Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:40 am

It's a religion. Every day when I walk in from the cold outside and feel that warmth, it's the most satifying feeling to know that it is due to a tiny little coal fire in my basement and not some overpriced stinky fuel oil from a towel head in the middle east.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:42 pm

Hahaha towel head. I knew a guy that calls 'em Jelly Jars, you know how they put red and white checked cloth on Ball jars with country jam in them.....
Dann757
 

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: stockingfull On: Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:17 pm

This should be merged with the Blue Dancers thread! :lol:

As I noted there, I think the draw of the fire is as primordial as the disappearance of the pigment from our skin. Both occurred as our ancient ancestors migrated away from the tropics, got less sunlight, and needed more heat....
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Stove/Furnace Make: Yellow Flame
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Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: TimfromPittsburgh On: Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:22 pm

I have been heating our 2500 sq ft house for 26 years now with wood and coal. Use coal for the coldest periods and wood otherwise. Also have oil backup. I like the money that I save but more importantly I like not having to depend on anybody else for fuel.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Tarm
Stove/Furnace Model: 502

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:42 pm

TimfromPittsburgh wrote:I have been heating our 2500 sq ft house for 26 years now with wood and coal. Use coal for the coldest periods and wood otherwise.


Wow! I burned wood one year & would never go back to it, even if it was free. Coal spoiled me forever! :up:
(it's so much easier to burn & store than wood)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
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Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: OldAA130 On: Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:38 pm

Devil505 wrote:Wow! I burned wood one year & would never go back to it, even if it was free. Coal spoiled me forever! :up:
(it's so much easier to burn & store than wood)


Yea, but the burning wood smells soooooooooo goooooooood! The smell of burning coal reminds me of when my mother in law farts at the dinner table. :lol:
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Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:43 pm

Hobby for some, therapy for others. :)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Dann757 On: Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:21 pm

HAHAHAHA! Those must be the chicken dinners!
Dann757
 

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Jeddbird On: Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:56 pm

I never thought about it but I guess it i a hobby, with the amount of time I spend fooling with the house to heat it better.
Jeddbird
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Dutchwest
Stove/Furnace Model: Federal

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Ed.A On: Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:56 pm

Necessity, either pay the Electric Company and/or supplement with wood. Did both, now I pay 1/3 for the season. It's economics stupid.
Ed.A
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Paulie On: Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:00 pm

Who you callin' " Stupid"? Electric heat......now that is not just stupid, that is really really amazingly stupid. :shock:
Money, entertainment,gadgets, art, history, survival, and geopolitical
relevance, they are all part of the Anthracite Advantage. Burn On Baby! :D
Paulie
 
Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
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Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Cold_Mainer On: Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:31 pm

Hobby.....hmmmm.... all I know is I've a stack temp with insert able probe and digital read out, built several spreadsheets to tract coal usage, power consumption form stove, outside temperature, and a small IR gun to monitor my stove and duct work temps, new brighter fluorescent tube light so I could see things better around my stove, tried everything in the basement to clean the glass on the door (give that up by the way), tried a whole buncha different stuff to light coal with (stay away from the pyrodex by the way),.............hobby?

Need one last thing......a remote weather station that I can monitor outdoor temps and several room temps in the house without breaking the bank.....hobby?
Cold_Mainer
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Pocono BV 90,000 BTU
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: JohnnyAsbury On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:54 pm

Its a hobby ! I love it, and I love telling my friends about it. When I show them, they get jealous....I think a lot would like a hobby like mine. ;)
JohnnyAsbury
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: 90 - Direct vent

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:36 am

Cold_Mainer wrote:Need one last thing......a remote weather station


You mean with two outside temps, inside temp, two wind speeds, wind direction, rain gauge, barometer, wind chill, that has a clock and records high & low of everything? Yaaaaa, that'd be cool. **smile** On my Christmas wish list is software to hook it up to the computer & have a running record.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:54 am

You guys have waaaaaayyyyyyyy too much free time!!! But no one ever gets hurt with your hobbies. When it's 15 below and the wind is blowing, just getting back inside to a warm house makes it all worth while. Get some fresh fuel for the snowblower, here it comes again. We're looking at 10 to 17 inches.......and some of you thought about putting away the winter toys......
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
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Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB