Made the move

Made the move

PostBy: zipdog On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:36 pm

Finally moved over to coal this year. I have to say this, where the heck has this stuff been all my life? Talk about easier, this has wood beat any way you go. I am burning in an inside boiler and it works perfectly all the time. Plenty of fire in the morning to reload on, house warm and no fuss. If I added up the cost of chainsaw chains, fuel and oil , the tractor and splitter, all the hauling, splitting and stacking. I spend just as much to burn wood. I do have to drive a ways to get it but no big deal. Got my last load from city coal yard in Brazil Indiana for 70 bucks a ton, really nice people to deal with and they don't care if you have a truck or 5 gal buckets in the trunk of your car. They had no problem with an out of state check either and its hard to find places like that now a days.
zipdog
 

Re: Made the move

PostBy: mr1precision On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:43 pm

That's awesome! You sound like I did a year ago. It's hard to beat coal thats for sure. :clap: :punk:
mr1precision
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson AA-130

Re: Made the move

PostBy: rockwood On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:22 pm

Why'd you wait so long??? :shock:
Just kidding, yeah wood is hard work. I went to help my brother inlaw get a load (truck and trailer) of wood up in the mountains a few months back and HOLY COW...that's hard work...Now that I'm in my 40's I just can't do that hard labor like I used to. By the end of the day we were BEAT.
A little bit of wood is ok but when you're talking 5-10 cords to get through winter :down:... takes too much work and time to do that.
rockwood
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Stokermatic coal furnace
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Rockwood Stoveworks Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: Malleable/Monarch Range
Coal Size/Type: Soft coal: Lump and stoker (slack coal)


Re: Made the move

PostBy: dtzackus On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:24 pm

Best thing about coal is unlike wood you really only have to check on the stove maybe twice a day unlike the feeding of the wood stove every two to four hours....
dtzackus
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Gibraltar LCC
Stove/Furnace Make: Gibraltar
Stove/Furnace Model: LCC

Re: Made the move

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:57 pm

I burned wood for years. Cutting, splitting, stacking, moving 6 to 8 cord a year. Coal has wood beat in every way except one....coal makes way more ash, but, geepers, that's a small price to pay for nice even heat that you don't have to tend every 5 or 6 hours.
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: Made the move

PostBy: charlie On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:18 pm

I still put up a couple of cords for the winter, but I can't imagine being without coal! Congratulations!
charlie
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Prill and Tulikivi
Stove/Furnace Model: 200 BF and TTU 2700

Re: Made the move

PostBy: KLook On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:22 pm

I would only burn wood again as a backup in a power outage and maybe for ambiance if I get a house with a fireplace. (Not likely)
Welcome to the coal world!!

Kevin
KLook
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: Made the move

PostBy: dtzackus On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:25 pm

Well I was lucky that my gibraltar can burn both coal and wood. I normally burn wood in the fall and early spring, since it isn't cold enough to get a coal fire going, nice to get a wood fire going and let it die out over night. For the rest of the fall and winter season, it is completely coal.
dtzackus
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Gibraltar LCC
Stove/Furnace Make: Gibraltar
Stove/Furnace Model: LCC

Re: Made the move

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:27 pm

zipdog wrote:where the heck has this stuff been all my life? Talk about easier, this has wood beat any way you go. If I added up the cost of chainsaw chains, fuel and oil , the tractor and splitter, all the hauling, splitting and stacking. I spend just as much to burn wood.

I said the same thing a couple years ago :D
Way to go :up:
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Made the move

PostBy: BigBarney On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:30 pm

ZIPDOG;

Welcome to the DARK SIDE, the world of black rock coal burners.



BigBarney
BigBarney
 

Re: Made the move

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:31 pm

BigBarney wrote:ZIPDOG;

Welcome to the DARK SIDE, the world of black rock coal burners.



BigBarney

Should we teach him the secret handshake yet? :lol:
Duengeon master
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harmon Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite pea and nut mix. Bituminous lump

Re: Made the move

PostBy: 009to090 On: Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:56 pm

Duengeon master wrote:Should we teach him the secret handshake yet? :lol:

NOOOOOOOOO! He needs a minimum of 100 posts, and 6 new threads ;) ;) ;)
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Made the move

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:13 pm

DVC500 at last wrote:
Duengeon master wrote:Should we teach him the secret handshake yet? :lol:

NOOOOOOOOO! He needs a minimum of 100 posts, and 6 new threads ;) ;) ;)
I'm glad you told me!! I almost let it slip! :oops: :bang: :doh:
Duengeon master
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harmon Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite pea and nut mix. Bituminous lump

Re: Made the move

PostBy: Paulie On: Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:20 pm

Back to the Future, coal is the finest solid fuel. I keep a cord or two of wood around, for memories sake :lol:
Paulie
 
Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

Re: Made the move

PostBy: zipdog On: Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:56 am

I am headed back to the coal yard this morning. Not out yet but I would like to keep about a ton stored inside next to the boiler.
Burned wood for about 35 years and keeping enough stored out of the weather in case of a storm was always a problem. I even tried one of those stupid outdoor boilers for a while and let me tell you those things will work you to death and you still have to go out in all kinds of weather to tend them, what a joke.
zipdog