Burning coal in this boiler?

Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: Thechap On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:00 pm

I have an outdoor Crown wood boiler which I have fed wood to for the last five years. The business I bought it from said I could burn coal in it. The boiler is steel and does have grates running the length of the fire box.

I was thinking I could burn the larger coal (can't remember the technical name). I have a Harmon coal stove inside my home and I burn nut coal in it.
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Thechap
 
Other Heating: Outdoor wood boiler
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark III

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: tsb On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:17 pm

You'll be the first to know ! Give it a try.
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Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:21 pm

The large football size chunks are bituminous coal. Is that what you were trying to remember?
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Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: oliver power On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:39 pm

lsayre wrote:The large football size chunks are bituminous coal. Is that what you were trying to remember?
If Anthracite, maybe you're trying to think of "STOVE" size.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II)
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Stove/Furnace Make: HITZER / KEYSTOKER
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93 & 30-95 , Kaa-2

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: StokerDon On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:53 pm

As long as you can get under fire air to it and restrict over fire air it should do well with Anthracite stove size coal. With a big fire box like that you should get 24 hr burn times easy. There is a guy in Emmitsburg that sells reading coal and reading coal stoves. I don't remember the name but it's just off of RT15 at the state line.

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: Wiz On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:28 pm

Get some buckets to try it out, I'm interest on how it will do..
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Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: Thechap On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:00 am

It has a blower that blows air from under the wood. When the blower kicks on it looks like a blast furnace in there. I was just hoping that the coals didn't get too hot and maybe melt the grates? I am able to adjust the temperature of the stove. When it's in the teens I turn the stove up to 180 degrees. When the stove is up to temperature the blower kicks off.
Thechap
 
Other Heating: Outdoor wood boiler
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark III

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: Sting On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:03 am

Talked to a guy last week that throws a bag -- a whole dam bag - of stove coal in his smoke dragon when his load get ahead of him.
Around here that at least 9 bucks up the stack - but he claims it lasts the night.
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Other Heating: BurnHAM=NG-gas

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: Thechap On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:42 am

The guy I used to purchase coal from just called. He has nut coal for $215.00 a ton. He said this is what he uses in his two outdoor woodstoves. I have no idea what the price of coal is anymore.
Thechap
 
Other Heating: Outdoor wood boiler
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark III

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: StokerDon On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:28 am

Chap,

I'm in southern York county and I get rice and nut delivered for $205 a ton. Last year it was $235 a ton, so you are right in the ballpark.
Com'on, get some coal go'in in this thing and post some pics!

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: mattcoalburner On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:45 pm

oliver power wrote:
lsayre wrote:The large football size chunks are bituminous coal. Is that what you were trying to remember?
If Anthracite, maybe you're trying to think of "STOVE" size.

I would try larger then stove egg or bigger
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Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: Thechap On: Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:42 pm

Well, first day of coal burning went well. On the second day, in the evening I shook the coal down and added some for the night burn. The next morning I find the coal fire had gone out and the water temperature was down to 145 degrees. My stove was set at 160 degrees.

While cleaning out the stove to remake the fire we discovered a lot of ash which was preventing the coal from getting air. I thought I shook the fire down pretty good the evening before but guess not.

I didn't have time to wait to get the coal fire burning so just burned wood yesterday. This morning I just added coal to a nice bed of coals. Do you think there would be a problem with poking holes in the coal bed from above down to the grates to make sure I am getting enough air? Since it is colder out today and is going to be like this for awhile I turned the stove up to 180 degrees.
Thechap
 
Other Heating: Outdoor wood boiler
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark III

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:34 pm

Chap,

When shaking the grates, you have to shake them hard enough and long enough to get lit coal dropping into the ash pan. They should be short, fast hard strokes, kind a like.... Well, you know. This will bring lit coal down close to the grate where it can breath the air coming up under the coal bed.

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: Thechap On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:55 pm

We had a great coal fire all night. I shook it down a little this morning and added some coal. About an hour later I checked it and I was losing the coal fire. The blower was on but not enough air was getting to the coal. The water temperature was below 160 degrees. I got the hoe out, dug up the bed of coals, shook it down and added wood. With the weather we are having I better burn wood until I get it figured out.

One nice thing is I have a Harmon Mark 3 in the livingroom and I am going to fire that bad boy up.
Thechap
 
Other Heating: Outdoor wood boiler
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark III

Re: Burning coal in this boiler?

PostBy: gjtcodered On: Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:25 pm

StokerDon wrote:Chap,

I'm in southern York county and I get rice and nut delivered for $205 a ton. Last year it was $235 a ton, so you are right in the ballpark.
Com'on, get some coal go'in in this thing and post some pics!

-Don

Hey Don, who did you get to deliver coal in York county?
gjtcodered
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