coal amature in need of advice

coal amature in need of advice

PostBy: ronferretti On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:07 pm

Thanks in advance for any help. I recently bought my first home with an alaska stoker in the basement. Its a 1600 sq ft ranch well insulated in the floor and attic. There is no duct work and three vents in the floors, one on each end and one just off center. Im not sure of the best way to heat my home, i really dont want my basement to be 80 degrees because i like to hang out down there. I am being told to pull my insulation out of the floor and open my basement door to heat the house or leave the insulation and put a duct going to each end of my home. I also want to finish the basement in the future so that creates a whole other problem . I can post pics or more info if necessary to get better advice . Thanks alot
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Re: coal amature in need of advice

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:12 pm

If the air can move your basement will stay cooler...
Large 24x36 floor vents in my house let it move with no help from a fan...
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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: coal amature in need of advice

PostBy: ronferretti On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:42 pm

Good point, i could do that , more the better or?? Thanks
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Re: coal amature in need of advice

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:45 pm

One in each room and leave the basement door open ;)
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Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: coal amature in need of advice

PostBy: dcrane On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:05 pm

pull the insulation out of the floor (your going to finish it anyways, so insulate the walls instead), larger vents is good.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: coal amature in need of advice

PostBy: ronferretti On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:13 pm

I was just going to ask about the insulation, excellent!! How do you find good coal without buying a ton first? I hear about deep mine coal burning hotter and cleaner but wont all coal places say they have great coal ? I hear good things about coal from the shamokin area but that the mines were recently closed. Thanks for all the great tips
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Re: coal amature in need of advice

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:46 am

Let your neighbor buy & burn the coal first. :P

Seriously, word of mouth is the best way to get feedback on a particular source of coal. In the absence of that, you can ask to buy a few pails worth to try. Go with an established supplier and you should be fine.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: coal amature in need of advice

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:41 am

Finish filling out your profile and let us know where your at. That way we can let you know which suppliers are closest to you.

Rev. Larry
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