Loco627 wrote:Mostly, I think I just enjoy the challenge. I'm planning to purchase a HotBlast furnace in the very near future. i understand they aren't the finest on the planet, but it's what fits the budget and there seems to be a fairly large number of folks on here making them work.
Hi Loco, welcome aboard
I have a Clayton 1537G which is prit near identicle to the hot blast 1500 model.. THe other members are right, these furnaces are a bit handicapped when it comes to burning anthracite. I bought a used furnace for $650 in excellent condition. I've done a lot of trial and error with modifications to achieve a good burn. This is my third year with her (we call her Ashley
).. She can run with the big dogs now. I can get 24 hour burn times in mild weather burning about 30-40 pounds per day. In the colder months I do a 14/10 hour schedule (two reloads per day) and burn 40-60 pounds per day. I've seen 80 pounds per day when daytime highs don't exceed 15 degrees outside which is usually a short term event. I'm heating 2400 square feet, furnace is in the basement, we enjoy a 72-75 degree range throughout the house.. Don't be afraid to get a furnace that is a little over-sized.. I will eventually upgrade to something easier to maintain in the future, but for now we are content with Ashley