Hi, I am new to the world of coal stoves and I have been renovating my house that was built in the 19th century. Part of the renovation included paying a company to line my chimney with a ss liner and fill the rest with a lime based insuland tion around the liner. My father works as a engineer for the local coal power plant and warned me about the corrosiveness of the ash mixing with moisture in the air, which will create sulfuric acid and eat away at the liner if not properly cleaned on a regular basis.
My first question about the ash issue is, will Bituminous coal cause more issues with this vs. Anthracite? I have been reading and it seems that Anthracite is a much better way to go for home heating. I want to drive up to Northern is and pick some of this Anthracite up but first I need to ask a few more questions. I live in Richmond VA and no one sells coal around here, so PA is my closest bet, not to mention it is where you find the anthracite vs VA where you find bituminous.
one of my major questions is, will my stove be able to burn Anthracite? I emailed a Penn. coal distributer and attached a photo of the model stove I have a long with questions on their pricing. The gentleman said he doesn't my stove was made to burn Anthracite and that I should burn "soft coal" or Bituminous. My dealing with Bituminous coal is that it is dirty, a lot dirtier than Anthracite and the it has a lot more impurities that burn off into the air than Anthracite. What advantage do I have to burning bit coal over Anthracite other than quicker light time? And why wouldn't my potbelly coal stove be able to burn Anthracite?
This is a photo of the stove after being sandblasted and put back together with cording to to make it more air tight.
Here is an image of it burning some wood to cure the stove polish before I put it in the house.
It is a Pearl stove No. 12 made by the Armstrong Stove & MFG Co. Perryville MD. But that is all I know about it. I can't find any other information about this stove, but I have seen other members on this board posting photos of their potbelly stove burning Anthracite, so I thought to myself, why can't this one?
Let me just say that I have no other form of heating in my house other than a few baseboards left on the first floor that I really don't want to use and will soon be taken out as well, so I would like the most efficient type and size of coal that will burn in this stove. I will be using this coal/wood stove to heat the house, as it would have been in the 19th century. The original chimney was made for a coal fireplace/insert but a previous owner tried to make it into a wood fireplace and ruined it, which is why I had it restored and lined. I have a small victorian parlor wood stove for the upstairs and a few other flues to add some more stoves on it I want to.
Victorian Parlor stove
Warm Morning stove 414A ( I believe this one was designed for burning Bituminous coal)
After you all help me establish which type of coal I should use for this potbelly, I will need to know what is the best size?
of course they have stove coal but maybe it is a little large for this potbelly? it is a rather decent size fire pot though. Would the nut size be a the best route to go? or is the stove size a good way to go?
So before I make the trip up to PA to buy as much coal as I can please help me figure this all out!