Advise for a newby

Advise for a newby

PostBy: bridgebilder2000 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:43 am

From reading here I know bituminous is not ideal but it is what I have access to here in south central Illinois. I have 1300 sf to heat and want to run a boiler in a shed and then to a heat exchanger in my current furnace.
Any ideas on a good system to accomplish this goal? Also what size bit should I get for the best burn?
bridgebilder2000
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: none yet
Other Heating: propane forced air

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: blrman07 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:47 am

Welcome to the forum!!! Hang tight and the bit burners will start chiming in before long. Some questions I know they are going to ask is what is the layout of your home? How are you heating it now? Why the choice of putting it in an outbuilding? How far away? Do you have room in the basement or mechanical room in your home to put it? What's the closest major city to where you live?

Hang around. They will pop in before long.

Rev. Larry
New Beginning Church
Ashland Pa.
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Baseburners & Antiques: rebuilding a 1906 March Brownback Double Heater, using a UMCO 1920's Pot Belly stove in the church
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:49 am

Hand fired or stoker boiler?
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace


Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: bridgebilder2000 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:24 am

It is ranch style no basement. With 1300 sf I just dont have the room to put it inside or deal with the possibility of a mess. I would like a stoker but dont know of any that will burn bit, so hand fired will have to do. I am currently on a forced air proPain! system.
bridgebilder2000
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: none yet
Other Heating: propane forced air

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: McGiever On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:33 am

K.I.S.S. = Hand fed boiler...your load is small. Soft stoker boilers can only be found used and are very large and scarce to find.
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: McGiever On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:38 am

Look on local Craig's List and bring us back some 'links' for our thoughts.
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: bridgebilder2000 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:49 am

McGiever wrote:Look on local Craig's List and bring us back some 'links' for our thoughts.

I have. Just nothing close to me. I have lived in a couple of old houses here that had coal bins but the boilers had been converted to propane and natty gas, so I know at one time it was popular here. Im just looking for any ideas on any available products that might work for me with bit coal.
bridgebilder2000
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: none yet
Other Heating: propane forced air

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: Lightning On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:58 am

Yeah, burning propane I bet yer anxious to do something different... I can't believe how expensive it is getting. I was a former propain burner.. What about just installing a stove? Maybe a fireplace insert? This would gain you savings quicker on a smaller budget.. And since yer not heating a huge mansion, it might be even better than putting something outside. Outside can be a bummer. It would take the fun right out of it..
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Size Mix

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: McGiever On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:03 am

Okay, look at the Royall and Biasi for soft coal boilers.

Hey Lightning, The guy builds bridges...outside boiler is a cake walk. ;)
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: Lightning On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:05 am

McGiever wrote: Hey Lightning, The guy builds bridges...outside boiler is a cake walk. ;)

Awww, I shoulda been a little more observant... :lol:
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Size Mix

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: bridgebilder2000 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:30 am

[quote="McGiever"]Okay, look at the Royall and Biasi for soft coal
I will check those out! I dont mind going out I used to burn wood in an out door boiler, I just want to be warm inside and not give all my money to the big oil companies!
bridgebilder2000
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: none yet
Other Heating: propane forced air

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: McGiever On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:53 am

Some others ... Chappee, H S Tarm, Frank's, Buderus, New York, D S Machine...that should keep you busy. :)
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: bridgebilder2000 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:56 am

Anyone have any experance or thoughts on the Shaver wood coal boilers? http://outdoor-wood-furnaces.com/products/coal-furnace/
bridgebilder2000
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: none yet
Other Heating: propane forced air

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: bridgebilder2000 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:57 am

McGiever wrote:Some others ... Chappee, H S Tarm, Frank's, Buderus, New York, D S Machine...that should keep you busy. :)

Thanks I'll check them all out.
bridgebilder2000
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: none yet
Other Heating: propane forced air

Re: Advise for a newby

PostBy: McGiever On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:20 pm

Heard of Shaver, but wood only. Coal unit looks interesting. :D

Another interesting product I seen there is The Blue Duct.
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek