Pounds per day used?

PostBy: boatjonn On: Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:01 am

I live in California high desert...cold as it gets is around 25 to 30 degrees. Just for auxilliary heat in the game room (about 500 sq. feet), and used it only about half the day....what do you guess I would burn? Half a bag/25 lb? How much I burn is extreemly important because it will cost a LOT more for coal way out here on the west coast. I'm thinking it might be more cost efficient than the wood I'm presently burning, even if I have to ship a whole truckload of bagged coal. Whadaythink? :cry:
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PostBy: boatjonn On: Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:06 am

ooops, forgot to mention it would be a medium size pot-belly stove that I've only used with wood previously.
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PostBy: dirvine96 On: Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:43 am

boatjonn wrote:I live in California high desert...cold as it gets is around 25 to 30 degrees. Just for auxilliary heat in the game room (about 500 sq. feet), and used it only about half the day....what do you guess I would burn? Half a bag/25 lb? How much I burn is extreemly important because it will cost a LOT more for coal way out here on the west coast. I'm thinking it might be more cost efficient than the wood I'm presently burning, even if I have to ship a whole truckload of bagged coal. Whadaythink? :cry:



Whats anthracite goning for in CA ? Can you even get it?

Don
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 82FA


PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:58 am

I can't remember the state, but I think New Mexico or Arizona has a small anthracite field.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

coal useage per day

PostBy: MrP57 On: Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:43 pm

This is the first year for coal for me. I am so glad the sales man talked me into a little bigger heater than I thought I wanted. I have a Keystroker Koker, in the bacement. It is hooked up to my propane furnace air duct work. (cold air return) Our house is about 2000 sq'. not counting the bacement. I have been useing about 65 lbs on cold days, (35H\25L). Now it is colder,(31H\0L, I have been useing about 88 lbs. The house was built in 1988. We keep the house at 68\69*. Love the heat, mush easier the wood. Can any one give me some pointers on fine tuning the stove?
Great Forum,
Gary
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystroker
Stove/Furnace Model: Koker

Re: coal useage per day

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:55 pm

MrP57 wrote:Can any one give me some pointers on fine tuning the stove?
Great Forum,
Gary


Some details about the unit, stack, chimney etc. would be usefull. Start your own thread in the Hand Fired section and you'll have enough pointers to open a stove store. Pics are good too!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

PostBy: Frank B. On: Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:18 pm

I am burning about 60lbs a day now.
-25 mi S of Buffalo NY
-Outside temps in the single digits
-using a Hitzer 983 hand fed insert
-2300 sqft ranch maintained at 75-78 deg(round the clock) bedrooms farthest from insert are about 69-71 deg
-When outide temps are 25-35 deg I burn about 40 lbs/day
-this past dec-early jan was unusally mild (30-50 most days) I was burning about 25-30lbs/day
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 983 hand fed insert

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:23 pm

boatjohn, it is very hard to answer how much you would use because we don't know anything about your pot-bellied stove.

Typically a pot-bellied stove will burn coal, but not all that efficiently. If you had a name brand well known stove that someone here was using, then we could estimate what you might burn.

How much are you spending for wood per night?? I can't imagine it is all that much money for wood.

If you can give us a name for the stove or at least some photos of the firebox and grate, ashpan, and describe the way it burns wood. Maybe we can estimate coal burn for a night.

Maybe the best bet would be to buy say four or five bags of nut coal and give it a try, and see what happens.

Greg L

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Pounds per day used?

PostBy: e.alleg On: Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:17 pm

My house is 100+ year old Victorian with high ceilings and windows/doors everywhere. heated area is ~4000 sq. ft. With temps in the 20's I use 50# a day, when the temps are in the teens I use 100# a day. When the temps stay below 10 for a 24 period I burn 3 bags or 150#. This includes all our hot water too.
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Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Pounds per day used?

PostBy: ken On: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:26 pm

so far i'm putting in 2 - 40 lb bags every other day. stove seldom has been in idol until today , a couple of times. its about 50 here now. but i like it 75 :shock:
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker - Rice Coal
Stove/Furnace Model: 75K - Bay Window - Direct Vent

Re: Pounds per day used?

PostBy: Highlander On: Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:45 pm

Burning coal in a Harman stoker boiler, with temps in the low 20's, heating a moderately insulated 2000 ft house, I' burning about 60 to 70# per day. In warmer weather, say upper 30's, 40's I burn about 30 to 35# per day. My hot water is supplied by this boiler also. Warm weather hot water only its about 12# per day.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000 Sold
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vermont Castings Resolute
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: VF3000 Stoker Boiler

Re: Pounds per day used?

PostBy: Ed.A On: Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:54 pm

Alaska Channing III, heating about 1650 Sq/Ft avg temps around high 30's to low 40's daytime, mid 20's overnight for the last 36hrs. Just topped the hopper with a 50lb bag...so apprx 17lbs a day or so. Charted a 3 day stint with colder temps a few weeks back and averaged 25 lbs per day. Maintaining a constant temp of 66*-69*.

I would imagine 40/50lbs per day during the colder parts of winter.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Pounds per day used?

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:44 pm

My KA-4 boiler is burning upto 90# /day now . The weather has been pretty cold and I hooked my domestic water up now so my coal costs should be ofset by quite a bit by the reduced electricity costs . Dave
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Re: Pounds per day used?

PostBy: TechCurmudgeon On: Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:26 pm

I've been tracking in terms of run-hours per month.
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Added a column to convert to the average pounds per day for each month, and created a new chart with these values. In January I was running about 52 pounds per day.

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Re: Pounds per day used?

PostBy: ericcjack On: Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:29 am

I've got a Harman Magnum Stoker in an area I heat of about 1600 sq/ft. It's a newer home and well insulated. It heats the entire area! I have a small fan in the room and a ceiling fan too. The stove is hooked to a digital thermostat that kicks back to 69 at night and when I go to work. It bumps up to 73 when I'm home. Here in Indiana, it's been pretty cold....teens and some single digits. She sips 40 lbs a day. When the temps hover around the 30* mark she'll drop to about 30 lbs a day. I LOVE THIS THING!
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