Taming the bitty beast

Taming the bitty beast

PostBy: LDPosse On: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:41 am

After making a few mistakes, having a few puffbacks, and a few raging hot fires, I think I might have the hang of burning this coal from Valier's in the DS1500.

The critical things I have found with this coal in this stove, is to make SMALL adjustments to the air, and the new coal *must* be banked. I tried to freshen the fire several times in the past by just throwing 10-15 lbs right on top of an established coal bed. This is a recipe for huge puffbacks and excessive stove/stack temps.

Attached is a quick video I shot this morning. This is about 45 minutes after loading the stove. Any commentary from other bitty burners is appreciated!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSM5qYZDU14
LDPosse
 
Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine, Warm Morning
Stove/Furnace Model: DS1500, Heatrola

Re: Taming the bitty beast

PostBy: SteveZee On: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:57 am

Good video LD. Glad it's working out for you. Looks like a wood fire with all those yellow flames! You will have to clean your chimney like wood after burning bit I imagine? Be interesting to see how the old Warm Morning 400 works in comparison.
SteveZee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

Re: Taming the bitty beast

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:59 am

Looks good to me. In action and results you are 'stoker-feeding' your stove..
by that I mean a smaller amount of coal, it is allowed the heat and burn off it's volitiles at a controled rate, and once it has burned off,
you then add some more, in a controled rate and manner, allowing the gradual heating and burn-off.

I wonder what the first guy, who had experience burning only anthracite thought when he lite off some Bit coal?? That the coal was possessed? :shock: :lol: ??

The smaller, more frequent batches of fresh coal seem to have tamed your burning experience.

Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland


Re: Taming the bitty beast

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:52 pm

Yeah LSfarm, I was that guy lol.. Sacred the bigeezous outta me hahaha. I thought the black vans would show up shortly after the looming mushroom cloud appeared lol.. Maybe I will attempted the bit again armed with this technique ... Thanks man!
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Taming the bitty beast

PostBy: LDPosse On: Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:17 pm

I've got the day off tomorrow... I'm going to hitch up the utility trailer to the 'ole Prius and try some different bit... Trying to decide where to go. I called a few places today, including several in OH and KY, but I don't think I want to drive quite that far.

I'm thinking about these two....

Country Coal, Somerset PA - Low vol bit, ROM $85/ton, washed nut $110/ton
Ritchie Coal, Frostburg MD - ROM $70/ton, must buy 1/2 ton increments

Any other good places I might consider? I have been scanning thru the sticky thread at the top of this for ideas, these were some of the closer ones I found.
LDPosse
 
Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine, Warm Morning
Stove/Furnace Model: DS1500, Heatrola

Re: Taming the bitty beast

PostBy: LDPosse On: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:02 pm

Just left Cobra Mining, Barton Md
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Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine, Warm Morning
Stove/Furnace Model: DS1500, Heatrola

Re: Taming the bitty beast

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:34 pm

Im glad to see you didnt give up. Now you can enjoy the low cost of bit.
carlherrnstein
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: combustioneer model 77B
Coal Size/Type: pea stoker/Ohio bituminous