First load of KY Nut is in the basement and about 1/3 of the current fire is burning it now.
1. MUCH easier to shovel than stove coal
2. A mix of nut/pea/some dust from Harper and Gallo. Seems ok
3. It was a bit damp from hauling, but didn't cool my fire as I expected with the initial, single shovel to try it out
4. My plenum is staying at 150F instead of 120F. Not sure if that is coincidence or not, will watch that
5. Much less SMOKE. The fire is hot, so this may also be a coincidence
6. Less volume per ton than stove coal. I have 3 small bins, cut in half 250 gal oil tanks and 1.10 tons filled 2-1/3 of them compared to all 3 with stove. Coal is BTUs/ton, so less volume is actually helpful
I have high hopes for the KY Nut based on all the recommendations from you good folks. As I continue to tweak the furnace and improve the insulation in this leaky old house, it is approaching the 'minimal hassle' and 'reasonably comfortable' marks, versus the previous 'always chilly' and 'Pain in the Butt' levels of years past
I know this is an old thread, but I hope keeping it all in one place with updates may help someone else. I know I've searched this site until the letters were ready to fall off the keyboard (
) and I especially appreciated threads with follow ups when deciding what I was going to copy.
I paid about $15-$20 more for a single ton and had it delivered vs driving for it and using Kittanning seam. It'll be a little less when I get 2 or more ton at a time due to delivery charge. We have been using just about a ton a month. If this KY Nut burns at least as well and efficient, the increase will be minimal- at least until the new GAS TAXES hit
Thanks again for all the input and patience from everyone. I especially appreciate the 'suggestions' to use better coal instead of, "Hey, Idiot, stop trying to burn crap and get some real coal," as I started those first 2 years before going to the Kittanning and now KY Nut coals