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
A good rule of thumb for a hand fired smaller unit is one 5-gallon plastic bucket per day, average. That is being a real coal miser. For a less efficient setup, or older stove, or a stove with lots of air leaks, the high end would be 2 buckets a day.
A bucket is 40 lb. average, so 2 buckets a day is 80 lbs. That would be worst case. If I was burning 2 buckets a day, I'd be looking to see why, and trying to cut it back- because in 4 months at 2 buckets a day, it'll burn 6 tons. That's $1200 in coal and a bit high historically. I've never burned more than 2.5 tons/year on the worst years, for past 20 years- and never burned a full 3 tons even with my old, leaky inefficient stove back in 1995, in a real hard winter.
If you're using more than 80 lb. per day, or 1.5 tons/month- there's something wrong. The coal heating systems I've seen with the most voracious appetite never burned more than 6 tons a year, if the stove was half decent and not leaky. My grandmother used to run 2 stoves at the same time, a boiler used as free standing basement heat, circulators disconnected- and a combo coal/gas cook stove in kitchen, all winter and never burned more than 6 tons- in an old house with no insulation.
In your case I'd be looking for a target of 3-4 tons per year maximum, preferably less.