any body else still burning

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PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:21 pm

I don't usually shut down until the nights are sustaining 50* temps and the days warm up to about 70. The AA130 produces great DHW for about the same $$ as electric (but more of it). The standby availability is nice for heating on those occasional cold spring nights. Usually I don't shut down until mid May or until the boiler room is unbearably hot!
mikeandgerry
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson Anthratube 130-M

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PostBy: wyowa On: Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:26 am

Still in the 30's at night here in wyoming, Will have to stretch the coal i have, the mine has shut down public sales for the year. I now know for sure the Hardin has no idle timer. Have had to relight a couple times so far. I did install a push button switch so I can run it around noon for about 10 minuets or so just to refresh the fire, seems to work that way. DO they sell year round in Sheradin, I'm going get some from there next season for sure. I'm going to miss the fire but not hand cracking lump down to stoker size.
wyowa
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hardin
Stove/Furnace Model: Automatic Coal Furnace/ stoker

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PostBy: tikigeorge On: Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:49 pm

Still burning my KA6 boiler. Temps have dropped lately and I still need heat at night in western nj. Good hot water for showers and dishwasher.
tikigeorge
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6


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PostBy: Yanche On: Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:40 pm

Still burning my AHS S130 boiler here in central Maryland. Overnight lows have been in the 40's last couple of nights. Expected lows overnight are mid 30's. I did shut down when we had a week of almost 80 degree temperatures. I've lowered my aquastat high set point to deal better with an overshoot in boiler water temperature. On days with little demand the boiler would overheat from the idle fire. New this season is a true primary secondary piping system. One oil boiler, one coal boiler each with Taco 007 circulators with internal flow check valves. When the circulators are off there is no possibility of thermal heat induced fluid flow, hence an over temperature occurs.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

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PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:59 am

Hitzer 50-93 still puttin along---snow Sat. night,frost expected for tonight & tomorrow night :(
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

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PostBy: SuperBeetle On: Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:21 am

Still going here. Just bought another 1/2 ton this morning.
SuperBeetle
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Pea, Nut, & Stove Anthracite

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PostBy: mr1precision On: Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:21 pm

My AA-130 is still going. I didn't think I'd still be burning at this point. I added 8 more bags yesterday, so I'll try to go to the end of the month.
mr1precision
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson AA-130

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PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:18 pm

Keystoker 90 on high idle. Temp's outside 46 and dropping. Garage 62 and rising. Family room 73. When I cannot maintain family room temp I will pull the plug. Probably 10 to 14 more days. We do like it warm, this Keystoker is an entirely different animal than the old Buderus hand fed. Coal-trol and Keystoker is cruise control for coal :!:
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

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PostBy: wsherrick On: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:25 pm

I thought I was done for the season. Well I was wrong. It has been dropping to the low to mid 30's for the past several nights here in my section of the Poconos. I did a rush order of 4 tons of Nut coal since I was down to less than 100 pounds. The Glenwood has been fired back up and will be going for the next several days at least.
wsherrick
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Base Heater, Crawford Base Heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford Base Heater, Glenwood, Stanley Argand
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut, Stove Size

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PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:57 pm

according to projected weather,it looks like it will be May before we shut down :o
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

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PostBy: mof1964 On: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:00 pm

still running the efm 520 here in nothern lancaster pa. nights have been chilly and even frost a couple mornings this past week.
The boiler is basically idling very low and happy making hot water.
mof1964
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coal Chubby

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PostBy: brckwlt On: Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:09 am

how much coal are you guys burning a day at idle with a boiler?
brckwlt
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman-Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: Rebuilt 1953 AA-130

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PostBy: spiker On: Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:59 am

With temps ranging between 40 and 60's, I basically have been re-lighting my hand fired during the days that it is cloudy and rainy. Then I idle it after lighting down to 250-350. Below that I might loose the fire with the weak draft in these warmish outside temps. When the days are sunny and 60's, I get enough solar warmth to have the house range between 63 morning and 68 evening with no other source of heat. I have not run the propane furnace for weeks now. I find that so long as I have a few hours to periodically tend the fire, it is not that hard to get a fire started right on top of the unused coal left over from when I last let it burn out. Keeping the load door cracked slightly keeps the smoke from dirtying up the glass while the wood burns down into coals. A wood fire in my coal stove runs hot really quickly. Within 15 minutes the stove top is at 600, and all that heat helps to get the coal up to temp for burning.

I thought I would be burning wood in the shoulder season, so I capped off the T in place of the baro once I stopped running coal full time. Did not want the creosote gumming up the flapper, and I think it is a safer arrangement with wood. I think that was the right move, although it turns out that I am only using the wood to relight the coal. With warmer outside temps, the draft has eased off, so I only loose the control over windy days that the baro provided.
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spiker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Salvo
Stove/Furnace Model: Citation

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PostBy: peterk1 On: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:00 am

keeping temp at 68 now, using a 5gal bucket or less daily, won't shut down till mid may
peterk1
 
Stove/Furnace Make: The Allen

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PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:30 pm

Still burnin' using Pea coal now...
Puttering along at 180*...
House is at 72*...
Mid 40's nite and mid 50's day...
Looking to build a firebox reducer as the Basement #4 holds 175# of coal...
125# of that is in the firebox...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove