Is spring really here???

Is spring really here???

PostBy: oliver power On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:06 am

I said, No Way! This is way too early. Now I'm beginning to think otherwise. Warm temps. Birds, bees, bugs, blossoming of trees, and other vegitation. What's your opinions???? Even thought of shutting down the Kaa-2 but, it uses soooooo little coal in these conditions. And is nice to have on stand by for the cool, damp nights, & warm days. Oliver
oliver power
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II)
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Stove/Furnace Make: HITZER / KEYSTOKER
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93 & 30-95 , Kaa-2

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: WNY On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:19 am

Just saw the weather, 40s-50s next week, so the heat wave here is over for a while.
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:53 am

I think spring is very near.The grass is starting to green up and an early assault team of carpenter bees was seen yesterday scouting my barn for the right spot to make prime sawdust and perfect .375" holes.The fruit trees are in bloom and the spinach is thru the ground.The bluebirds are fighting it out over the nest boxes.I too was hanging on to the Kaa2 fire but let it go out this week.I gave it a thorough cleaning and put it in the mothball fleet for the warm weather.Rather than cathodic protection I am using the incandescent approach. It worked out extremely well for me last year. I will now continue on with the Cawley wood stove. It is now time to move the maintenance cart to equipment with names like Onan,Briggs,Honda,Tecumseh and Kohler.Time is here to change the oil,plugs,air filters and sharpen all blades.Spring is very close at hand. Mike
stovepipemike
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KAA-2


Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:04 am

I think we will have an early spring this year, but there will be plenty of cold & damp days ahead. We do have some green grass on the lawn and some bugs crawling around, but it is 38 degrees right now and supposed to get into the 20's on Monday night. No reason to shut the EFM down, it is still providing heat and DHW.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:31 am

I would definately call this an early spring! That freakin ground hog had it all wrong! Here in my neck of the woods (Olean NY) It is unheard of to fire up the lawn mower in March, but some already have! And this is the first time in the 16 years that I've lived here that I didn't clear my 650 foot driveway of snow!

I've had the coal furnace shut down for about 10 days, been using a little space heater occasionally and I fired up the wood pellet stove a couple nights. My plan is to fire up the coal furnace tommorrow afternoon for next week's more seasonable temperatures. I'm happy that I'll get an opportunity to try the grates with the right side up lol :)
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Size Mix

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: steamup On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:49 am

Don't get too confindent. There still is plenty of time for some cold weather. Hopefully, no freezing for the farmers sake. I am taking off the snow tires, tractor chains and putting away the big snow blower, but keeping small snow blower on standby for a few more weeks.

I will be getting out the mower deck for the tractor and get that ready just in case.

The aa-130 can idle along just fine for DHW and the cool nights yet to come.

On the down side, grass fire season has started early. NYS DEC has banned open burning from March 16 to May 15, but that doesn't stop the Idiots. The members of my fire company speculate it possibly could be a bad year for grass fires. Not enough snow in the winter to knock down the grass and wet the leaves.
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: Is spring really here???

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:09 pm

I'm with Steamup. I've been around long enough to know that warm weather this time of year never lasts long. I haven't cleaned out my stove yet, because I can guarantee it'll be used again before April.

Forecast calling for upper 20's in the morning a few days from now. It was 77°, 79° & 80° Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday respectively. That's how mother nature rolls in New England. Got to be ready for anything.

I can recall a June snow squall one year! :o
SMITTY
 
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: Is spring really here???

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:00 pm

Not for another 2 months here!
sterling40man
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:09 pm

The trees around here think it is well into spring, but they have been known to be fooled by early warm weather in the past.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:51 am

Err, I had to relight my cleaned out for the season AnthraKing last night - I feel so stupid and small - gone is my one match club membership (actually that was toast long ago but I tried to keep up appearances) - the shame - will I ever live it down! What hurts the most is I am nearly 70 and have been fooled many times by warm Marches, I thought wisdom came with age. Geez, I feel like a Chevy owner.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - I slay myself.
coalnewbie
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL AnthraKing 180K, Pocono110K,KStokr 90K, DVC
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93,
Baseburners & Antiques: Invader 2 Wings Best, Glenwood #8 + Herald 116x
Coal Size/Type: Rice, Chestnut
Other Heating: Heating Oil CH, Toyotomi OM 22

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:15 am

There is now a "freeze watch" in effect for the Medina/Wadsworth region of Ohio from 10:00 PM tomorrow (Monday, 3/26) till 10:00 AM Tuesday. 28 degrees is the forecast low during the freeze watch period. What a change from a string of 80 degree days within the past week.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:25 pm

WNY wrote:Just saw the weather, 40s-50s next week, so the heat wave here is over for a while.


Same here. I shut down and the stove just went cold at 1300 on Saturday tge 24th. By 1600 Sunday( today) it was cleaned out, fired back up, fiull of pea and set to idle at 100° until "real" Spring hits.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:02 pm

My forecast:

Monday Night
Clear. Low of 16F with a windchill as low as 5F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Is spring really here???

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:54 pm

Yikes .... not that bad here, but I lit up this morning. That forecast for the upper 20's has been changed to LOWER 20's ... :o :| :(
SMITTY
 
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: Is spring really here???

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:14 pm

That's why I like the EFM, just have to raise the thermostat a little. :nana:
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert