I plan on making the leap this heating season (2011-2012). My appliance is a Vogelzang, Norseman 2500 (pic)
For obvious reasons, I am now ready and fully convinced that coal is the way to go. I have done my reading and have enough experience with my appliance for support. I understand that firing a coal fire requires patience, and God willing, I will have that as well. I have done business with Squire in Monson, MA and the advice and service is great, price is competitive, if not lowest. They stock Blaschak in all sizes. I anticipate using "nut" (aprox. walnut sized ?). I am planning on placing a 3 ton order, but need some reassurances.
My only remaining question regards Vogelzang product warning: "Not for Anthricite Coal burning". I am aware of the differences between bituminous and anthricite, but once again for obvious reasons why even consider the bituminous, aside from this warning? I called Vogelzang and they say 2 things (1) anthricite is harder to fire and keep burning, and, (2) the higher BTU's risk over-firing which may damage the furnace. Good advice, no doubt. But is it a deal killer? The Norseman 2500 is actually manufactered in China, and is well made. I have also noticed that it seems like a generic design/build with other stove merchandisers offering the exact same product under different labels. Pretty sturdy, the firebox is cast with firebrick, and it drafts quite well. Again, I am impressed with it and it meets all my expectations.
My overriding concern is safety. First, I do not want to burn down my house, and when I decided 4 years ago to proceed with a secondary heating system, I accepted that using fire requires great respect and awareness. Secondly, I must protect my investment choosing not to harm my equipment. I am more that aware of the increased patience required for coal burning, and also know that over-firing can crack the best made stoves regardless of warnings. Ever see a warning about STUPIDITY?
OK now for my requested information. Does anyone have knowledge or experience with my equipment and or concerns? Anyone out there got a Vogelzang Norseman 2500 or similar unit, and burns anthricite? Anything similar? General coal burning suggestions? Warnings?
Thank you in advance. LOU
. It is an add-on, forced hot air unit, which has custom ductwork on 1st floor, and uses central A/C ductwork to reach the 2cd floor. Works great and is everything I expected after a couple tweeks. I have burned cordwood mostly, and some bio-brick for the last 3 years.