Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

Re: Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

PostBy: Chuck_Steak On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:31 pm

So far, from what we have seen, this year's nut is much more "nutlike" than last year.
A lot bigger pieces, more consistent..
If anything, some of the stuff I have opened seems like small stove,
compared to last year's nut...

Dan
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Coal Size/Type: mostly nut, sometimes stove, Santa brand
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Stove/Furnace Model: Mark III

Re: Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

PostBy: lsayre On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:38 pm

This years supply of Blaschak pea has noticeably smaller chunks than my Blaschak pea from two years ago.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:22 pm

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. :shock:
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Re: Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:29 am

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. :shock:


Consistently smaller.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

PostBy: half-pint On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:53 pm

Here in KY where it's normally not as cold I have been running my Glenwood base burner on a mix for the last two winters. I mix 60% stove and 40% nut coal together and it works AMAZING!!! It doesn't seem to matter if it's milder or colder than normal it performs great on it. I have been doing testing the last little while on Bit. coal in the stove and so far so good. It seems to burn it well although it takes a little longer per fueling to get everything back in shape. It does soot up the windows at first, but once the volatiles burn off and I get it up to temp the soot burns off and it's clean as ever.

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.

Cheers,
Jason
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: US Stove / Wondercoal
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Coal Size/Type: Stove sized Blaschak Anthracite.

Re: Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

PostBy: dhansen On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:22 am

half-pint wrote:
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.

Cheers,
Jason


Words of wisdom Jason. This should be posted in every coal thread on the forum!
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Stove/Furnace Make: Glenwood No.6 and No.116

Re: Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

PostBy: jschaefer7406 On: Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:22 pm

Hello all,

Need to make a run this weekend, and am considering trying pea in my hand fired furnace for the first time. Been burning for over 3 years now, and have only ever used nut. Heat is good, but sometimes can't shut her down far enough in the spring on those mild days...

My questions are, what time range do you guys usually switch? Think its too early yet to go to pea? I'm in NE PA for reference, near Williamsport. Usually buy from Mallard, considering DiRenzo...not sure :(.

Also, wondering if pea may fall through my grates. Mine are the triangular style, 3 total. Have heard from some that you just need to shake less and leave a layer of ash to "hold" the smaller coal in place. That what you guys do, or a bad idea?

Thanks in advance

Joe
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Stove/Furnace Make: Kogen
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Re: Pea Coal Vs. Chestnut Coal Vs. Stove Coal

PostBy: BPatrick On: Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:28 pm

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.
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