Coal Newb with a Hitzer 82FA - Questions

Coal Newb with a Hitzer 82FA - Questions

PostBy: Papa Grizzly On: Sat Dec 01, 2007 10:58 pm

Hello! After a couple of years of paying high heating oil prices, my wife and I decided to go the coal route for our home heating. We purchased a Hitzer 82FA this summer and it is now heating our house (northeastern OH) very nicely! I started it on the first try with a wood fire, then adding coal slowly until the fire box was full. My question is this: How much coal should I be adding in the morning and evening? I know this is a loaded question as each of our systems/houses are different, but I have been adding 40 pounds of nut coal in the morning and another 40 pounds in the evening. I will be going through a ton of coal every 25 days at this rate. Is that fairly normal usage? Any information will be of help.
Papa Grizzly
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82FA

Re: Coal Newb with a Hitzer 82FA - Questions

PostBy: New York Bear On: Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:29 am

Yep, is loaded question! Depends I would say on what your home is like to heat, if big old farm house on top of hill and drafty, 80lb. a day is probably not bad. In my case we have a Hitzer 354, burning 30-40lb. a day, but fairly new house, and tight. But I would bet your coal usage cost is still about a third of whatever you were heating with befor, unless it was wood. Expect others will jump in here soon.
New York Bear
 

Re: Coal Newb with a Hitzer 82FA - Questions

PostBy: Papa Grizzly On: Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:15 pm

Many thanks New York Bear!! We do have a drafty old farm house that sits beside an open field to the west (we wish we were on a hill, but its pretty flat here in NE OH). We are enjoying the heat we are getting from coal and, yes, our heating cost will be about a third of what it was last year using heating oil! Thanks again for your input. It is very helpful.
Papa Grizzly
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82FA

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