Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:26 am

I see a few of you guys are burning already.. :up: I've been running the wood pellet insert in one end of the house and a little electric piggy heater in the new living room so far to keep the chill away.

This time of year I scope out the long range forecast for October and look for a good time to fire up the furnace. Last year it was Oct 26th, year before was closer to Halloween. I'm hoping to fire it a bit earlier this year since I've got the water coils to help my electric bill and I've gotten better at running lower fires so it doesn't get too warm in the house. For my area, It seems that Oct 9th is looking good, pretty cold at night and highs generally in the 50's, So I'm gonna tentatively plan a fire up for that day this year.. 8-)
Anyone else have a fire up date in mind?
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:39 am

I'm heading for a shutdown for my annual clean-out on Saturday 10/5 - Sunday 10/6, followed by firing it back up right after, and turning on the Thermostats. I guess that means I'm targeting 10/6.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: franco b On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:43 am

Been firing for over a week. About 8 to 10 pounds a day in the small Franco Belge to keep the house in the low 70s. At that firing rate there is only a small fire in the middle of the fire pot which illustrates again the importance of keeping as much heat as possible in the fire pot. The coal on the sides acts as insulation. Without the hopper to feed hot coal I doubt I could maintain such a small fire. A design like William's new Crawford I am sure could go very low and still keep a very efficient burn since it has just about the best insulated fire pot as possible.
franco b
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea


Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:55 am

franco b wrote:About 8 to 10 pounds a day in the small Franco Belge to keep the house in the low 70s.

Wow, that's awesome! The smallest amount of coal I've been able to achieve is about 20-25 pounds per day in my football field style burn chamber lol.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: franco b On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:39 pm

Lightning wrote:
franco b wrote:About 8 to 10 pounds a day in the small Franco Belge to keep the house in the low 70s.

Wow, that's awesome! The smallest amount of coal I've been able to achieve is about 20-25 pounds per day in my football field style burn chamber lol.

Yes, but remember the comfortable maximum for this stove is about 30 pounds per day, that's why I have a larger stove on the lower level of a raised ranch. This year that stove will be a Vigilant 2310 to try out.

Running a stove low is also dependent on a very easy drafting chimney. I once ran the smallest version of the Franco so low the smoke pipe was cold to the touch, The present one is lukewarm.
franco b
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:32 pm

I'm with franco--I been lit off for a week--running about 10-15 lbs a day idled down real nicely shake every 2 days-- Keeps the damp out of this 250 yr old stone foundation, AND ME :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:40 pm

I'm gonna echo freetown, its been producing a small little red glow buried in blackness allowing me a good 24-36 hr burns. Had to open a window or 2 here lately but keeps the basement dry and nights warm.
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: Wanna Bee On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:46 pm

I will hold out until All hollows eve.

My house stays 70 degrees until the outside temps goes below 60 during the day.
Wanna Bee
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Grander Stove Co.
Stove/Furnace Model: Royal Bride

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:57 pm

I keep my EFM burning year-round, but the heat has turned on a few times in the last week. I consider October 1st the start of the season. I just shut the power off to my EFM, I will let it cool off over night and give it a good cleaning tomorrow to get ready for the cold.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: Wiz On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:27 pm

Running ka-6 year round and completed pre season cleaning today. Started my one match light at 5:00 pm , determine to keep thermostat off until Nov 1. Subject to change if wife says turn thermostat on, rather burn coal then get hit by frying pan.
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: Cyber36 On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:18 pm

Wanna Bee wrote:I will hold out until All hollows eve.

My house stays 70 degrees until the outside temps goes below 60 during the day.

^^^^This^^^^
Cyber36
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Marathon/Logwood

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:27 pm

According to the long range forecast I'll need to push the start up date back another week to Oct 16th. It's gonna hold mid to upper 60's thru till then. It's been dry to. I don't think olean has seen any rain for about 10 days now.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:24 pm

Lopez cold springs has never not flowed, i have filled up gallon jugs in a matter of a second before. Took about 2 minutes to fill a gallon jug, she is gettin dry around here. I let the fire go out about a week ago seeing what the temps were gonna run for this week, im sure glad i did whew its warm.
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: dcrane On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:14 pm

Im just off the golf course in my shorts & no shirt :flex: Is it Fall yet? toothy
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Anticipated Fire Up Date for 2013-2014 Winter

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:47 pm

The way I'm going I won't have this boiler hooked up until Turkey day .... but bring on the heat! Loving this! 2 weeks in Cali, then a heatwave back home. 8-)

Makes the constant sneezing, eye watering and multiple asthma attacks tolerable. ;)
SMITTY
 
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
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler