Coal Burning Safety

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: BDHodosn On: Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:20 am

[quote=]Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is a better idea. Actually the "bag" the fire dept. drops down your chimney is just a large amount of baking soda. It smothers the fire. I know this for a fact (been there, done that).[/quote]

+1 for Na bicarbonate. It was SOP for us (former lab pack chemist) in the field. Should a chemist happen upon some potassium rods that happen to find air...

Yeah, sodium bicarbonate can be a life saver.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: Model 82UL

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: 009to090 On: Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:54 am

BDHodosn wrote:Yeah, sodium bicarbonate can be a life saver.


BJ's sells 5lb boxes of A&H's finest for just a couple bucks. We keep several boxes stocked at the house. Just put them in a ziplock bag to keep them from hardening.
25 years ago, I bought a flare-style chimney fire suppressor. Never had to use it (knock on wood).

I also believe in the Bucket-O-Sand theory of safety. It can be used on an out-of-control fire, or on the ice & snow patches to keep you from slipping and landing on yer butt :oops: Which I think is ALOT more common than out-of-control fires.
Since we installed our coal stove, we keep a large bucket of ash by the garage door, to spread around when things really get slippery. :D
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: ColdinVT On: Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:12 pm

Hi guys , I have a stove clearance issue..I guess it would fit in this thread..I own a Heatrola Home Heater, It will hold about a 5 gallon bucket of nut coal. It is surrounded by a sheet metal enclosure that sits about 6 inches away from the outside of the fire pot on all sides and extends up to about 6 inches above the top of the stove. It kinda looks like an old refrigerator. LOL . My question is how far away from a combustable wall should I set this stove?? What about a slate covered wall? I plan to set down a fairly large slate pad to sit it on.. because the basement has a wood sub floor being installed. It won't be sitting on the sub floor but the sub floor will surround it. Thanks !!!
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Stove/Furnace Make: Breckwell
Stove/Furnace Model: Big E


Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:24 pm

ColdinVT wrote: My question is how far away from a combustable wall should I set this stove?? What about a slate covered wall? I plan to set down a fairly large slate pad to sit it on.. because the basement has a wood sub floor being installed. It won't be sitting on the sub floor but the sub floor will surround it. Thanks !!!


Check the archives. This subject has been talked about at length. Try the subject “distance to combustibles.” The bottom line is what does the stove's manufacturer say and what does your county or city code require. They will spell everything out for you. If the county code doesn't address coal stoves - mine doesn't - look at the code for wood burning stoves or supplemental heating appliances. Most counties have it all on line now.

I know that some folks don’t go through the hassle of getting the stove installment inspected but I strongly recommend it. You may only need the inspection approval once during the time you live in your house – the morning after the fire - but then it will be too late to get it. Good luck, Lisa
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Devil505?

PostBy: hackingmyharman On: Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:21 pm

Hi, I'm a newbie coal burner looking for advice on operating my Harman TLC 2000. I live in Wisconsin, so except for a few Amish nearby, no one knows anything about coal stoves. I've watched Devil505's excellent video and learned quite a bit but still have questions. I can't find Devil on this forum anymore and was wondering if anyone knew how to contact him. He seems to be a veteran coal burner in the group. Thanks for any info you can offer. Kevin
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC 2000

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: Sting On: Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:27 pm

Kevin - Where are you getting your coal in Wisconsin ? Cost?
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Other Heating: BurnHAM=NG-gas

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: hackingmyharman On: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:36 pm

Sting,

I just bought my second ton of Blaschak nut coal for $330 from an Amish gentleman(Lark Country Store) near Shawano, WI, about 30 minutes from Green Bay. I see you are in the Valley. How long have you been burning coal? You can contact me at Xldrunner55@AOL.com if you want since this is a bit off topic.

Kevin
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC 2000

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: stretchharpo On: Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:34 am

i like the sand idea
one other thing not mentioned here
how about a good woman to empty ash ...shovel coal...and keep the fire hot
just dreaming i guess
stretchharpo
 
Stove/Furnace Make: harman
Stove/Furnace Model: mark 2

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: coalkirk On: Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:48 am

dreams can come true.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:25 pm

coalkirk wrote:dreams can come true.
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:drool: :nana: :nana: :nana: What is she standing next too ?
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Stove/Furnace Make: axeman anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 anthratube

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: YZF1R On: Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:59 pm

My stove seems to be burning hotter tonight than usual. Feels awful warm in here. Think I better turn it down some.

Steve
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Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine
Stove/Furnace Model: 1400 Circulator W/Magazine

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: david78 On: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:11 pm

Pretty nice install there.
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Baseburners & Antiques: Fuller & Warren Splendid Oak 27
Coal Size/Type: Nut

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: sta2butler On: Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:11 am

I am a Firefighter in Gary Indiana
One of my concerns of using a vacuum to clean up around a stove is that , Imagine If an ember is picked up durning cleaning , there is dust ,hair,carpet fibers and whatever else (fuel) inside the bag , now compound this with the air swirling around. these conditions could be perfect for the ember to ignite. Ushally after vacuuming we put our vacuum away in the closet where its stored. Its now out of sight and in an area with hanging cloths. Think of Safety. Thats my tip .


I am looking to purchase coal in bulk,
email ----> sta2butler@comcast.net
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: #983

Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: sta2butler On: Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:27 am

SHES HOTTER THAN COAL!!!! You Lucky son of a gun!!!


coalkirk wrote:dreams can come true.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
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Re: Coal Burning Safety

PostBy: DennisH On: Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:24 pm

Great idea about the Sodium BiCarb for smothering a fire. I just got a 50# bag from a local feed store for $12. It's used in some livestock for a feed supplement, so look for a feed store to get it relatively cheaply. I now have a large pail full of it on the back wall of my basement, near the wood/coal furnace, just in case.............

The value again of this forum!
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon-Eagle Klondike IV
Other Heating: Propane