New to the site, new to coal!!!

Re: New to the site, new to coal!!!

PostBy: Dennis On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:37 pm

Welcome Jesse,your furnace is a US Stove product and is basicly the same as a Cylaton/Firecheif/hotblast and a couple more.Use the search button in top right and type in using bit coal in a hot blast/clayton
New to the site, new to coal!!!
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: New to the site, new to coal!!!

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:04 pm

Glad You've kept us Updated ! Keep Going,Growing and learning your Burner,as it will serve you well! Wait until Berlin Talks you into a Combustioneer Bit Stoker! :gee:
Hambden Bob
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Blower Model Coal Chubby 1982-Serial#0097
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air

Re: New to the site, new to coal!!!

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:05 pm

Welcome Jesse.....
Good to hear you had a measure of success the first burn. Do you have a CO monitor. It is highly recommended to get a couple, safety is primary cause being warm ain't no fun if yer dead. :o
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: New to the site, new to coal!!!

PostBy: JesseLav On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:57 pm

Thanks for the info guys, and yes I have co detector's in the house! Working for the gas company and having to walk through homes where people have died not having one because of a clogged flue pipe taught me well. I've had co detector's for a number of years now, and replace them every 2 yrs. $17 for a life saving device is not a lot of money, I got 2 and replace 1 every other year.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Hot blast 1357M
Other Heating: Oil

Re: New to the site, new to coal!!!

PostBy: whistlenut On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:05 pm

Bet you are not missing the short life of a wood fire anymore, are you? Welcome aboard, and tell your friends about the loosely kept secret of coal as a very cost effective fuel that has NO creosote.
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ & V-Wert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks,Itasca 415,Jensen, NYer 130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska, EFM, Keystoker, Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska, Keystoker-2,Leisure Line
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska, Gibraltar, Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Ford, Jensen, NYer, Van Wert,
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwoods
Coal Size/Type: Barley, Buck, Rice ,Nut, Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: New to the site, new to coal!!!

PostBy: Wheelo On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:26 pm

Welcome aboard!
I too burn Ohio lump coal in my hotblast. And like you, it is my first year burning coal, with absolutely zero intentions of going back to firewood! $75 a ton which lasts roughly 3 weeks, not many other fuels can compete...
I know from first hand experience that our grates have quite the reputatation of getting broken easily. Keep that in mind when you are stabbing or poking around at a klinker stuck in them... Someone mentioned the size of lumps. They were indeed correct, the bigger the better it seems. Smaller more fine lumps will tend to burn off quickly and release gasses very quickly. Whereas a larger lump is a little more "relaxed" in my opinion. I run a manual pipe damper in my flue. Most people I've found prefer a barometric damper, but to each their own. I have a draft probably strong enough to make a small child disappear! Hahaha
Keep lurking around here, and prepare to spend hours searching and reading. This place is rather addicting.
Whereabouts are you located? Where are you getting coal from?

Hand Fed Coal Furnace: 1537 US Stove
Coal Size/Type: Bit
Other Heating: Propane

Re: New to the site, new to coal!!!

PostBy: HardWood1789 On: Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:02 am

Soft coal "fuse" together, is this common?

Yep, my "furnace" is a bottom fed (through an auger) bit coal furnace. The softer the coal the more likely this will happen. The finer the coal (especially if there is a lot of dust mixed in) the more likely this will happen. Mine will "chimney" on me at times, a long column straight up. Mix some (about 1/4 ratio) of hard coal with the bit and this should help.

The worst part is the coal bed will go out and all there is is the chimney. I hand stock some of the bigger (nut size) to get the bed fired up again.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer Mark IV