After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: coal berner On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:31 pm

stoker-man wrote:I don't know if you're asking me, but here are some pictures of my wagon. I used all scrap steel from other projects. The frame is 2 x 4 sq. tubing from shelving. The pneumatic wheels are rated for 800#. The center of gravity is a little forward, but the air space afforded by the bucket balances a full load perfectly. It's a prototype, so I made a good guess. The cart holds about 600# and the handlebar is removable by loosening two bolts and pulling it out. The total construction is welded and the boards in front and back are removable for easy shoveling. I'd say that one cart lasts 10 days.

2x4x4=32 divided by 40 cubic ft = 0.8 tons
4x4x4= 64 divided by 40 CF.=1.6 tons
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
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Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:47 pm

I'll pass on coal for the Summer. A 5 gallon bucket of wood is all I need to make hot water for the day. And you can see 10 cords of wood behind me under the shed.

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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
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Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: coal berner On: Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:44 pm

stoker-man wrote:I'll pass on coal for the Summer. A 5 gallon bucket of wood is all I need to make hot water for the day. And you can see 10 cords of wood behind me under the shed.

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Yea use if you got it before it rots and gets full of bugs .
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
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Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: stoker-man On: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:56 pm

Everything to the left of where I'm standing and the entire cliff area burned to the ground (the shed) in 1988. The woodpile of 10 cords became 10 cords of charcoal. It took a few years to burn it and the house smelled all the time of charcoal. That's just a memory now, but I wasn't going to waste any wood.

The only thing that saved the barn was the arrival of the fire company and the stucco siding.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:14 pm

Outstanding kid pix--they're big enough to move some wood around ;)
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Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:05 pm

The bride's been complaining ever since I ran out of coal about how cold the house is now. Hurry up Spring. I have to restrain myself NOT to buy another half-ton of coal.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:57 pm

Oh go ahead and do it...you can always use it. :D
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
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Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:26 pm

Do you need an investment? Buy some more oil before it goes up. Or keep the bride happy with the coal heat that no one EVER complains about :!: :roll:
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Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:05 pm

Nope, no oil. I've never heated with oil; only wood until this year.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:05 pm

stoker-man wrote:Nope, no oil. I've never heated with oil; only wood until this year.


That is something to be proud of :!: Never heating with oil.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:07 pm

Agreed!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
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Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: After 33 years of exclusively wood heating, I'm trying coal

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:38 pm

I can't wait until I can say that my days of heating with oil and/or electricity are over.
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