When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: shredder_54 On: Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:52 pm

How cold out does it need to be before I can start my coal stove for the season? Currently temperatures at night (Chester county PA) are around 30-40 F at night and 45-55 F during the day. I'm worried that it is too warm during the day right now and the stove will not draft properly. I am using an Alaska Stove Channing III model with anthracite rice coal. It has a standard flue with no direct/power venting.

Thanks!
shredder_54
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:57 pm

s 54, when my house starts to cool down--I light up. That was about a month ago. hand fired, straight up pipe, no frills. Are you getting the hang of your air settings, vent settings??? You should be able to dial that baby down to damn near nothing & remain lit. Just remember, the only dumb questions are the one's we don't ask:)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:55 pm

i would recommend getting a manometer connected then you can see what your draft and safely dial back your stove so it doesn't heat you out of the house. although windowstats ARE sometimes necessary! :)

edit to add....i am just south of you and i waited until last Sunday to light up. a couple sunny days this week it got up to 73 with the stoker running in idle mode, but the temp dropped back down at night.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite


Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:09 am

It's cold enough to lite the stove when Momma says..."I'm cold, lite the stove." That is when it's cold enough to lite the stove.

A happy wife is a happy life.

Rev. Larry
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Baseburners & Antiques: rebuilding a 1906 March Brownback Double Heater, reblacking a UMCO 1920's Pot Belly
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:20 am

I fire up when the highs during the day don't get over 60 degrees. If we happen to get a couple warm days I'll take steps to idle it thru the day so I'm not making new fires. Yours is a stoker right?
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Size Mix

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:28 am

Lightning wrote:I fire up when the highs during the day don't get over 60 degrees.


Where I live that point generally seems to come right in the middle of October. That means that mid October would be the earliest fire up point around here for a hand fired stove.

And on the opposite end, daytime high temps begin to exceed 60 on a consistent basis right around the end of April.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:35 am

lsayre wrote:Where I live that point generally seems to come right in the middle of October. That means that mid October would be the earliest fire up point around here for a hand fired stove.


Yeah that's about right, I lit mine Oct 22.. In past years its been mainly the 3rd week in October 8-)
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Size Mix

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:58 am

I see a week with temps lower than 65 I light. Some say Im nuts but stove is in the basement so its a perfect setup for my needs.
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:31 am

I light up when the next week's forecast is for a 55* daytime high. There maybe a few warm days after that but the open windowstats will take care of that. Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:42 am

Rev. Larry said it all, no need to add to that!
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: kcarr On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:34 pm

Hello Shredder_54 Heck, I fire up First week of September and shut down late June. I can keep a draft (small one) easily up to 80F outside temp...Works well every year. I am in Bucks County PA not far from you. Light it now..will work fine.
With the forecasted temps this week you should have enough draft to suck your hat off !
Ken
kcarr
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA-600 Custom & Probably the only guy in America with my Stoker Boiler in my Den.
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Oil as back up, only used for summer domestic hot water

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: shredder_54 On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:53 pm

Thanks for everyone's input! I just fired her up and everything seems to be working well.
shredder_54
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:10 pm

Good !
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: EasyRay On: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:02 pm

My joints started feeling a lot better on October 20th this year. ;) My stove is in a finished basement.
EasyRay
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman TLC 2000
Coal Size/Type: Pea,Nut or Stove

Re: When is it cold enough to start coal stove?

PostBy: oros35 On: Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:41 pm

When the lows go in the 30's-40's, highs in the 50's-60's it's time to fire up the stove for me, until then it's cheaper to run the heat pump.

I have good draft but get concerned with this old stove if the outside temps get in the 70's. It's so efficient that the exhaust temps will get down under 90 when it's idleing, and a gust of wind will reverse the draft momentarily.
oros35
 
Baseburners & Antiques: 1912 Smith & Anthony Hub Heater #215
Stove/Furnace Make: Smith & Anthony Co.
Stove/Furnace Model: #215 Hub Heater