Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

For those of you burning anthracite, what size of coal do you primarily burn?

Egg
0
No votes
Stove
2
2%
Nut
30
37%
Pea
13
16%
Buckwheat
7
9%
Rice
27
33%
Other
2
2%
 
Total votes : 81

Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:27 pm

My first guess is going to be that about 40% burn nut, 40% burn rice, and 5 to 10% burn pea, buck, and/or stove, but let the poll tell us the real story.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13 KW)

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:14 pm

OK, I hit other which deserves an explanation---for 5 seasons I've burnt nothing but NUT--this season, fellow FORUM member fastcat, turned me onto a couple pails of NUT/STOVE mix--which is what I'm burning this season--I'm sold & that mix will continue to be my primary--thanx again George:)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: rberq On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:45 pm

I like stove size. Surprisingly, it burned better in my little Harman Mark I than it does in my larger DS Machine. The problem is that it binds up at the bottom of the hopper and doesn't flow out properly into the firebox. Also because the hopper is narrower at the bottom than the top, stove can wedge together and refuse to drop into the firebox at all. The other problem with stove is that the bigger chunks keep it from packing together, so by my estimation a small firebox holds about 15 percent less by weight compared to nut; 15 percent less coal means 15 percent shorter burn time, which can be significant when you are off at work for the day. Instead of a comfortable 12 hours in the Harman, stove coal only gave me a comfortable 10 hours.
Last edited by rberq on Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:15 am, edited 2 times in total.
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane


Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:26 pm

I have tried pea in my Hitzer but it doesn't like it to good,I burn all nut now but would like to try stove or a mix of nut/stove but stove is not readily available by me. Keepaeyeonit
Keepaeyeonit
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983 insert
Coal Size/Type: Mammoth nut
Other Heating: oil furnace,and a crappy heat pump

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: ShawninNY On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:47 pm

Nut , really happy with latest delivery of Reading bulk from Bethlehem coal on Long Island nut very clean some stove sized pieces mixed in . Shawn
ShawninNY
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Waterford/penn royal in garage
Stove/Furnace Model: 1994 Erin

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: kweis On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:13 pm

My stove only holds about #10 so can't get enough nut in there to hold a fire more than 4 hours or so. With pea will go about 7 hours. Only problem is bridging. Going to try a mix of pea and nut and look for better burning.
kweis
 
Stove/Furnace Make: wittigsthal
Stove/Furnace Model: ?

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:23 am

rberq wrote: The problem is that it binds up at the bottom of the hopper and doesn't flow out properly into the firebox. Also because the hopper is narrower at the bottom than the top, stove can wedge together and refuse to drop into the firebox at all.


I've had the same dilemma trying nut in my pea stove. Even a 50/50 mix of nut/pea, clogs my hopper.
However, my hopper is distorted from the heat. Next season, I'm gunna improve this, and maybe try mixing again.
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: mkline On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:41 am

I burn all stove when I can get it ,but like Fred it's usually a mix of stove and nut.I can get a more complete burn with just burning stove,especially in my old Kodiak.I rarely have any unburt pieces in the ash,plus I seem to be able to control it better.

Mike
mkline
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak x 2...Old and New
Coal Size/Type: Nut and Stove/Anthracite

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:11 am

Totally agree with mk, I've never had a problem with the NUT/STOVE mix going through my hopper. Just sayin:) PS--if anything, LONGER burn times
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:41 am

So what you guys are saying is "bigger is better?" :D
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:50 am

It depends on the burn yer looking for. During warm weather the pea size is easier to burn low and slow and will keep a nice steady even burn that way. During cold weather the stove size is easier to burn hot and fast for good heat production.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Stove Size Mix

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:17 am

Lightning wrote:It depends on the burn yer looking for. During warm weather the pea size is easier to burn low and slow and will keep a nice steady even burn that way. During cold weather the stove size is easier to burn hot and fast for good heat production.


The poll question was phrased to avoid such confusion and complexity. The key word in the poll question is "primarily". if greater than 50% of the coal you burn for a year is nut, then I would figure that primarily you burn nut.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13 KW)

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:26 am

Lightning wrote:It depends on the burn yer looking for. During warm weather the pea size is easier to burn low and slow and will keep a nice steady even burn that way. During cold weather the stove size is easier to burn hot and fast for good heat production.

Must be a difference in stoves. I tried some pea this year when it was extra cold, and I found opening up the air inlet resulted in a very hot fire very fast -- I assumed it was due to more surface area relative to mass. My pea problem came with shaking down the ashes; I seemed to get more unburned coal in the ash pan, again due to the smaller pieces.

mkline wrote:I can get a more complete burn with just burning stove

Yes, I also found that to be true. But again with my stove, stove coal had the other problems. Nut seems to be the compromise that works.
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:29 am

lsayre wrote:The poll question was phrased to avoid such confusion and complexity. The key word in the poll question is "primarily".

Ha! You're a Democrat after all! Trying to cut off debate and go right to a vote! :P :D :lol:
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Poll: What size of anthracite coal do you primarily burn?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:38 am

rberq wrote:Ha! You're a Democrat after all! Trying to cut off debate and go right to a vote! :P :D :lol:


Occasionally Libertarians dance with the Democrats, and occasionally they dance with the Republicans, but mostly they dance with fellow Libertarians, or if none are to be found they dance alone. As an example, Rand Paul seems to be doing a lot of dancing alone these days.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13 KW)