Got home last night after a 10hr burn and all was well
. Wife told me that between her and the kids there were five showers taken in a very short period of time and everyone had hot water. I still need to lower the temp on the hot water tank. So I waited from two more hours and went down and did the fire fixing routine and right before I went to bed I put a little more coal on. Got up this morning and again all is well
. Today will be a better test seeing how temps have fallen into the low teens and not suppose to get much higher then that. Also winds blowing up to 35 mph. Wind chills below zero.
Jaeger So your heating almost 6000 sqft for a season on 4 tons of coal. If you are using 4 5 gal buckets a day and I will guess that a bucket is at least 20lbs ( I am going to weigh some buckets tonight). So using this weight that means in 3.5 months you will use up your 4 tons. Not sure were you live but maybe that is how long your burning season is.
Right now I am not using a fire box reducer, will have to look into one after I get things settled.
Smitty, I went with the 260 because if you look at Harmans spec,s you will see that the 160 is right on the edge of being able to heat my house. As far as prolonged idling this is a possibility but why wouldn’t the boiler be able to idle all day long as long as it has coal and enough air? This should be no different then a free standing stove. If it does a lot of idling then I guess in theory I should use less coal.