaker On: Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:46 pm

Keep us posted tractor. Let us know how the stove works out in Jan and Feb. Remember coal burns even better when it is cold out. A nice self adjusting property. :)
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Stove/Furnace Make: HARMAN
Stove/Furnace Model: SF-250

Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: japar On: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:03 pm

I bought my dad 1 of those Russo stoves when oil went through the roof 5 - 6 years ago. He has been heating a good size split-level he lives in Rehoboth Ma, he will not use the blower and only burns wood. The Russo puts out some serious btu's the whole house stays 70+ . My dad is 83 and I supply all his wood. Its alot of work !!! sure wish he would burn coal.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hearthmate
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:18 pm

Japar

You are a good son keeping your father loaded with firewood! :clap: I bet he likes to start the fire and tend to it as well. I know I have enjoyed burning wood since I was a kid but now that I am getting a little older the sheer convenience of coal is what I like. :smoke: I loaded my coal unit up this morning at 6:30 am and it pumped out 550 degree heat till 3:45 PM this afternoon.
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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: chubbycoalboy On: Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:54 am

Hello, I live in the Nashoba Valley area and burn coal in my Chubby. I use to use the Jotul 507. I burn a little over a ton a year. My hobbies are fishing and ham radio.
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Re: Massachusetts residents check in here!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:24 pm

CC, welcome to the FORUM my friend. Seems like the Mass. guys are still recovering from the latest property tax bill. :clap: toothy I'm at a loss, where is Nashoba Valley--western Mass.??
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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