boiler of choice is?

Re: boiler of choice is?

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:29 pm

strat0 wrote:well, first off, my electricity is very reliable. My current electric bill is approximately 85/month. Burning 5 ton of coal a year tho.... is more than I think it should take... but it is what it is! My water is still separate on my elec bill. It is about 18/month. The 85, is water and electric total.... I just dont know if I could recoup the cost of a boiler and everything that goes with it, in the next 10 years.... As I plan on selling in about 10 years... choices choices... :?:


From much personal observation of boiler owners vs. stove owners annual coal consumption, I've come to the conclusion that boilers 'generally' go through more coal. But a boiler can keep a house very uniform in overall temperature (and do so 24/7), whereas a stove 'generally' keeps a few local rooms hot while the rest are a bit cooler. Based on this, I would venture that your odds of burning less coal with a boiler are not good. Just my opinion.
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Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
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Re: boiler of choice is?

PostBy: Short Bus On: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:59 pm

I think it is doubfull that you will use less coal with a boiler. Just on the basis that typical boiler instalations heat the whole house. You could heat domestic hot water with a boiler.
You will also need to add a bunch of plumbing to your house.
I love my stoker boiler, consistant heat.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Kewanee boiler with Anchor stoker
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut / Sub-bituminous C
Other Heating: Propane wall furnace back up only

Re: boiler of choice is?

PostBy: oilman On: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:06 pm

You still have to have electric for a hand fed. Unless you have a gravity system.
Stoker is the way to go.
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Re: boiler of choice is?

PostBy: oliver power On: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:56 am

I'm going through about the same amount of coal with my stoker boiler, as I did with the HITZER 50-93. Maybe even about 1/2 ton less with the stoker boiler. With the boiler, I'm putting the heat exactly where I want it. With the coal stove, I was heating the basement, in order to heat the up stairs. My place is the exact same temperature throughout useing the boiler. Very comfortable, and no fan noise. The hydronic heat is NICE, but the INSTALL is expensive. I'm very happy I made the move from coal stove, to central hot water heat. Oliver
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Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
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