Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

Is Burning Coal A Hobby?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:46 pm

I must say that after 25 years of heating my house almost exclusively with a freestanding coal stove, I admitt that I actualy enjoy it!
Obviously, the money savings was (& is) the primary reason for not just turning on my gas fed, forced warm air furnace....but:

1. I love the feeling of being somewhat less at the mercy of OPEC & the greedy oil companys .
2. I like knowing that my house will stay warm even with no electricity.
3. There is nothing like the security of seeing a large pile of coal (bagged, in my case) prior to the onset of winter & large storms.
4. I enjoy the challenge of regulating the stove heat throughout the house.
(it's in a basement family room of a 26'X44' raised ranch)
5. I get a little exercise bringing the coal out back & operating the stove.
6. Coal is one of the few purchases that is an American (not Chinese or Middle Eastern!) product.

Why do you burn coal?
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

PostBy: ken On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:04 pm

sounds like a lot of great reasons :)
ken
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker - Rice Coal
Stove/Furnace Model: 75K - Bay Window - Direct Vent

PostBy: gambler On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:43 pm

I have been heating my home with a stove for 5 years. I started out to save some money on my heating bills and purchased a corn burning stove. All was well and good until last year when the government got involved in the ethanol production and drove up the corn prices. Then I realized that I love heating with a stove and it had become somewhat of a useful hobby but it was costing me as much to heat with the corn stove as it would the gas furnace. The search was on for another stove so that I could continue my love of mechanical machinery and fire and save a few bucks along the way so I ended up getting a coal stove. I had looked at coal stoves 5 years ago when I bought my corn stove and made a bad decision to go with corn because it was easier to get corn and at that time slightly cheaper too. Oh well hind sight is always 20/20. So I guess you could call my stove fettish a hobby.
gambler
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer


PostBy: dll On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:36 pm

How about this:

You know when coal burning is a hobby when:
1. You can't wait to start the stove up at the beginning of the season.
2. Restoking the stove is as enjoyable as restocking the refrigerator with more beer.
3. Taking out the ashes is not a chore, it's a like taking out the empty beer containers.
4. You have all kinds of temperature and draft gages on your system.
5. You are always buying new presents for your system.
6. You take pictures of your system and post them on the Anthracite Coal Forum
7. You log onto the Anthracite Coal Forum more that once a day during the heating season.
8. Shutting down at the end of the season is like putting away your motorcycle for the winter.

please continue adding to the list............
dll
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman MKII
Coal Size/Type: Nut/anthracite

PostBy: stockingfull On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:52 pm

When we bought this (too big for just us) house a year ago, I thought "with the coal furnace, I'll be able to heat this place for the cost of a much smaller house."

All that's proved true and, while I can't run my blower w/o electric power, I do share all the points of satisfaction to one degree or another.

Nice to see that they wear well over time.

I don't know if I'm as gung-ho as dll yet -- but it's early. :wink:
stockingfull
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Yellow Flame
Stove/Furnace Model: W.A. 150 Stoker Furnace

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:42 pm

I knew this would be a fun topic!!

How about this.....Do you drive your wife/kids crazy with your ingenious ideas?


1. My wife enjoys the thermometers in every room motif
2. Both my wife & kids just love hanging a wash on the downstairs clothesline in the winter! (there's a dead run for the electric dryer when I leave the house)
3. My wife drew the line at:
a. using the coalstove to cook on. (figured it would make a great slow cooker for stew, etc)
b. Using a cast iron "iron" (preheated on the coalstove) to iron clothes with.
4. Brings the family together when we all lug two tons of bagged coal around back.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:43 pm

You know coal burning is a hobby when: (to borrow Dll's idea)

You have six wireless indoor/outdoor thermometers strategicaly scattered about the house. (with a few that give you relative humidity readings too, of course)

You test your (multiple) smoke & CO detectors daily

You actually look forward to a major winter storm ( & fantasize that your married kids will lose power & be forced to seek shelter at your place to keep your grandchildren warm.....just long enough to verbally marvel at your genious......& then leave!))




