Pacowy wrote:1. Just to confirm, are there no remnants of any past heat distribution systems (radiators, ducts, etc.) for the rooms in the dungeon?
2. Berlin beat me to it, but what do your bituminous coal supply options look like? AFAIK bit coal is mined in Utah and Colorado, but I don't know whether anybody out there produces "stoker"-sized bit. This could affect burner/boiler options. You probably should be thinking in terms of truckload quantities of bulk coal. One of the rooms in the dungeon probably has or had a small opening (window or hatch) near the ceiling to accommodate coal deliveries. If that area can be restored for that purpose, it should make your coal logistics easier. If that area is now your dungeon kitchen, uhhh, nevermind.
There is one ceiling mounted forced air radiator in the bathroom, all supply lines to it are gone. Yes there was a coal room, the chute was bricked up decades ago, it is now my walk-in closet/dressing room. There is a local coal dealer, his coal comes from Utah and he has stoker and lump coal, but its the high sulpher stuff I mentioned earlier, I need to check on my other options.
Is a stoker my only option? I've watched every youtube video on them that I can find, and they all sound a bit noisey? Maybe people just film the stoking action and then its quiet for the next 30 minutes? And most do not look very dungeoney, something big and black that I could steam punk with oversize brass bezel gauges would be cool
Night time temps are already in the low 30's to mid 20's, I leave the 3 plug-in radiators running 24/7, one each in kitchen/bathroom/main room, been firing up woodstove at dark and loading last load about 3am. Coldest room has been so far is 68 and that is late afternoon, I think warmest its been with stove blazing away is 72