lsayre wrote:This years supply of Blaschak pea has noticeably smaller chunks than my Blaschak pea from two years ago.
Rob R. wrote:lsayre wrote:This years supply of Blaschak pea has noticeably smaller chunks than my Blaschak pea from two years ago.
Is it consistently smaller? Or it just has smaller stuff mixed in? Might just be the loading pulling from the center vs. side of the pile. Regardless, your boiler should burn it fine. A few years back there was a guy on here that said he burned barley size in his S130.
It's really a individual thing on coal. No two stoves will burn the same thing exactly the same. Firing style, draft available, and individual stove characteristics all play a part. The best thing you can do is simply experiment.
BPatrick wrote:Well at this point I've tried them all and with my Crawford 40 stove works the best for a couple of reasons. First, the size of the coal works with the size of my grates. While I can burn pea(really tricky but can be done-you have to make sure you leave ash so the coal doesn't pour out between the grates), and nut(much easier but still will drop through the grates if I'm not careful), stove coal works perfectly here with no coal loss to the ash pan depths. Second, because my stove is a baseburner, stove coal just breathes better and the larger coal lets the air get through. In baseburner mode the stove exhaust travels an extra 12' so it really slows down. Last, the firepot in the Crawford is really deep as well so the larger coal really makes a difference. Nut can work but it won't perform as well as stove in a baseburner.
freetown fred wrote:It burns don't it? AND, I bet they don't even charge ya extra
Formulabruce wrote:not complaining! just hope it makes smoke cause a few neighbors thought my stove wasnt working!! LOL> No smokin from coal
ONEDOLLAR wrote:Formulabruce wrote:not complaining! just hope it makes smoke cause a few neighbors thought my stove wasnt working!! LOL> No smokin from coal
Last year I ran into a guy in town I have known for years. Not that we are super close but both of us seem to bump into each other a bit. This guy is also a wood burner and we used to see each other at the Town "Dump" back when you could go there and cut all the wood you could ever want. He commented to me: "Geeze I was up by your house a couple of times and I didn't see any smoke coming out of your chimney. Did you put in pellet stove?"
Of course I had to tell him what I had done by going to the "Dark Side". Like many he seem intriqued and even possibly a little excited when I told him that there was NO MORE middle of the "bleepin" night wood stove feedings for this good ole boy. I even invited him over to check things out... Needless to say he hasn't taken me up on my offer..... His loss.