Basement mine score

Basement mine score

PostBy: blrman07 On: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:12 am

I was contacted by a family in Ashland Pa. that does clean outs of houses for a local landlord who has a lot of properties. He buys properties from the sheriff sales and then fixes them and rents them out. When someone moves out of one of his properties, they go and do the clean-out and cleanup and show the place to prospective renters. They know that I burn coal in my stoker and heat all our water and the house with a Bucket A Day. So whenever they find coal in a basement and no coal appliance, they call me and I go and get it. Up till now it has been a couple of buckets of rice or pea coal here and there but yesterday was different.

They told me it was a lot of coal so I took 10 buckets this time. When I walked into the old coal bunker I was looking at about 1/2 ton of stove coal and no coal furnace, boiler, or stove in sight. I could see the old pad where a large furnace had been and the coal loading hatch had been closed up with concrete block. It took two trips and 22 bucket loads up 7 steps, down 6 steps and into my Subaru Forrester. I am sore today from all the trips but we now have enough coal for our Bucket A Day to heat our house and all the hot water we could use and the cost was 10 and change for lunch at McD's and about $10 gas. If I use 35 pounds a bucket on average times 22 buckets comes to 770 pounds of coal for the hauling. That 770 pounds of stove coal broken up should last me at least one month to six weeks in my Bucket a Day. I currently have the oil boiler disconnected and the Bucket a Day is piped in series with the oil boiler and it is currently heating the house.

At the current price I am paying at the old UAE site that would have cost me $65. It cost me $20 to get it so I figure I saved 45 bucks.

Not a huge savings but $45 saved is $45. :D
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:00 am

Awesome score partner!! :D
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: samhill On: Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:11 am

Any deal that saves you money is a great deal & a little manual labor never hurt anyone(for long anyway). :oops: Congrats.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

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Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:16 am

Just think, it'll warm ya twice.... :lol:
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:52 pm

great score!
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:26 pm

Only a Coaler could appreciate what that Subaru went through! Amazing !
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: BigJohn On: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:11 pm

If they ever come across a bucket a day they have no use for let me know. I would like to have one to heat the water in the shop.
Thanks
Big John
BigJohn
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer X2
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:13 am

Just thinking about the shovel,lift and carry routine brings thoughts of the immense work it took by men that built the coal industry back in the heyday of coal. Humble appreciation here. Happy for you about the nice score. Mike
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KAA-2

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: stovehospital On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:36 am

These basement mines are fun. I recently bought a stove and the lady said I had to take the coal. Usually thee is 4-500 pounds in the basement. This load amounted to 10-12 tons of old blue dot coal she had bought back in the 60'S. We borrowed a 4 wheel dump trailer and filled it three times. The cellar was huge and had a ramp so we just used wheel barrels and loaded up. I don't need fuel for about 5 years. Happy days.
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Stove/Furnace Make: 250 stoves in barns
Stove/Furnace Model: #6 Herald baseheater

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: dcrane On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:04 pm

stovehospital wrote:These basement mines are fun. I recently bought a stove and the lady said I had to take the coal. Usually thee is 4-500 pounds in the basement. This load amounted to 10-12 tons of old blue dot coal she had bought back in the 60'S. We borrowed a 4 wheel dump trailer and filled it three times. The cellar was huge and had a ramp so we just used wheel barrels and loaded up. I don't need fuel for about 5 years. Happy days.


:wtf: ... up in these parts of the country we'd grab that coal and *censored* the stove! toothy
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Basement mine score

PostBy: stovehospital On: Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:09 am

You didn't see the stove!
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