How much coal should I be using??

Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: Loco627 On: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:24 pm

Rob R. wrote:That basement is absorbing a lot of heat.


I'm sure it is! I intend to start putting foam insulation board on at least the top 4 feet of block that is not underground after Christmas. I'm hoping that will help some.

Carbon12 wrote:How is the warm air getting from the basement to the first floor?


I have a bi level, the basement doors are open to the stairs. Sort of centrally located in the house. I also cut a vent in the floor in the hallway and one in the kitchen. I disconnected a heating duct in the far end of the house to use a return, although I think that needs to be made bigger. It's a pretty small duct.
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:28 pm

Have you tried running the fan on the existing furnace to help circulate the air around the house? As long as the existing furnace is in a heated space, circulating the air might help.
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: Loco627 On: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:32 pm

Carbon12 wrote:Have you tried running the fan on the existing furnace to help circulate the air around the house? As long as the existing furnace is in a heated space, circulating the air might help.



I've considered it. My forced air oil system has no returns, it just pulls air straight from the basement. :? It would probably work pretty well in this situation because of that, but I wanted to try everything I could first to not use electric and not listen to the fan run.
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:49 pm

You might be able to lower the fan speed resulting in less noise. A lower speed would probably be better for circulation.
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:31 am

You could also try removing the blower compartment door and air filter from your oil furnace and see if the supply duct system will act as a passive return duct system. Assuming you're not using the oil furnace currently. I'm curious If that would work :D
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: Loco627 On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:40 pm

That's probably a good idea. I'll give it a shot.
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: Chuck_Steak On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:53 pm

Loco627 wrote:
.... I intend to start putting foam insulation board on at least the top 4 feet of block that is not underground after Christmas.
I'm hoping that will help some.


You won't believe the difference...
Guarandoubleteed.

Dan.
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: ColdHouse On: Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:17 am

High temperatures during the day here are in the teens lows in single digits. I am burning 100# a day heating a 1982 house with over 3000 square feet using 2 stoves. A smaller glacier bay in the finished walkout lower level and a Hitzer 503 insert on the main level. Lower level is nice and toasty and we leave the door at the top of the stairs open. That stoves uses 20# a day. The Hitzer is using 40# twice a day. House is warm. With oil last year I used 180 gallons every 5 weeks but kept the house 62 while awake and home and 58 when away or asleep. Regarding venting It may not be that difficult to reconfigure what was intended to be heat vent into a supply for the blower on your furnace. I did this. I had 2 heat vents in close proximity of the stove. I found that duct and hooked that up and used it as my intake to my blower and redistribute the warm air to my second floor via existing ductwork.
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: nortcan On: Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:30 am

Like someone said, try to get the fan RPm as low as you can. Less noise and the moved air seems warmer when moving slowly.
Air circulation is very efficient to get all the house confortable, insulation is an other must when wanting to keep that confort Inside of the house :)
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Re: How much coal should I be using??

PostBy: ddahlgren On: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:17 am

bigjoe35 wrote:Hi there im new to the site but have found it very helpfull and I have a question about coal cunsumption.
I have a 30-95 with blower and anthracite nut coal, I am using a 6" pipe from vents in scranton pa. Im heating a 1900 square ft doublewide the stove is located in thge living room and the floor plan is very open. How much coal roughly should I be using?
And also should I buy a timer for the blower or just run it all the time with the dial a temp?
Thanks for any help


The obvious question is where do you live and what is the average weather your house wind load etc.
At the end of the day it will be cheaper than anything else.
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