Who is still burning?

Who is still burning?

PostBy: jkabdoors On: Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:15 pm

This my first year and my wife and i are thinking of keeping our pocono going. Our basement is very dry and she still hangs clothes to dry there. are we wrong or should we shut down? We do have to have to shut down to service YES or NO?
jkabdoors
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:20 pm

You obviously know that you can really utilize a slooooow burn with the Pocono. You are not making hot water with that unit...or perhaps you are....but having a super dry basement is a wonderful thing in the humid, sticky weather summer brings.
If there is no noticeable or objectionable heat issues, sure, keep her sparked up! ...and yes, you do have to shut it down to clean it out and service the stoker and chamber. Many of us burn year-round and would have it no other way.
If you are worried about the forum members screaming at you not saving any money doing this, then it is a personal issue. I recommend that you do what is comfortable for you and your family......and don't worry about those naysayers. :idea: :roll:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
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Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: jkabdoors On: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:48 am

Thanks Whistle. I am in the learning process.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

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Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: Ed.A On: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:58 am

Yeah what whislte said, if it works for you then by all means.

I hated using dehumidires in my finished basement, they dryed it out ok but the heat they generated was unreal. I installed a mini-split AC unit last year and that solved that issue, but it wasn't cheap.
Ed.A
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: WissaMan On: Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:18 am

just make sure you got the chimney draft to keep the CO from escaping into your basement.

(that's my problem once it warms up outside and my stove idles too long)
WissaMan
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum (MK1) w/ PC control
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:58 am

Still burning here. Going through a bit less than 15.5 lbs. per day (on average) to provide the homes hot water needs. Also keeping the well tank, water softener tanks, and water filtration tank that share the room with our boiler dry. Before the coal boiler was added to the room it was a wetlands certified swamp during the summer months. I guess you could say I drained a swamp without a permit.

And for Smitty, it even had a decent sized frog living in it about 2-3 years ago. I found it in the corner behind the two softener tanks sitting in about 1/4" deep water. Gathered it up and escorted it outside. :)
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:28 am

I'm still burning for hot water purposes but it is a challenge. I burn more then I would like to but I prefer it over oil. It does keep my basement dry versus a dehumidifier.
NWBuilder
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: Yanche On: Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:55 pm

Still burning for heating domestic hot water. Adding 100-125 lbs to the hopper each Saturday. Cheaper than using my oil boiler to heat my indirect hot water heater.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:08 pm

Still burning for domestic hot water. Current consumption is 20-25 lbs per day depending on the load.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: Kungur On: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:14 am

I'm still running my KA-2 and enjoying ALL the hot water and a really nice dry basement! We had thought about a dehumidifier but the KA-2 solved that problem. Also we estimated it would cost about $20 a month just to run it.
Also got 5 tons of rice delivered last week. Made 1 more 1.25 ton coal bin. So now I have 6.25 ton capacity in the basement.
Kungur
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: K-2

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:19 am

That's cheating Kungur, I think even SMITTY might be enjoying a much more then normal dry basement right now. poor froggy :( :clap: toothy
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Who is still burning?

PostBy: BrotherDave On: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:53 pm

Also keeping the Harman stoking. Heating domestic hot water. Usage depends upon how much wash is done that week, on average probably about 3/4 of a Homer bucket daily. Keeps the basement dry, no dehumidifier needed. Next year thinking about heating the pool(24 foot round ag).
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