New to coal, are there any stoves that will burn SeOhio coal

New to coal, are there any stoves that will burn SeOhio coal

PostBy: thartman On: Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:53 pm

Hello all. I am thinking of heating with bituminous coal which is readily available in my area[SE Ohio] Are there any stoves that will use this coal well? I appreciate any info you all can give me. Thanks.
thartman
 

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:04 pm

There are several hand load stoves that burn Bituminous coal pretty well. I know member Greg White is happy with burning my leftover WV bituminous in his Harman SF150.

Forum member Dan McCartney also burns Bituminous coal in a LOPI fireplace insert.

Forum member Berlin is our resident Bituminous expert, he burns Bitum. in a stove of his own design and construction that burn bituminous very well. He posted plans on the 'how to' forum.

I believe once you learn the characteristics of your local bituminous coal, you could burn it in most hand-load stoves. Bituminous coal varies widely in burn characteristics. Some smokes very bad when first ignited [high volitiles], some makes huge hard clinkers [low ash-fusion temperature or AFT], and some burns very similar to Anthracite [low smoke and very little clinker]. It all varies with the mine and vein of coal being mined.

Most if not all in-production stoker stoves/boilers/furnaces are designed to burn anthracite. Anthracite coal is very clean burning, consistant in burn characteristics and doesn't form hard clinkers or coke-trees that would mess up the stoker units.

Hope this helps. Greg L

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LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Thanks for the info

PostBy: thartman On: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:31 pm

Thank you that will give me a good place to start!!!!
thartman
 


PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:13 pm

I forgot to mention member ktm rider burns bituminous in his AHS boiler. His boiler is in his shop, next to the house. He pipes the hot water into the house then through an 'air-handler' or water-to-air heat exchanger. This transfers the heat to his hot air heating system in the house.

He also has a Harman Mark II in his basement in which he burns wood and bituminous coal.

He is located on the WV/MD border and has at least twenty coal sellers within a 10-mile radius.

Are you hoping to use a stove in a family room or a boiler/furnace for central heat?

Greg L
Last edited by LsFarm on Sat May 05, 2007 9:32 am, edited 1 time in total.
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Central heat

PostBy: thartman On: Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:51 pm

Well i have a Timbereeze wood/coal furnace that i use wood in. I tried some coal last year but had a hard time keeping it going. So i thought about just putting in a stove in the living room of my house(appox. 1300 sq. ft.)
thartman
 

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:15 pm

Does your furnace have an ashpan and shaker-grates? Can you shut off the air to above the fire, and feed air only below the fire up through the grates??

This is usually why a coal fire won't keep burning, coal needs all it's air to come up through the coal bed. Any air getting past the coal bed is not going to help burn the coal, and will just go up the chimney.

Do you have a photo of your furnace??

There is one stoker bituminous burner, it is no longer in production, but you may be able to find on in a local paper or on Ebay. It is called a Combustioneer. forum member Hardwood has one.

Greg L.

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LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

thank you

PostBy: thartman On: Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:18 pm

I will post a pic as soon as i can of my stove.
THANK YOU.
thartman