The Olde Pro...............

The Olde Pro...............

PostBy: LudlowLou On: Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:49 pm

My second year heating with coal is slowing down. It is Feb. 28, 2013 and here in Western Mass. I do not expect much more coal fire since the temps are now high 40's into 50's daytime and barely freezing or thereabout at night. It makes me happy at these times that my rig also burns cordwood (early in the heating season, as well). Got about 1/3 ton of nut coal, 1/4 cord split hardwood, 1/2 ton of bio brick (terrible....it burns like toilet paper) nevertheless I have fuel for fall, winter & spring.

This year I learned a great deal about hand firing coal, and also became much more familiar with my equipment (continuing to tweek). Gratefull to NEPA Crossroads and all the members who email in for the knowledge base which leads me to my own applied experience. The most important thing I have learned is to never stop seeking solutions ,inquiring about your hunches, and being open minded about what this is all about. I believe there is something unique about every stove / furnace setup, especially draft and how to control it. Draft makes all the difference, leaks or diversions will hamper the effort to maximize the benefit of coal vs. wood. Once you can confidently control draft, now comes temperature control in and around the stove, and ultimately the living space.

Maximum enjoyment for me is tending. Couple times a day, morning and bedtime, otherwies you can always peek if you want to. But it gets old watching a steady controled coal fire is like watching water boil! Ash & dust comes with the territory, but like the stove itself there are clever ways to control & minimize it. This summer I will construct an overhead vent/duct system that I can start while cleaning out ash. Little sheet metal, fan, wiring & switch and bingo! Look for pictures next season.

Thank again to all!

LudlowLou
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Stove/Furnace Make: Vogelzang
Stove/Furnace Model: Norseman 2500

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PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:04 pm

Outstanding post LL :) Thank you for being part of all this.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

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PostBy: DennisH On: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:38 am

Yep, first year was the learning curve. Now starting, maintaining, shaking, reloading and enjoying the warmth is taking a matter of minutes rather than hours of worrying if I'm doing it right!! :D
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PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:18 am

LudlowLou wrote:The most important thing I have learned is to never stop seeking solutions ,inquiring about your hunches, and being open minded about what this is all about. I believe there is something unique about every stove / furnace setup, especially draft and how to control it. Draft makes all the difference, leaks or diversions will hamper the effort to maximize the benefit of coal vs. wood. Once you can confidently control draft, now comes temperature control in and around the stove, and ultimately the living space.

I enjoy this part of the whole experience. Its like a science experiment, tweaking and observing results and finding the best solutions to problems that arise. I enjoy the tending part too, I would never trade it for a stoker :lol: ... not yet anyways.. I'm still having fun with it 8-)
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Size Mix

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PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:27 am

great post, i enjoyed reading it!
I too shut down for the season myself here in MA. to fix/repair chimney and get ready for new stove in fall.
Cant wait to see this overhead hood exhast system you have planned. I wonder if you can look into some used resteraunt supply wholesale houses for a big ole' stainless hood for short $$$ and retro fit it? (others im sure have opinions they will give as well so make sure you start a thread on it before you get to far into it ;) )
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PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:37 am

dcrane wrote:I too shut down for the season myself here in MA.

Wow, shut down already? I plan to burn till May 1st. What are you heating with?
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Size Mix

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PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:40 am

Yeah way to early for that here. Got down to 27° last night. With no fire, it would be 52° in here in no time. :|
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
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PostBy: KLook On: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:49 am

Hell, it got that cold here last night. I can't believe you guys are talking spring already up there. :shock:

Kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
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PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:14 pm

Lightning wrote:
dcrane wrote:I too shut down for the season myself here in MA.

Wow, shut down already? I plan to burn till May 1st. What are you heating with?


Coal (only about 50% though, the rest is Oil :mad: ) ... I got my 404 now and i need to fix up my fireplace (its a mess and needs re-pointing, new blocker plate, re-install ash drop cover which "dropped" :lol: ), then when its a lil' warmer & dryer i need to re-do the top 8 or 9 layers of the chimney and install a cap. like a fool i began all this just before the blizzard so i was burning up stacks of Oak stair treads i had in the basement from years ago at a cost of $15 a pop... poof....pooof...poooof $15,$15,$15 is all i kept seeing going up the chimney all night long to keep the family alive through the night :mad:
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