Keep em coming....:)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

PostBy: blue83camaro On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:24 pm

It is definetaly a hobby. I enjoy keeping a fire going. I want to buy coal right now but the price of gas is to cheap and the price of coal is to high. If I had the room I would get a semi load of coal so the price would be low enough to justify burning it. The price of gas has been going up so there is still hope :wink: I have thought of burning bituminous again but since I live in the city I am afraid to tick off my nieghbors. Last year while I was burning bituminous I had a couple of people driving down the road stop to tell me my house was on fire :? . I would hate to have the city make an ordinance against burning coal because of me. Guess i'll have to move to the boonies.
blue83camaro
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Us Stove
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PostBy: dll On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:46 pm

a couple more...

You know coal burning is a hobby when:
.. Your coal system is as clean and polished as your favorite vehicle and your oil (or gas) system is rusting away.
.. You start thinking of ways to (fill in the blank) with your coal system.
.. You throw a beer party after you have filled the coal bin.
.. Your coal bin looks neater than your garage.
.. Your wife says there is too much dust from the coal, she tells you that you get rid of the coal or she will leave, you kiss her goodby.
dll
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman MKII
Coal Size/Type: Nut/anthracite

PostBy: MrP57 On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:18 pm

I never thought of it as a hobby, But, Maybe you’re right. After reading dll’s post, I fit right in there. This summer I had some withdraw when I shut the stoker down. I bought a small charcoal cooker and turned to smoking meat for the summer, just to fill the gap. Now the cold weather is back, the stove is running, ahhhh. :)
MrP57
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystroker
Stove/Furnace Model: Koker

PostBy: New York Bear On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:27 pm

Well, I'm a reformed wood burner, so I guess this is a new hobby for me. I was sitting in front of stove this morning watching the blue flames floating up, and thinking, this is too easy! Not near as involved as using wood, so will be looking at others ideas to help occupy my time. :)
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PostBy: Ed.A On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:00 pm

Never thought of alternate heating as a hobby, actually haulin' wood, splitting stacking....yayda..yayda.. not much of a hobby. That's why I went for coal, and it's not very prevelent around my area of CT or basically anywhere in Ct for that matter, people constantly cock an eyebrow when I mention Coal.

Now then, since I bought my Channing ..

I also have multiple thermometers with remotes.

I have bags stacked (neatly) in the stove room, and realign them every other day.

I have multiple venting system ideas that ruin my train of thought everynight at work.

I spend more time just settn' in front of the stove and noddingly approving of my choice of Heat
.

http://www.nepadigital.com is my Homepage......
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:52 pm

Absolutely have to have my wife read this thread. She's getting tired of me calling her upstairs with the words "You've got to read this!".

By the way, this room is currently 71.6 degrees F, with a relative humidity of 37%.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:18 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:Absolutely have to have my wife read this thread. She's getting tired of me calling her upstairs with the words "You've got to read this!".

By the way, this room is currently 71.6 degrees F, with a relative humidity of 37%.




Ahhh...But are all your rooms 71.6 degrees with a RH of 37%.....That's they key!
(where I am sitting it is 72 degrees with a RH of 39%......won't have to start the console humidifier for a few more weeks, I figure)
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Nov 03, 2007 8:54 am

Devil5052 wrote:
Wood'nCoal wrote:Absolutely have to have my wife read this thread. She's getting tired of me calling her upstairs with the words "You've got to read this!".

By the way, this room is currently 71.6 degrees F, with a relative humidity of 37%.




Ahhh...But are all your rooms 71.6 degrees with a RH of 37%.....That's they key!
(where I am sitting it is 72 degrees with a RH of 39%......won't have to start the console humidifier for a few more weeks, I figure)


No, all the rooms are different temperatures, depending on the air currents from the Harman and the insulation (or lack of it) in that area of the house. Obviously I have not spend enough time thinking of ways to circulate the heat around. More to think about when I'm taking care of other things. :pottytrain5:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert