WessWackos wrote:Sting, is it a complete waste of time to burn wood in them?
This is GREAT info everyone! Anyone else have wisdom to share with a rookie coal burner?
What size coal would be best to burn in this stove?
Not Sting, but my personal opinion is it's never a complete waste of time to burn anything, heat is heat. However, getting wood to burn in a stove designed to be a coal stove is not always easy; wood needs an over the fire draft while coal needs an under fire source of air. Combination stoves tend to burn one fuel well and not so well with the other fuel. Coal will offer you hours of burning with little or no attention. I would suspect that stove you have will hold at least 50 pds of coal and burn for 15 or 20 hours at a time. With the top load hopper set up I suspect your time factor for tending the stove is going to be the size of your ash pan.
I recommend that you search the archives on "how to light a coal stove or fire." And don't wait until you really need the heat to try to light your stove. Burning coal has a steep learning curve and can be quite frustrating. I think that your stove would could burn either pea or nut coal sized coal. Each size coal has it's own burning characteristics and what you use depends on the type of heat you want - slow and longer burning or fast and hot. There has been a lot of discussion in past posts on that topic. Check the archives. You need to check out barometric dampers while you are in the archives, too. They can save you a lot of money while maximizing your heat output. Good luck, Lisa
FYI I did a search on Champion Stoves and traced them back to the Champion Hardware Company of Northern Ohio and upstate New York. Then I lost the trail. The Company apparently did a lot of foundry work for many different items and brand names not the least of which was the Sears Stove. The latest date of stove production I could find was in the mid-50s. Looking at the cabinet style of your stove I'd put it in the mid to late 50s also. I couldn't find a user's manual or any other documentation.