Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: wlape3 On: Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:40 am

How many of you have been siting in front of the coal stove with a beer in hand and a pile of peanut shells or pistachio shells in front of you and suddenly you get a great idea and toss the shells onto the fire for some free BTUs? I used to throw them in the hopper all the time when had a hand fired stove. Now that I have a furnace I have to be more cautious and toss them on top of the burning coals sparingly and a handful at a time. I've also been known to throw in the occasional paper towel too.

Any thoughts on this?>can it be harmful to the stove/furnace?
wlape3
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: 140 auger, forced hot air

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: rockwood On: Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:56 am

Just threw some pistachio shells in the handfed today. :) I don't see how it would hurt anything if you're just putting a handful on the fire. Wouldn't run shells through any kind of coal stoker though.
rockwood
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Stokermatic coal furnace
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Rockwood Stoveworks Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: Malleable/Monarch Range
Coal Size/Type: Soft coal: Lump and stoker (slack coal)

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:05 am

Wlape has juts solved the world energy problems, just buy $50,000 worth of pistachios each year. :lol:

rockwood wrote:Wouldn't run shells through any kind of coal stoker though.


Shouldn't be problem but I wouldn't be putting any walnut shells in there. ;)

Now you got me thinking because we have sizable wood shop in the basement and we generate a lot of sawdust and scrap wood. Never really thought about it but I'd imagine mixing the saw dust in their wouldn't be such a big deal. The only problem I can think of is they are so small and light the forced air might be an issue. Another thought is soaking them with old cooking oil/ bacon fat.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite


Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: ceccil On: Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:01 am

Richard S. wrote:bacon fat


Imagine the house smelling like bacon all the time. I'd never leave the house. I alway's figured it would be bacon that kills me. :D :) ;)

Jeff
ceccil
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Mark III

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:35 am

Empty food boxes, sales circulars, junk mail all finds a home in the Harman or the Fisher. The coal fire in the Harman will completely incinerate just about anything except Gumby.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: DOUG On: Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:22 am

It's funny that you mention throwing pistachio shells, I just through a bunch into my Clayton hand fired furnace a few days ago. Well they aren't there anymore, all burnt up. I once got a great deal on a 50 lb sack of potatoes, well it ended up to be not such a great deal because they went bad in a week. So, I got the great idea of tossing the entire sack into the Clayton hand fire furnace. To my surprise, it burned all day and the Btu's were satisfactory for a 30 degree day. The whole neighborhood smelled like baked potatoes.

I've thrown leftovers from dinner, pizza boxes, junk mail, just sorting out all of the shiny paper and the plastic stuff to the trash, corn on the cob, and even rotten apples from my apple tree. The apples didn't give that much heat but it sure smelled good outside.
DOUG
 
Stove/Furnace Make: CHUBBY, D.S.MACHINE BOILER
Stove/Furnace Model: CLAYTON 1600

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: BigBarney On: Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:13 pm

Use the corn on cob in the fire, that's what a lot of smoke houses

use to smoke meat with especially fish.



BigBarney
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Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:40 pm

I used to throw everything in my stove ... but that caused hard, thick buildup on the coils that was impossible to clean while the stove was lit. Now it all goes outdoors.
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: ken On: Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:48 pm

I think my snakes are gone or hibernating. Been catching a few mice here and there. I put then on top of the coal fire. :shock:
ken
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker - Rice Coal
Stove/Furnace Model: 75K - Bay Window - Direct Vent

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:51 pm

Like this? :D

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SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: ken On: Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:10 pm

LMAO :D Mine look alot crisper.
ken
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker - Rice Coal
Stove/Furnace Model: 75K - Bay Window - Direct Vent

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:01 pm

Not wanting to muck up the feeder on my new Keystoker 90 I put the pistachio nut shells on top op the coal burning on the flat plate. A few btu's that otherwise would be tossed. I do miss the inferno of the old Buderus hand fed from time to time :cry:
2001Sierra
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: gitrdonecoal On: Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:15 am

no actual mice were harmed during the writing of this thread (just in case p.e.t.a is reading)
gitrdonecoal
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90
Stove/Furnace Make: USSC
Stove/Furnace Model: Hotblast 1557

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: Short Bus On: Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:59 pm

Any concerserns about salt on the shells ?
Short Bus
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Kewanee boiler with Anchor stoker
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut / Sub-bituminous C
Other Heating: Propane wall furnace back up only

Re: Confessions Of A Secret Biofueler

PostBy: wlape3 On: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:12 am

Short Bus wrote:Any concerserns about salt on the shells ?


No. Never had a problem with my hand fed.
wlape3
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: 140 auger, forced hot air