I'm new to coal heating, I was given an old Glacier Bay model CFI stove mfg. in 1980 per the nameplate. I think this is the same as the Gibraltar line of stoves. It's a nice solid unit, has all the original parts except the shaker handle (anyone know where I can get a 5/8 inch square drive socket so I can "make" one, or recommend a cheap generic 5/8 drive shaker handle- the Gibraltar Co. one is $44 !)
I have an exterior masonry chimney, terra cota lined, which was built a couple years ago. I have the stove in the basement of a 2 story house that's about 1200 sq. feet, old windows and no insulation (house built circa 1920). I hooked it up with 72 inches of eight inch stovepipe stovepipe running from top of stove to the thimble thru the basement wall, and put an in-line damper about 18 inches off the first elbow coming out of the stove.
Had my first coal fire yesterday- I had no problems getting it fired up on my first try! I had a nice bed of coals going up to the top of the fire brick, but unf. I only had three 50 lb bags of nut that I overpaid for from a fuel oil dealer who "dabbles" in coal on the side. But I wanted to "test drive" burning coal before buying a truckload.
I seem to be getting good draft, but do you think 72 inches of stovepipe with 3/4 in. per foot rise is too much from stove to thimble? I worry the outside flue might not be getting hot enough, as I do get kind of an oily smell coming off the stove (or is that normal for coal?) I don't want to end up with carbon monoxide issues.
Also, I live in Milford NJ 08848. Any recommendations for delivery options/prices?
Also, how much will I need per season to heat an unisulated 1200 sq foot house with stove in basement and just letting heat rise via gravity? Any estimates?