markviii wrote:I live in Chazy and work in Rouses Point, can't get much farther north in NY. This is my first season burning coal. I recently moved into a large (~3800 sq. ft) farmhouse and installed a 1930's Heatrola stove that I found in an old shop. The firepot holds about 60 lbs of nut coal and will keep the first two floors toasty for 8-10 hours when it's cold outside. This past week it reached -15 F at my house, I burned about 120 lbs of coal in 24 hours with the stove maxed out.
I have been buying bagged coal at a local stove shop, 40lb bags of Blaschak nut for $5.90 per bag. Not a great deal, but very convienient for someone without a truck or a coal bin. The blaschak burns nice, but I have been getting a lot of clinkers. Last week when I ran the stove maxed out for 24 hours, I could barely get a fire going again because of the clinkers that had formed and were plugging the grates. I cleaned the stove out and started over.
I have friends that own the Crystal Caboose in West Chazy. They're thinking of going to coal too.
Clinkers huh? I know that if you poke a hard coal fire from the top you can cause this. I never do that because I had the same problem. I always "slice" the ash from the fire from underneath. If you put a poker in from the top it tends to bring the ash up into the hot fire and fuse it into a clinker.
$5.90 isn't too bad if the coal is good quality. My coal guy goes over there but I'm not sure what he'd charge to haul any over to you. You can pick it up too in North Bangor if you call him first. As I mentioned in my post, it's the best coal I've ever used and is $270/ton. I've been heating exclusively with coal for 17 years now.
For your grate, you might try making a bent poker that you could reach up and underneath the grate to dislodge any ashes of break a clinker. I have one of those and it's saved me many times.
Good to hear from a northener!!