Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:22 pm

Last year at this time, I was finishing up the last of 2 tons of Nut coal in my efm WCB, (December through February). I switched over to wood, but it wasn't as easy to keep the house at a constant 70-75 where we like it, through the months of March and April.

This year was a warmer winter and I'm almost done with 3600# of Nut, (December through February)and have been switching to wood so I can prolong about 300# of remaining coal. The temperature in the house is hovering around 70 and tomorrow I'm going to get another half ton of coal. It's too soon to be freezing in my own house. ;)
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:55 pm

Ladies and gentlemen. That is officially it,,,,,, The Stokerman is admitting to being a full fledged coal addict :lol: :lol: :lol: Good, Chris!!!!! Its about time.
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x3, 700 Van Wert 800
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: whistlenut On: Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:51 pm

Chris, congrats to at least admitting it! Scott says there is a seven step program for chronically addicted, but cheer up, we only have enough coal for another 250 years right now, so you COULD outgrow the addiction. Can you imagine what oil and propane will be next season if diesel is 5.00+/gal....OMG!! Those young persons at your house must be darned happy dad has the addiction, too! Nice to hear from you!
whistlenut
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:07 pm

We had 3 little ones at one time, but those are my grandkids.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:21 am

The conversion from wood to coal is like giving up mothers milk.... it's s slow transition, but you don't really remember and you never go back.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:31 am

There is no comparison to coal vs. wood in a hand-fired boiler. Wood provides short fires...try to burn it clean and the boiler overheats, try to control the fire and it produces creosote. My Itasca boiler would hold a considerable amount of wood, and if I was lucky it would still have a bed of coals in the morning. When I used to reload it in the morning it would really roar to get the house back up to temperature! The smoke & vapor plume above the chimney was impressive, but hardly a sign of efficiency. :roll: Nut coal was a different story, the boiler kept the house toasty overnight on all but the below zero days, and after a few days the creosote in the boiler and chimney started to flake off. There is still nothing better than a stoker, but anthracite in a hand-fed boiler is a good way to split the difference.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: stoker-man On: Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:44 pm

Just went to the yard and got my coal in the trailer. Price went up to $199 a ton.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: CatholicBoy1957 On: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:15 pm

I got a ton today. 261, delivered.
CatholicBoy1957
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 1967 AP520-1 & S20

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:47 pm

Ya know what they say,,,,,,, Once you go black, you never go back :lol: :lol: :lol:
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x3, 700 Van Wert 800
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:43 pm

Freddy wrote:The conversion from wood to coal is like giving up mothers milk.... it's s slow transition, but you don't really remember and you never go back.



Sorry to burst your bubble there Freddy. I was raised on mother's milk.

Maybe that is why I keep staring at them. I just can't help myself. I'm looking for a free meal...... :baby: :funny:



Rick
Rick 386
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:50 pm

MOOOOOO... ;)
Not to mama...
But to baby momma...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:37 pm

$199??? I just payed $374/ton! :shock: :( still cheaper then everything else INCLUDING wood. I didnt get into that debate, I have my own land, my own skidder, etc. My time is more valuable then that.

Kevin
KLook
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: Finishing up my second heating using coal....I thought

PostBy: Townsend On: Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:20 pm

I'm with Rick!
Townsend
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea / Buck