Dennis wrote:I have a 1700 sqft house in SEPA also,I have a handfeed boiler in the basement and I use 3-1/2 to 4 ton a year (70 degrees inside),depending on weather.Your coal compsution seems high,but at 76 degrees inside might be on the right track,tell us more house info,,how much insulation,drafty,kids keeping doors open,ect. Where are you getting your current coal at,it might be less quality,and we can help you with other suppliers in the area.
My exterior walls are uninsulated, attic however is insulated, no kids, stove is in basement.
I am using rice coal (as per Alaska's recommendation and plan to continue burning rice) purchased my coal from Walter Hendricks (Hilltown, PA) where they deliver and place in my coal bin. Before burning coal, I burnt oil (forced hot air furnace). I will have to look at my receipts to determine the quantity of oil I went through but I do know I was spending about $1800-$1900 a year for oil in 2010-2011.
One last thing...Currently my stove is not attached to a thermostat because I read and told that "its a waste of time" to do so and not worth the month for the thermostat. Do you guys have anything to say about this? Do you agree or disagree? So currently, I manually adjust my blower thermostat and combustion feed rate to reach the temp I want.
I will follow up about the quantity of oil I used, once I find the receipts.