Loghomegirl wrote:How do you know how much coal you are "supposed" to burn? I burned through almost 6,000 lbs of coal last year. I have a 1700 square foot log home and know that I am using too much coal. It was installed in 2009 and I've been running it myself since 2010. I had the chimney relined with the pipe insulation, vacuum it a few times during the time it runs and it's my only source of heat I choose to use. I know this is an open ended question, but really could use some feedback please!!!
I track the daily high and low temperature projections for my area on Accuweather's monthly chart, and from the daily highs and lows I calculate (via a spreadsheet) the projected monthly total of HDD's (heating degree days). I know how much coal I typically burn per HDD, so once I know the total of HDD's, I also know about how much coal I should burn.
6,000 lbs. of coal per season sounds great. I burn closer to 9,500 lbs. per heating season.