Differences between a USSC 1557M and a 1500?

Differences between a USSC 1557M and a 1500?

PostBy: jhoncho4x4 On: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:06 pm

What are the differences between a US Stove models 1557M and 1500?
Is one better than the other?
The only difference I have found so far is the 1557M is green and the 1500 is red.
I have found both models very reasonably priced on Craigslist in my area.
I plan on burning egg sized or lump bituminous since that is what's economically available in my area and possibly wood during milder temps.
From reading on here, I understand some modifications may be necessary for coal.
jhoncho4x4
 

Re: Differences between a USSC 1557M and a 1500?

PostBy: Lightning On: Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:55 am

Those two furnaces are pretty close to being identical. They are pretty well designed for wood and bit coal right out of the box. They do need some tweaking for anthracite though. I use mine for anthracite although I have experimented with wood and bit coal too. When burning bit you need a lot of combustion air to come in over the fire to burn the hydrocarbons being expelled off the top of the coal bed. I had a couple scary experiences with bit lol. It tends to go nuclear for the first couple hours of the burn then it behaves more like anthracite. Just be careful when you start. There is a specific technique for banking when loading fresh bit so that it doesn't puff back and fill your house with bit smoke. You don't want to smother the fire when loading lol.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash


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