Restoring my new to me 404

Re: Restoring my new to me 404

PostBy: franco b On: Tue May 20, 2014 5:32 pm

2.5 cords of good hardwood could weigh as much as 10,000 pounds, plus there is the 1000 pounds of bio bricks. To equal that i think you will need at least 3 tons of coal.
franco b
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
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Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: Restoring my new to me 404

PostBy: dcrane On: Wed May 21, 2014 6:34 am

franco b wrote:2.5 cords of good hardwood could weigh as much as 10,000 pounds, plus there is the 1000 pounds of bio bricks. To equal that i think you will need at least 3 tons of coal.


Im not sure the house size/insulation but it seems to me almost anyone would burn at least 2 ton if they burn 24/7 (which they should if your a coal burner, it becomes a pretty simple part of your whole lifestyle which is why the bunch of us coal heads are here together). A very important thing to watch before you purchase an entire load for the year is the brand/mine/batch of coal your buying (cheaper is NOT necessarily better) and burning good quality coal VS a crappie batch is like NIGHT VS DAY! (another reason we are all here together on this forum because we discover the "good mines", the "good deals" VS the *censored*! LOL)

I know last year blaschak was pretty damb good in your neck of the woods and coalvet had a handle on a well priced vendor. Im also sure Franco can lead you to some good suppliers in Conn. (just be aware that its important to buy coal that is known to be of good quality!)
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Restoring my new to me 404

PostBy: ddahlgren On: Wed May 21, 2014 7:50 am

The person I have in mind sells Blasack in 40 lb. bags 375 a pallet at 2400 lbs. a pallet of nut size.
I am not looking to heat house over 68 to 70 max on first floor and high 50's to low 60's second floor as all bedrooms and I don't sleep well in a warm room.

House 1874 1200 sq. ft. of heated living area 2/3 first floor 1 third bedrooms second floor.
Windows single pane wood but in good condition and 3M window film and thermal drapes in winter opened by where I am and where the sun is but closed at night.

As far as heating goes I am a frugal guy and no problem wearing thermal under wear or lined Levi's. Last few years even when burning wood all day it goes like this.

Starting in the morning crank it at 400 to 500 for a few hours then damp down when I go out to the shop and it coasts down to 350 for the entire day.
At 4 pm toss in some wood and crank it up for a few hours and bring the house up to 68-70 until 9 pm then damp down for the night.

I realize from reading here that coal is slow to react and my plan with coal is hold off as long as I can before burning coal preferably until a weekend when not in the shop during the day and just try to keep it going at 400 stove top constantly before getting creative. I would think how fast things change and how easy it is will be subject to my installation chimney etc. learning to use the stack damper and air controls. I have a stove top thermometer stack insert type thermometer and draft gauge.

I have read there are a few ways to start a coal fire and some like charcoal and some like wood. Is this stove partial to one way or another?
ddahlgren
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404