Using less or about the same

Using less or about the same

PostBy: fastcat On: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:18 pm

Lets see how many people are using less coal this year or about the same as last year which was much colder. I am using about the same as last year even though it has been much warmer this year and I'm not burning the stove as hot as last year. Go figure. Fired up Oct 15 :confused:
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut/Stove Mix

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: Bear038 On: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:31 pm

I have not been burning the stove as hot as last year, or as long. I am clearly using less, but I also made changes in the stove, that is I put in a MPD and did away with the baro. Stove has been GREATLY more efficient this way. So combine higher efficiency, and warmer winter it is clearly using at least a ton less this year, maybe a ton and a half less.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:36 pm

I can't speak for any of you other more mature gentleman, :clap: toothy but, I like this old farm house nice & toasty at all times. I might be using a little less this year, nothing to jump up & down about, but I'm sure it will all wash out in the 3 ton per season range when it's all said & done. ;) Big question would be, who lit up when??? Personally, hell, I forget. :shock:
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Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: rberq On: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:50 pm

fastcat wrote:I am using about the same as last year even though it has been much warmer this year and I'm not burning the stove as hot as last year.

Same here. Seems harder to keep the house warm. :?: :!: :?:
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: DennisH On: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:55 pm

This is my first full heating season with coal, and I haven't used as much as I thought I would. At the moment, here in the U.P. of Michigan, the furnace is purring away and keeping the house nice and toasty! :D :D
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon-Eagle Klondike IV
Other Heating: Propane

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:10 pm

Using about the same, but the house is a hell of alot warmer ... and the oil tank MUCH more full. 8-)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:24 pm

Less this year...
Burned Pea all season...
Usually go to Nut In the middle of the season...
Most seasons will burn a little over 4 ton...
This season might use 2 ton...
The cold and wind kill me due to the lack of insulation in the walls...
The insulation situation is changing but the warm winter was a big help...
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Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: EasyRay On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:31 pm

Except for a few colder days, I've only been shaking and reloading once a day for ninety five percent of this season. :D
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman TLC 2000
Coal Size/Type: Pea,Nut or Stove

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: joeq On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:46 pm

I'm burning about the same, only cause it's my 1st season, and have nothing to compare it to.Also, only using it for back-up.Still experimenting, but seems like a little over a bag a day of pea, mixed with nut.Wondering if a baro damper will help. Right now haven't got any flu damper.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:54 pm

Less. I just finished up ton two out of three. Last year I was just cutting into my fourth ton. I fired up the weekend of the Halloween snow storm, which is to say a full month later than I did last season but still a week earlier than I wanted to.
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Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:54 pm

Hi all,I"m using less this year 4400# so far 1St fire Oct 19 2011.

Avg's for 2010
Dec 41#/day 23*

2011
Jan 52#/day 20*
Feb 51#/day 25*

2011
Dec 30#/day 36*

2012
Jan 45.5#day 31*
Feb 36.75#/day 30*
Keepaeyeonit :) .


oops I messed up :oops: (thanks Fred)Keepaeyeonit
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983 insert
Coal Size/Type: Mammoth nut
Other Heating: oil furnace,and a crappy heat pump

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: fastcat On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:39 pm

Keepaeyeonit, boy you guys keep much better track than I do, I just use my eyeball in the coal shed. :D
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut/Stove Mix

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: EasyRay On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:07 pm

I've averaged 30 lbs a day since October 22nd. Keeping this same average I have enough coal to last another 88 days. If I shut down my stove on April 18th, I should have 840 lbs.left over. It has to get a lot warmer before April 18th so I should end up with more than just 840 lbs. We'll just have to wait and see how the weather goes.
One of the advantages of using bags is, its easy to keep track of how much I'm using. :) This should be less than last year.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman TLC 2000
Coal Size/Type: Pea,Nut or Stove

Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:31 pm

Next year I will try to monitor more closely. Years ago (28) I used to buy 3 tons and use it all, along with 300 gallons of evil fuel oil. Now I buy 7500 lbs, and 150 gallons of fuel oil, and have to shift the bags around in the new "Coal Shed", I have not even touched this years 7500 lb purchase, "Money in the Bank"! New changes to the Keystoker 90 pushing upstairs temps into the lower 70's 24X7. I will be welding a Duct ring into the top of the stove to fix my Redneck configuration I have now.
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Re: Using less or about the same

PostBy: Tim On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:36 pm

I will have to admit that I am a box of mathches guy this yr. I have been lettin the Glenwood go out durin the week as I see no need to heat the shop as in COLD winters of the past .
As long as the shop stays above freezin internally I have no need to worry bought my paints and such goin bad ...so this yr. so far if the forecast says above 40 durin the week I have been savin my coal and light a fresh fire on friday morning so when I get home after work the shop is nice an warm and I keep a a nice fire over the weekend while I am home.
But if the temps cooporate ..I let the fire die.
Just so ya know if the shop is up to a good temp on Sunday it will hold above freezin for 4 or 5 days .
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