My long term plan finally payed off.

My long term plan finally payed off.

PostBy: btrowe1 On: Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:44 am

I made the switch to coal 6 years ago, before that I was a wood burner. Back use to ache from cutting and stacking the big load. The price at the time was right. $160 a ton for coal,$700 for a truck load that I had to cut. The price of coal has gone up and while looking in the local paper this am I saw that a full 7 cord load of wood has also gone up.. $1050. and one still has to cut and stack. I paid less than that for my load this past winter.. I'm glad I made the switch.. back feels much better also.. :)
btrowe1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska stoker 140 Coal
Stove/Furnace Make: alaska stove

Re: My long term plan finally payed off.

PostBy: rberq On: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:17 pm

Every time now that you look back on wood burning, you will smile. :) Can't think of one single thing about it that I miss.
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: My long term plan finally payed off.

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:32 pm

I was just telling my wife the other day that I should call my buddy whom I used to buy my wood from to see how he is doing and see what he is selling wood for.

I'm pretty sure that it's still more than I'm paying for coal and its not quite as warm either.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator


Re: My long term plan finally payed off.

PostBy: FingerLakesStoker On: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:30 am

I installed my coal boiler 3 years ago. The money I would have spent on propane to heat my house for the winter paid for the boiler and I have been spending about 1/6 the cost of the propane on coal. The best part is the house is nice and toasty all winter long. Bonus this year, as cool as the spring has been with all the rain, it has allowed me the enjoyment of continuing to run my coal boiler. At this rate I may be able to run it into July.
FingerLakesStoker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6 Direct Vent

Re: My long term plan finally payed off.

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:00 am

Why not run the Keystoker all summer? It makes for an easy transition to next winter. :D
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: My long term plan finally payed off.

PostBy: rberq On: Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:20 pm

FingerLakesStoker wrote:I installed my coal boiler 3 years ago. The money I would have spent on propane to heat my house for the winter paid for the boiler and I have been spending about 1/6 the cost of the propane on coal. The best part is the house is nice and toasty all winter long. Bonus this year, as cool as the spring has been with all the rain, it has allowed me the enjoyment of continuing to run my coal boiler. At this rate I may be able to run it into July.

Using your boiler for heat in July is a mixed blessing, at best! :D
My coal stove also paid for itself, and then some, in its first Winter of use. Amazing, isn't it?
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane