Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

Hand-Fed or Stoker?

Hand -Fed
110
54%
Stoker
86
42%
Both
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4%
 
Total votes : 204

Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri May 11, 2007 9:27 am

So are you slaving over a hand fed stove or a girlie man?
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: stockingfull On: Fri May 11, 2007 12:20 pm

NEPAForum Admin wrote:So are you slaving over a hand fed stove or a girlie man?


Question sort of answers itself, don't it? 8)

To adapt the old jock/nerd saw, "The battle between the shakers and the girlies is over and the girlies have prevailed." :queen:

Cavemen, slavery -- all relics of the past!

Proud to be a girlie-man! :toothy4:
stockingfull
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Yellow Flame
Stove/Furnace Model: W.A. 150 Stoker Furnace

PostBy: blue83camaro On: Wed May 30, 2007 2:03 am

Guess i'm a gluten for punishment I prefer the hand fired. I like messing with the fire. In fact some times I like to burn wood instead of anthracite just so I can mess with the fire more. I can't help it i'm a firebug by nature. :)
blue83camaro
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Us Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: 1600G


Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: George-NJ On: Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:51 am

I started out with a hand fired unit the first year that I burned coal, was ok but got tired of hearing how it went out at night or when I was away for the day.

I got a super deal on a autimatic stoker the following year, it was like going from a bicycle to driving a car. I for one would never go back to a hand fired unit.
George-NJ
 

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:05 am

HA! The Manly-Man hand-fed coal burners prevail!!!!!!!

More of us apparently like to "slave over" our hand fed stoves and boilers.

I must confess, I am planning on installing a second stove in the cellar for heat there and to supplement my domestic hot water, and I am considering a stoker......
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: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: xackley On: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:42 am

My plan was to have both, stoker stove in the basement, hand fed in the living area.

My mistake was getting the stoker first. Now the whole living area of the the house is a comfortable 73, the basement a comfortable 60-65 degrees, my wife doesn't see the point of another stove. Hopefully this winter there will be a major power outage to persuade her.

Don
xackley
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Matthaus On: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:28 am

There is not a hand fed man out there who hasn't considered coming over to the girlie side! :clap: :taz:

When you start talking about heating water for the house and for heating there is really no other way. Even coaledsweat is jonesing over getting an Axeman (although he is currently operating a hand fire boiler... real manly man stuff!). :lol:

As Jersey john said in is eloquent piece on Manly Men, there is a certain element of running a hand fed stove that cannot be duplicate with a stoker...... having said that when it comes to being practical (truly a Manly Man trait!) the stoker will always hold the appeal especially for the machine that will toil untended in the basement.

Of course there are those of you out there who will always seek refuge in the basement to watch the blue ladies dance... you all know who you are. :lol: :lol:
Matthaus
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110 Dual Fuel, natural gas
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Lil' Heater (rental house)
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Buckwheat Anthracite

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: JiminBucks On: Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:45 pm

Here is the question I what to pose here! Right now I have a handfired unit hooked up to the fireplace flue and an oil burner with baseboard heat. I was thinking about a stoker to replace the oil burner, big bucks at least a couple of grand? I just picked a Franco Belge for $250 and $100, to tie it into my Chimney. Burning great. Now the question; What about the resale value of my house? Are people become more accepting of "Old Coal" or will they be scared away. I'm sure alot of men will look at the cost of fuel and be glad to have a coal stoker there, but if they are married; I can hear the wife now, "Oh, isn't coal dirty!"
JiminBucks
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFEL \ Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: Classic Lion \ Normandie

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: gaw On: Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:25 am

JiminBucks wrote:Now the question; What about the resale value of my house? Are people become more accepting of "Old Coal" or will they be scared away. I'm sure alot of men will look at the cost of fuel and be glad to have a coal stoker there, but if they are married; I can hear the wife now, "Oh, isn't coal dirty!"

I think the farther you get from NEPA and the coal region the bigger impact you will find. Here in Schuylkill county there are still quite a few houses heated with coal and it does not appear to be an issue. I would think the farther you get away from the coal area the more likely it will turn potential buyers off.
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: chubs On: Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:16 am

gaw wrote:
JiminBucks wrote:Now the question; What about the resale value of my house? Are people become more accepting of "Old Coal" or will they be scared away. I'm sure alot of men will look at the cost of fuel and be glad to have a coal stoker there, but if they are married; I can hear the wife now, "Oh, isn't coal dirty!"


When I bought my house in 1995 it had combustioneer stoker cemented in a old westinghouse cast stove with an outside skin with cold air return blower.

the bank did'nt like the setup and told me i had to replace it. Took me 2 years :roll: , thought they would check to see that i replaced it but never did. Wish it was still there, that stove would cook you out of the house and used very little stoker coal. Anyways kepted everything out in shed for futher use later.
chubs
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: combustioneer 77
Coal Size/Type: pea stoker bit.
Stove/Furnace Make: Combustioneer
Stove/Furnace Model: 77

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:39 pm

JiminBucks wrote:What about the resale value of my house? Are people become more accepting of "Old Coal" or will they be scared away.


I don't think you could get a loan to buy a house with just a coal burner, it would require a Gas/Oil appliance to qualify for the loan. If you have both it would be a bonus to "some" people. I think for the most part, mainstream people will just view it as an oddity rather than embrace it. The rising cost of fuels will definetly start impacting that attitude, just watch the member numbers on this board take off. I'm willing to bet they will at least double by this time next year. :)
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: chubs On: Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:13 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
JiminBucks wrote:What about the resale value of my house? Are people become more accepting of "Old Coal" or will they be scared away.


I don't think you could get a loan to buy a house with just a coal burner, it would require a Gas/Oil appliance to qualify for the loan. If you have both it would be a bonus to "some" people. I think for the most part, mainstream people will just view it as an oddity rather than embrace it. The rising cost of fuels will definetly start impacting that attitude, just watch the member numbers on this board take off. I'm willing to bet they will at least double by this time next year. :)


The bank told me that I would need a force air system. Told them that it was but they would'nt listen :sick: Put in a propane furnace and its been cold since
chubs
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: combustioneer 77
Coal Size/Type: pea stoker bit.
Stove/Furnace Make: Combustioneer
Stove/Furnace Model: 77

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:24 pm

Thats one of the reasons why I replaced the drowned hot air furnace with another oil fired unit, not that I have any plans to sell the place, it's going to be someone else's problem-most likely. Plus we have instant heat when we need it, which is nice. The furnace has maybe 1/2 run time on it now. I should install an hour meter on it just for s@#ts and giggles! Also, I could see myself faxing the estimate to replace the oil fired unit with a coal stoker! Imagine an office full of insurance adjusters and claim processors staring at the fax machine in disbelief! :eek2:
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: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: e.alleg On: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:12 pm

"Also, I could see myself faxing the estimate to replace the oil fired unit with a coal stoker! Imagine an office full of insurance adjusters and claim processors staring at the fax machine in disbelief!"

You need a EFM DF520 baby, that's an oil fired boiler.

<-----girly man for now, I have a pot-belly hand fired but I'm afraid to fire it up inside anything I want to keep.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:19 pm

e.alleg wrote:"Also, I could see myself faxing the estimate to replace the oil fired unit with a coal stoker! Imagine an office full of insurance adjusters and claim processors staring at the fax machine in disbelief!"

You need a EFM DF520 baby, that's an oil fired boiler.

<-----girly man for now, I have a pot-belly hand fired but I'm afraid to fire it up inside anything I want to keep.


Went with a Lennox, the company doing the install recommended it, plus it's a well known brand. It won't even be broken in 10 years from now.

I'd be a little scared of the pot belly. My neighbor has one on her front porch as an ornament. I'd have it in the house!

I still want to connect the stove in the picture, but my wife won't let me. This stove would definitely qualify as hand-fed.
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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