How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: Cyber36 On: Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:28 pm

ablumny wrote:4th year, coal only heat. Awesome!

X2 Using Anthratcite
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Marathon/Logwood

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:34 pm

Not long enough, I shudder at the money I spent on propane before I found that I could heat with coal.

I joined the forum about one week after I started trying to burn coal, locally aquired Bit coal, 50% fines, basicly waste from a coal yard. It didn't burn well at all, so I went searching for an education. That was the fall of '05, So this is my 7th heating season.

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: jkabdoors On: Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:42 pm

This is our first year and love it. Rice coal and almost a 5gal pail in the hopper every day. Is that to much or is that another question?
jkabdoors
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono


Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:43 pm

jkabdoors wrote:This is our first year and love it. Rice coal and almost a 5gal pail in the hopper every day. Is that to much or is that another question?


Depends on how cold it is in your area......how big of a house you have......insulation.....doors.....windows. A lot of factors to figure in.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: newbie in ny On: Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:23 pm

this is 2nd year burning, both son in laws were burning coal 2 years prior to that, after checking theirs out,I realized it wasn't as dirty or as much work as people think it is. Sorry that we didn't start years earlier! Just think of all that money that we spent on propane!
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker 160
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:55 pm

44 years
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Stove/Furnace Make: AXEMAN-ANDERSON & EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 & 900 x 2

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: BrotherDave On: Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:47 pm

It would be one full year this month.

3 months burning nut and stove in the Godin and the King, Jan - March.

Since June 1 running the VF, the oil burner is getting cobwebs.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Godin 3727 / King KCC205
Stove/Furnace Make: King/Godin/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: KCC205/3727/VF3000

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:51 pm

MATTHEW D. wrote:44 years


Wow!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: bbarry On: Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:54 pm

26 years, 19 years hand fired and the last 7 using a stoker. All anthracite :)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak Stoker Stove II

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: CoalWrangler On: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:33 am

This is my 2nd winter heating with coal. First winter heated with my Surdiac and this year with the Hitzer 983 - wow what a difference! The Surdiac was a great stove to learn on, but the Hitzer sure makes life easier - and warmer. Take care, CW
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 983

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: steamup On: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:44 pm

3rd year - first two with K-6 in workshop only. This year AA-130 and K-6 for both workshop and house.
steamup
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson AA-130, Keystoker K-6
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: HS Tarm 502 Wood/Coal/Oil
Coal Size/Type: pea, buck, rice

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: cdmckane On: Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:39 pm

This is the first winter we've burned coal. Wife and I closed on our first home in August. Alaska Channing III burning rice. Previous owners said they only used "2 1/2-3 ton a year". They were wrong, or they only fired the stove when it got damn cold. I've burned almost two ton, have another 1.4 ton in the shed and will probably get another 10 bags or so before spring. Definitely building a bin so I can buy it bulk next fall.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:18 pm

cdmckane wrote:Previous owners said they only used "2 1/2-3 ton a year". They were wrong, or they only fired the stove when it got damn cold.


There is a big difference between "How much coal do you burn in a year?" and "How much coal does it take to keep the house at 73 all winter?" :)

It could be worse...the previous owners of my house said they burned "a couple cords" of wood and 500 gallons of fuel oil in a year. I called the local firewood dealer and found out they were his best customer, 15 full cords of firewood per winter (Plus the fuel oil!!). :lol: I'm on track to keep the house toasty all winter for 8 tons.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: cdmckane On: Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:37 pm

I don't know how warm we're keeping the house. When it gets cool, we turn the feed up, and turn it down when it gets warm. I'm guessing 70-75. We'll kill the stove altogether when it's forecast to get over 45-50 for the day, then fire it up again before bed. I figure it'll end up around 4 ton. I'll just build a bin to hold 7 and order 5 next year and see how it goes.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Re: How many winters (years) have you been heating with coal?

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:46 pm

quattro mesi..................................................................................................................................alright, 4 months.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace