I don't know, what I don't know

I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: Ctyankee On: Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:41 pm

I like to thank everyone who participates on this form and especially the ones that keep it up and running. I have been burning now for two years and have been enjoying myself and learning alot, in addition to saving money. I would not have had any idea as to what I was doing or how to burn safety and efficiently if I didn't find this site.

When I read new postings from new members who are trying to learn the ins and outs of coal burning my heart goes out to them. There is so much information on here. Solid advice that is universal, along with various view points and personal experiences of issues that people agree to disagree on.

Trying to sort the major topics that you have to know and understand first can be a bit overwhelming. I was wondering has a list of specific posts has been created for someone who never burned coal before? I know I would have found something like this helpful to quickly show me the basics and give me a framework of reference to build upon. As I said in topic title, it is scary to “know you don't know, what you don't know”. You look at that fire and know its HOTTER than anything you have seen before... and its sitting in your house! :shock:

If we keep having winters like this, I expect that there will be more and more people introducing themselves here and and trying to figure out how to use coal. I realize that creating this “intro to coal burning” posting list would take some effort by the ones that are guardians of knowledge here :notworthy: and I am humbly suggesting this with the hope that new member could be quickly pointed in the right direction and lean the basics to burning safely.
Ctyankee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503 insert
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: KLook On: Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:46 pm

I think that is an excellent idea. I have been thinking that most threads become battle grounds of differing opinions. Get them going a then let them tweak and learn and decide for themselves. :idea:

Kevin
KLook
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:39 pm

We;ve all been in the same Beginners situation. many of us have been on here for many years, right after Richard started the site, we have all helped each other out, made many new friends and have a common bond, coal burning, whether a hand fed or stoker.

We have a BEST OF on here, that kinda points many people in a variety of common topics. Many of us will post links to many of the most common things that have been discussed many times.
The Best of Anthracite Coal Forum Topics

We 're all here to learn, teach, observe, save money, stay warm, etc.....and just have fun. :)
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon


Re: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:50 pm

I nominate Rob to do it :D And thats a great idea by the way!


waldo
waldo lemieux
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: dcrane On: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:21 pm

great idea... i did a quick search and came across this LONG thread with tons of good info How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove
Im not sure what ever happen to "Devil" but at 7k posts im sure some of you old timers know him? who was that masked man? and why is he gone? :shock:

It would be good have one for hand fire stoves and separate one for stokers, subject line "Beginners guide to Coal Burning" if someone wanted to pull from my dads coal burners almanac or peters coal comfort or organize the basics into a sticky here on the forum that would be welcome. Im sure we could do one for stokers as well. :clap:
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: Former WoodHog On: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:29 pm

Ctyankee,

Great post and good points...You've got 22 months more than me burning coal but I hear you loud and clear! The knowledge base here is huuuge and for those of us wandering in, it's a little overwhelming, in a good way.

I'm remembering back maybe 6-8 weeks someone posted a problem related to not getting enough heat from their stoker. What followed was a thread that turned out to be "The Newbie's Troubleshooting Guide " for all things stoker. If you copied that lick you've got a great tool in your tool box when you need it....

My point is, with all respect, part of the joy, for me, is in the searching. Thanks to all the members, my knowledge leap has been immense in the past 3 months...for everything I've learned, I know much awaits me, but I look forward to each experience.


I occasionally wander off to the basement and just stare at 'er, hotter than hot, orange glow in the room and think , "What a great choice." and
I've already had the enjoyment of explaining to people " I heat with coal.." and having them look at me as if I've just arrived from Jupiter!



'Hog
Former WoodHog
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Koker Lite
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Vermont Castings Vigilant- Wood

Re: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:58 pm

dcrane wrote:It would be good have one for hand fire stoves and separate one for stokers, subject line "Beginners guide to Coal Burning"


i thought i'd mention that i have something like that being reviewed for hand fired stoves just so efforts wouldn't be duplicated. I agree a separate one for stokers and another for boilers could be useful as a reference.
titleist1
 
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: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: Horace On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:07 pm

dcrane wrote:Im not sure what ever happen to "Devil" but at 7k posts im sure some of you old timers know him? who was that masked man? and why is he gone? :shock:

You really don't want to open that can of worms.

I think that this is a good idea, too. On the Linux Mint forum, there's a section called "Newbie Questions." That might be a good addition here. There are some things that are universal: CO detectors, draft measurement, lighting a stove, baro dampers vs MPDs (kidding on that one), more that I can't think of, but universal truths for each type of stove or set-up. There are probably a host of threads that we could move into each section. There is the risk, though, of fragmenting the forum to the point where no one can find anything.
Horace
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman ST8-VF8 / Frankenstove

Re: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: KLook On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:37 pm

Im not sure what ever happen to "Devil" but at 7k posts im sure some of you old timers know him? who was that masked man? and why is he gone? :shock:


I was doing some searching for something the other night and I came up with a link that took me to another thread in another forum in the past. Who is posting? None other then Devil505........and he got banned from that forum shortly thereafter. ;) He was arguing for the benefits of burning coal against people that claimed it was dirty and dusty and ruined the environment to his credit.
Devil and good ole Stockinful....... We luv ya Samhill! :roll:

Kevin
KLook
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: I don't know, what I don't know

PostBy: dcrane On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:14 pm

KLook wrote:
Im not sure what ever happen to "Devil" but at 7k posts im sure some of you old timers know him? who was that masked man? and why is he gone? :shock:


I was doing some searching for something the other night and I came up with a link that took me to another thread in another forum in the past. Who is posting? None other then Devil505........and he got banned from that forum shortly thereafter. ;) He was arguing for the benefits of burning coal against people that claimed it was dirty and dusty and ruined the environment to his credit.
Devil and good ole Stockinful....... We luv ya Samhill! :roll:

Kevin


Horace: "You really dont want to open that can of worms"

:woot: what I find, what i find! these are the times i wish i joined earlier than i did :confused: I looked at 7k posts and thought OMG its Freetown Fred's Brother!
EDIT: LOL HAHAHA... thanks guys... everyone PM'd me the stories (gives me lots of searching and reading and fun now) i hope Rich didn't delete his stuff
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404