New Coal Burner Needing Help

Re: New Coal Burner Needing Help

PostBy: jbirish On: Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:09 pm

Thanks you all for your advice. The biggest problem was the lack of deep coal bed. The 503 works much better with a deep coal bed. I finally has some success with it and I realize that it takes time and practice. I may have draft issues but I can work with them. Time to burn some wood for the next couple of days and then to coal soon enough I hope. Thanks again.

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Re: New Coal Burner Needing Help

PostBy: rberq On: Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:24 pm

jbirish wrote:Time to burn some wood for the next couple of days and then to coal soon enough I hope.

Just remember my learned :lol: advice on above-the-fire air. You probably open that inlet quite a lot for wood burning; but not for coal.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300 with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Nut
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: New Coal Burner Needing Help

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:46 am

Do you have a masonary chimney? If the masonry is run on the outside of the house, the flue temps might not be high enough to maintain a good draft. Some people have had to line their chimneys with stainless steel pipe made for that purpose. Too bad too because masonry is the only chimney is the only material that will hold up to coal burning in the long term. Acids formed in coal burning will even eat up stainless eventually. Good luck, keep us posted. :idea:
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
Coal Size/Type: pea and nut/ anthracite
Other Heating: Jotul #3 wood stove in garage. Oil backup in house. Electric backup in house.

Re: New Coal Burner Needing Help

PostBy: Davian On: Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:27 am

Oldkingcoal wrote:jbirish,

There is a lot of good advice here. Coal burning is more of an art to burn correctly than any other type of fuel. As a result, there is a big learning curve when you first start. My wife was not too sure about coal when I brought up the idea a few years ago. She poo pooed it at first but now she loves it, and remarks how it was a great idea. Now, even when I’m gone for a few weeks for work during the winter, she can start it up and keep it burning nonstop. We don’t use our baseboard heat anymore!

Keep the faith, you’ll get it. Your wife may even start to like it too. :roll:

As a relative newbie to coal myself, I reiterate these comments. Once you figure your stove out, its fantastic. Its like riding a bike, once you "get it", you never forget.

I fired up my stove last week for the first time since Spring on a particularly cold day and it was far, far easier than the wood stove it replaced.

Cant wait for cold weather to get it going 24/7 again.
Stove/Furnace Make: Morso
Stove/Furnace Model: 1410 Squirrel

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