My Coal Usage

Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: EasyRay On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:29 am

Our house is all electric also, but we never turn the heat on. The only good thing about having this house built for electric heat back in 1972, is it is very well insulated. We only used the electric heat for about three years before I built a chimney and started to burn coal. We still use an electric hot water heater and in the the winter our electric bill runs around $110 a month. Thats not to bad for having one of the highest electric rates in the country. I don't even want to think about what it would cost to heat this house with total electric heat.
I had coal left from last year so I bought two full pallets of bagged santa coal, 120 bags for $672. That gave me a total of 156 bags which is enough for the season for me.
Now I'm fat,dumb,happy,and warm. ;) :D
EasyRay
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman TLC 2000
Coal Size/Type: Pea,Nut or Stove

Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: Bootstrap On: Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:41 am

A guy here at work has a house that's like yours with electric heat.....$1000 per month to heat it.
Bootstrap
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 30-95

Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: EasyRay On: Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:53 am

Is that his total bill or above what he normally would pay?
EasyRay
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman TLC 2000
Coal Size/Type: Pea,Nut or Stove


Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: lsayre On: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:38 pm

I used to have winter months of up to 5,000 to 6,000 KWH monthly electricity usage (Dec, Jan, Feb) before I switched to heating my home with coal. Now my electricity usage is holding steady at about 500 KWH/month. Everything in my home except heat is still coming from electricity.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: Bootstrap On: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:58 pm

EasyRay wrote:Is that his total bill or above what he normally would pay?


total. summer months he's around $100 per month. So basically he's paying $900 per month for crappy electric heat.
Bootstrap
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 30-95

Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:51 am

Resolute0058 wrote:
My neighborhood cannot use fuels of any kind so the few of us that had stoves before that restriction got lucky. Neighborhood is 100% electric and the first year i lived there i was dying with a $450 electric bill each month that would barely drop to $375 if it was warmer and we turned it down to 63. Last year i spend ~$350 on coal to heat the home 95% of the entire winter season aside from when we traveled. I consider these things black gold with how much money anthracite has saved me.


I am curious what kind of neighborhood can restrict how you heat your house? Is it one of those all powerful Home Owners Associations I hear about?
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: jeff216410 On: Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:12 am

I currently burn about 65 pounds of coal a day in my Leisure Line boiler. It heats the entire house plus hot water. Works great! House is a large ranch built in 59 and much of it is not so well insulated but I'm slowly working on that. I changed 6 windows in the house a few years back and cut my Oct-April coal use by a full ton.
jeff216410
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Liesure Line Hearth

Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: Resolute0058 On: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:56 am

titleist1 wrote:I am curious what kind of neighborhood can restrict how you heat your house? Is it one of those all powerful Home Owners Associations I hear about?


yup. planned development back in the 70's. underground lines and a mixture of standard houses and sections of condo's. Luckily, the original owner of the place got the stove and chimney in early. There's worse things, but electric heat is something I'll never flirt with again. I replaced the HVAC system when we moved in to make the rest efficient at least. winter is around $100 a month and summer is around $160 with the central air crankin. overall i am happy with the outcome and our 1.5 ton consumption for a whole season of heating.
Resolute0058
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II

Re: My Coal Usage

PostBy: Resolute0058 On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:18 am

looks like this warmer weather is determined to end the season. I decided to let it shut down for the season. no point in wasting the coal on over heating the house with the windows open anymore.
Resolute0058
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II