Had to go back on oil

Had to go back on oil

PostBy: blrman07 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:43 am

It pains me to say that I had to turn off the LL Econo1 stoker and restart the oil boiler. The LL is in the dining room and heats the whole house on about 40 pounds a day of rice coal. Somehow through no fault of my own I contracted the flu. My wife weighs 98 pounds and can't carry a 40 pound bucket of coal much less hoist it to the top of the hopper. Yep she's a cute little thing!! She also has chronic asthma and I keep her away from anything to do with the ashes.

I am hoping this malady doesn't last too long since we only have 50 gallons of oil. That was what I ordered when we moved in a year and a half ago to test the boiler and have it in case of just this type of situation.

This really sucks as we both got used to having the house at 75. To conserve the oil we are keeping it at 65. Our 17 year old cat seems to be taking this the hardest though. When he see's me he starts meowing and running to the coal stove. He sits in front of the cold dead stove and puts out this mournful wail and then comes back to me and meows continuously while turning around to look at the stove.

If nothing else I gotta get better and restart the coal stove just to shut up this cat.

Rev. Larry
New Beginning Church
Ashland, Pa.
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310 this summer
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:54 am

Hopefully you will have a fast recovery.
Heating oil....gives me the chills just thinking about it. :(
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:57 am

Feel better soon!
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

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Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: McGiever On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:01 am

Is there a bucket the cat can carry? :taz:
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: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:03 am

I wish I lived near you Larry, I could've filled the stove for you until you got back on your feet. Let us know if things get worse. Feel better!
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: blrman07 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:21 am

McGiever wrote:Is there a bucket the cat can carry? :taz:


I tried talking to the cat about that. He just held up a paw to show me he had no thumbs. He uses that excuse for a lot of things!!!

Maybe by this afternoon I can restart the stove. Went to the doc yesterday and she said it was what they have dubbed the "mini flu" because it has all the flu symptoms except vomiting and diarrhea. That seems to be rampant in our area from what I understand via my friends on Facebook.

My wife told me I even screwed up getting the flu as I couldn't get the real thing. I told her to come closer so I could cough on her.

Rev. Larry
New Beginning Church
Ashland Pa.
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310 this summer
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Had to go back on oil

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

Larry

Wish I lived nearby as well! Is there anyone out there that can help out the Good Rev? :?: :?: :?:

Get well soon!!!
ONEDOLLAR
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford #2 Base Heater
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: Lightning On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:04 am

Hope ya feel better soon partner..

Poor poor kitty... :angel:
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:08 am

All kinds of crap going around. I contracted a nasty chest cold. Even the guys that don;t have asthma caught it ... so it was bad. Been hacking clumps up for weeks now. Probably had pneumonia for a bit too ... but I'm so used to not being able to breathe that it's just another day for me. :lol:

I know that cat sound - the deep meow that says "PLEASE HELP ME! THE WORLD IS ENDING!!" :lol: They love their heat, that's for sure. Since we installed the boiler, the cats have been crowding us out of the bed. I wake up with at least 2 of them on me or my legs ... :D
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: dcrane On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:24 am

best wishes for a speedy recovery Larry!

Weve all seen Smitty's Coal Kittie (he keeps watchdog eyes on Smittys coal at all times), when your feeling better.... take some photo's of your cat whaling in front of the dead stove trying to reach out and run it :lol:
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: Horace On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:43 am

Wish I were closer, Larry. I'd be happy to tend the stove. You're a couple of hours on a good day, but with current conditions and three kids home from school it's a bit too scary.

Get well!
Horace
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman ST8-VF8 / Frankenstove

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:56 am

Brandy Padre, a liter a day, keeps the Doc away---get well quick :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:10 pm

Fred: saddle up the 8-N, and head for Rev Larry's.....I'll meet you from the East side.........Chains......bumpy ride, but just bite down on an ole tee shirt (rolled up). Bet we'll make the PM news!

Hopefully someone could stop by an help Larry out, he sure would do it for any of us. I'm 492 miles away, certainly some good guys from the fire dept or PD would help out a brother.
After all, Larry, as Geico says: It's HUMP Day!!
whistlenut
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:34 pm

This is a good example of a drawback to solid fuel. If you become disabled, someone else needs to haul the coal and ashes...or you better have a backup system that is hands-off. A few days ago my dad began to have terrible chest pains and went to see his doctor. They told him to not do ANYTHING physical until they could get him in for a heart catherization...which was yesterday. Thankfully they were able to get things flowing again and he came home today, but he will still be on restricted duty for a week or so. My brother lives next door, so he has been on coal/ash duty for almost a week and will probably take care of it for another week. Dad's house has an oil boiler, but I'd rather he got to recover in a house that was warm and quiet than one with a cold basement and a noisy oil burner.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Had to go back on oil

PostBy: tsb On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:38 pm

That's what teenagers and money was invented for.
Get a youngster from the congregation to stop by twice a day.
tsb
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II

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