Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

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Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

PostBy: genexpres On: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:28 am

Looking for sharing supplier list, shared resource for burning coal.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II

Re: Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:33 am

Hi there genexpres, I live about 20 miles N.W. of Philadelphia out here in the suburbs, Harleysville, Pa. to be exact... What is it that you are looking to do???

Murdoc
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Re: Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

PostBy: Ashcat On: Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:17 pm

30 minutes west-southwest.
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Re: Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

PostBy: genexpres On: Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:36 pm

I will have my harman II install next week. It is rather rare so in Philly suburb.
Want to share some I learn and want to learn from one who shared.

1. Found a bulk coal venfor in Kensington (of all the places) at $300/ton delivered.
Anyone found any thing better? anyone want to pool in for a large load from upstate?
2. got an old harman II that does not have a "reburn" chamber. Thinking about getting the "magic heat" reclaimer to improve efficiency. Recommendation?
3. burn dust is a concern, any trick to mininize it?
4. still try to get some idea about building a bin for the coal. (picture worth thousand words).
5. Anything I missed?
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II

Re: Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:23 pm

$300/ton might be a bit much depending where you are in relation to other delivery people.

I don't think the heat reclaimer will do much for you. Do you have a barometric damper installed, this will help retain heat in your stove rather than having it go up the chimney and it will help extend your burn times and help minimize coal usage.

I would recommend a manometer to properly set the weight on the barometric damper.

To minimize dust...get coal oiled when delivered or wet it down a little with water prior to bringing it in the house. Turn off distribution fan prior to loading and shaking down / taking out ash pan. Get a flat fireplace ash shovel to empty out ash pan area since with your Mark II a lot of it will miss the pan when shaking down. Use this shovel slowly and carefully to minimize airborn fly ash - also if you have the ash pan directly in front of the stove and you gently slide ashes off the shovel as you bring them out of the ash pan area most fly ash that does float will get sucked back in by the draft. I have a second ash pan and I let the full one cool next to the stove prior to taking it outside to dump. Cool ash is less likely to float around as I am carrying it outside. I highly recommend that you do not step on the cat while carrying the ash outside as this makes a HUGE dust cloud. :shock:

There are many ideas on the forum for using a shop vac in the vicinity for loading and ash removal to capture any dust that does get airborn.
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Re: Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

PostBy: jrn8265 On: Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:19 am

I live in Media PA (10 miles west of Philly) and Lutzes coal yard will deliver cheaper than $300 per ton.

I used them before and I think they are $240 a ton and $50 for the delivery,

They also have a hi lift.
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Re: Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

PostBy: genexpres On: Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:28 pm

Thank you Jr and Titl.
clarification: "get coal oiled"?

Anyone want to pool-in resource to get a big load deliver to Philly from upstate, please contact me at genexpre@hotmail.com
I need 2 ton to start.

Thank you all for this wonderful forum.
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Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II

Re: Anyone burning coal in Philadelphia area?

PostBy: genexpres On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:02 pm

Got my harman II installed with a magic heat reclaimer.
It worked wonder. The heat out put is tremendous. 75F in a 1500sqft open space while 25F outside.
I use mix fuel (wood and coal).
Put couple of fire bricks to cover about 70% of the grate surface. I left an expose area mid-section of the stove, once good-burning, fill the exposed area with coal... Nirvana...

Also ordered 1/2 ton of coal from http://www.johnnyscoal.com in bags. Delivered for $150 (he added two extra 50lb bag).
Very decent deal, i thouhgt.

With couple extra case of shotgun shell and a pallet of instant noodle, I am ready for 2012...
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II

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