Drying clothes with coal

Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: Ctyankee On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:15 pm

I just started up the Hitzer this morning since its got cold again, and then started washing a load of my sweatpants and shirts. I was remembering my dad telling me my granddad would have to undress outside after a days work down in the PA mines and :idea:

I went out and picked up a folding clothes drying rack. I put the rack a few feet away from the fireplace insert with the clothes hanging on it. Within an hour the house was "downy fresh" smelling, and after 6 hours the heavy sweats were completely dry. So besides saving oil and now I can save a some kwatt hours during the winter months and add some moisture into the air. I got an idea my dad and granddad would be saying "what took ya so long to figure this one out?"
Ctyankee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503 insert
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: grumpy On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:20 pm

lol, yeah I did that last year, it works great, a little moisture in the air and no load on the gas bill, or whatever you have.. see your being green... :)
grumpy
 

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: Dennis On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:21 pm

I havn't used my clothes dryer in 2 years since my boiler has been running.Hang the clothes on the lines attached to the basement floor joist and the next morning dry. Oh yea,the basement does smell downy fresh.
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size


Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: grumpy On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:23 pm

Basement, did you say basement.. :D
grumpy
 

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:24 pm

Just curious, you don't have a cloths line outside? That's where mine ended up today--trust me when I tell you, we deal with different wardrobes. toothy But yes, that's the way to do it in the winter months. ;)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: Dennis On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:26 pm

Yes ,I have a basement and so will you soon. Iv'e seen the "THE BIG DIG". Dont forget the footer for the chimney. :idea:
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: Dennis On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:30 pm

freetown fred wrote:Just curious, you don't have a cloths line outside?


I have my other line hanging under the deck joists of the walk out basement,since I cut every tree off my property.
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:34 pm

That works. I go from the back deck to a power pole in the upper pasture--God bless the man that invented the wheel & cloths pins. :D
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: Dennis On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:45 pm

freetown fred wrote: go from the back deck to a power pole


So,in a way you are using a form of electric to dry your clothes. toothy :rofl:
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: grumpy On: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:52 pm

Dennis wrote:Yes ,I have a basement and so will you soon. Iv'e seen the "THE BIG DIG". Dont forget the footer for the chimney. :idea:


Don't tempt me just yet, I have enough to do... but later on... :)
grumpy
 

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:51 pm

i know for a fact that my work boots dry real good. After working on fence posts sunday feet were pretty wet. so got home boot boots on top of coal boiler.

Nothing like a cool, overcast drizzly day for pounding in locust fence posts with a 14# maul and a bar for starting holes. Was down to just a T shirt top, in not time at all, and weather was NICE!!!
wilder11354
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:59 pm

Yep - used to have my workboots in front if the stove every single night in the winter months. Dry as a bone every morning - and real warm too. 8-)

Slogging around in slush for 12 hours out on my recycling route in that hellhole of a city we have here. Wasn't a boot on the planet that didn't leak after a few hours on that job. Waterproof .... my ass! :x
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: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: Berlin On: Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:16 am

with a coal boiler it would be doable. some plumbing, a circulator, a small air/water heat exchanger and you could have a cloths dryer use your coal boiler for a heat source.
Berlin
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: windago On: Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:06 am

Berlin wrote:with a coal boiler it would be doable. some plumbing, a circulator, a small air/water heat exchanger and you could have a cloths dryer use your coal boiler for a heat source.



this could be a dump zone for the summer months. nice idea but, the space needed for this contraption would be one hell of a foot print.
windago
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman/EFM/losch
Stove/Furnace Model: mark III/?350 round nose/ 475

Re: Drying clothes with coal

PostBy: Yanche On: Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:09 am

windago wrote:
Berlin wrote:with a coal boiler it would be doable. some plumbing, a circulator, a small air/water heat exchanger and you could have a cloths dryer use your coal boiler for a heat source.



this could be a dump zone for the summer months. nice idea but, the space needed for this contraption would be one hell of a foot print.

I think a compact kick space hydronic heater would fit nicely inside a modified clothes dryer. The footprint would be no larger than the stock dryer except for the supply and return boiler water lines.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea