Short Bus wrote:
Running it hard probably makes it burn better, and possibly more efficient, less vaporization of fuel before combustion.
I have a 40 year old automated stoker under a boiler in the garage, keeps the ash out of the house.
You are going to burn a lot of coal, 25 pounds of coal for every gallon of diesel you replace.
If your old furnace burned half a gallon every hour you now need to move at least 12 pounds of coal every hour, coal can become a material handling problem.
And that assumes you get the rated BTU from the coal in your stove.
We ARE burning a lot of coal, and have been for 10 days. We probably average 120 lbs a day, keeping the home at around 62. We're fine with that temp, but it being only October, we're going to need another dump truck load to get us through the winter. I've already tightened-up the home and insulated, and I've been working with the stove settings to try and optimize the burn.
I'm getting fairly nice stove temps with low chimney pipe temps, so what BTUs are available from the Sub-Bit are going into the home. We'll probably get a 2nd stove down the road. It's just the wife and I, so if we have to shut off the upstairs to get us through, no big deal. Still, at these prices and, it makes sense over fuel oil.
Murphyslaw: It was $80/Ton 2.5 Weeks ago, they said there was going to be a price increase soon, but didn't say when or how much.
Did I understand you correctly, that you got 72 degree temps in a 2400 sq/ft space burning only 3 tons in a wood stove with a modified grate? Was that in Alaska, burning Healy Coal? Dude, I have got to talk to you and get some advice!