Yikes!!! -16F at Our House This Morning!

Re: Yikes!!! -16F at Our House This Morning!

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue. Feb. 06, 2007 9:17 am

Hi Tom, I'll probably do a pump swap someday. The family room is warm enough, just not as toasty as it could be. :)

It was -12* again this morning, tuesday the 6th. Light winds. The house is warmish.

I'm SPOILED already!! I pulled the the stoker for modifications yesterday, and went back to a hand loaded fire. I am burning Stove/Nut mixed Andthracite and Nut Bituminous.

I was re-aquainted with my design faults in my boiler this morning, the fire was starving for air, the ash had started to clog the grate, and what coal was left [not much!] was barely keeping the water at 110*, not at all enough heat to keep the house warm.

So I did 'my thing' and raked, shook and tossed on some wood, got a good roaring fire going, and will stoke up a new coal fire for the day.
I really like the stoker just dropping the ash off the edge of the firepot so it doesn't interfere with the burning process.

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: Yikes!!! -16F at Our House This Morning!

PostBy: WNY On: Tue. Feb. 06, 2007 9:45 am

We had -7 to 0 the last few nights/mornings, the stove has been cranking full bore at 500 degrees on the sides and exhaust of 230-240 degrees. I don';t think it has stopped stoking. And it is just taking the chill off.

The furnance kicks on once in while if it gets below the setpoint, but heating this big ol victorian I knew would be a challenge with this stove, can't wait to get a slightly bigger one!!
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Yikes!!! -16F at Our House This Morning!

PostBy: rouxzy On: Tue. Feb. 06, 2007 9:42 pm

I know what you mean about being spoiled with the cozy heat from coal. I think part of it is the feeling of self reiance and sending my money to PA rather than big oil. I'm trying to squeeze every last bit of energy from my unit. I think it is part of the mentality I get from working for a power generating company. Here is something for you to think about. Radiant heat only needs water temps of 120-130 max to heat a house.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut / Anthracite

Re: Yikes!!! -16F at Our House This Morning!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri. Feb. 09, 2007 9:46 pm

Last week, we had one morning @ -5*F. With just the stove running full-bore, the house was 56*. I need to crank up the thermostat & burn the black gold (actually, it's RED gold :wink:) just to get it somewhat comfortable in here.

My TV room, which is an addition off to the west side of the house, gets into the low 40's on below-zero mornings & stays there all day! The furnace is the only heat that room gets.

My furnace circulates water @ about 205*!! It's set @ 195*, but overshoots after the burner shuts off. Still takes a solid hour to warm the house 10*.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler