Have kept fire burning 5 days now. New to coal. Bought a hand fired Harmon TLC 1000 in order to stay warm. My dear husband went along with the request.
Now I have soot and ash issues. It is all over the house and I have nice furniture, lampshades and oriental rugs. I washed the hardwood and tile floors yesterday and they were gritty within two hours. I have dusted the wooden furniture with Pledge wipes and the dust returns within hours. How does a user live with this mess?
It is like black soot on everything. Fortunately I covered the upholstered furniture with sheets before lighting. I am getting ready to vacuum my lamp shades. They were white but now are covered with black soot. I have tried to be very careful and keep the ash pan door closed when shaking the unit down and waited several minutes to open the door. I am going to keep the door closed when loading nest time I fill the stove.
I have a wet towel that I clean the stove with after shaking down. I have sprayed the coal with a Windex bottle containing water, prior to loading and am getting ready to hook up a garden hose in the basement to spray down the coal bin. But the coal dust is not in the dining room as much because I shut it off to save heat, and it is the room directly over the coal bin. The most soot and dust is in the living room where I have fine antiques, oriental carpets, parquet floors, white wood work and Waterhouse wall paper. I cannot clean every two hours. The soot and dust are in all rooms that were open including bedrooms on the second floor. The kitchen tabler constantly gets a thin film of black as do the granite countertops. While coal is definitely cheaper than $700/ month natural gas house at 60 degrees, the cost of replacing, painting, cleaning could way exceed the savings on heat, No central vacuum option. 1870 Italianate three story brick with plaster walls/wood lath. Current heat is gas steam on first floor/ forced air gas on 2 & 3 floors.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
I tried to search for this issue with different phrases and could not find anything on this topic. Sorry for posting it here. I must be doing something wrong. It is impossible to be this dirty.