How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: AKHEARTH On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:39 pm

Lsayre are you happy with your coal gun? How many zones?
Thank you
AKHEARTH
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:16 am

AKHEARTH wrote:Lsayre are you happy with your coal gun? How many zones?
Thank you


Quite happy! Four zones using zone valves and a single circulator.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: Frytown On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:21 pm

BigFoot wrote:I started with almost 8 tons in aug, had to get more on the 12th of feb (had about 1 ton left ),got 3 more tons should be good till sept ,but used about 2 tons more this year ! for 2,000 sq ft is that bad house at 70f and heating my water too



I am also about two tons ahead of schedule. Just a damncold winter. Old brick homes from 1800's make the wife beg for furnace to be on in September. So by December everything the bin was looking thin. Got 4 more ton halfway through December. And it started to look thin beginning of march so I ordered 3 more ton. If I burn it all this winter this will Be the most I've gone through. Last year was 9. This year is looking like 10 or 11. Learned why wet coal is very very bad with the last three ton. Fines suck! Hope it drys out.
Frytown
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1957 Axeman Anderson 130 to FHA
Coal Size/Type: Pea


Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:21 am

Frytown wrote:
BigFoot wrote:I started with almost 8 tons in aug, had to get more on the 12th of feb (had about 1 ton left ),got 3 more tons should be good till sept ,but used about 2 tons more this year ! for 2,000 sq ft is that bad house at 70f and heating my water too



I am also about two tons ahead of schedule. Just a damncold winter. Old brick homes from 1800's make the wife beg for furnace to be on in September. So by December everything the bin was looking thin. Got 4 more ton halfway through December. And it started to look thin beginning of march so I ordered 3 more ton. If I burn it all this winter this will Be the most I've gone through. Last year was 9. This year is looking like 10 or 11. Learned why wet coal is very very bad with the last three ton. Fines suck! Hope it drys out.


At least you had the AA to keep that old house warm! I'd try to get a bigger bin built and/or shop around for some coal with less fines.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: oliver power On: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:38 am

I figured 5 ton for the whole winter (house only). Looks like I'm on target. So, about the same as other years. This year I used bagged pea coal in the shop. I would pick up 10 - 15 bags as needed.
oliver power
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II)
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Stove/Furnace Make: HITZER / KEYSTOKER
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93 & 30-95 , Kaa-2

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: HardWood1789 On: Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:10 am

Six tons bought thus far, still have a ton in the bin, will likely get me through till spring.
HardWood1789
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer Mark IV

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: Pauliewog On: Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:33 pm

Looks like 5 ton at the end of February.
Pauliewog
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska 140 Dual Paddle Feed
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Anthracite

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:14 pm

Since the topic makes no mention of the type of fuel,I figured I would post our wood usage & make most everyone feel better about their situation. From Oct. 15,2013 to Mar. 12,2014 = 22 weeks ,during that time we burned approx. 20 cord, 2 of our suppliers were supplying almost 100% Ash wood which burns quick,hot & leaves lots of ash behind,we switched to another supplier who has almost 100% oak & drastically stretched the burn time per cord. I do not have precise figures for all scenarios,but we did go thru 1/2 cord for Jan. 7,2014 ..... -5* a/m with high at 8* & 30+ mph winds, the Ash wood used alone took 1 cord for 5 days. I have no exact figures on the oak but it made a huge difference.When we figured out the Ash wood problem we cut a number of mulberry & a few cherry trees on our property & mixed the green wood with the Ash wood to slow the wood consumption,till we got 5 cords of oak dumped off early march. We are still hoping to go to coal b4 next winter,we shall see what happens.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: DennisH On: Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:32 am

Through this morning I've burned 225 bags of coal (almost 4 pallets worth) and approximately 4 cords of hardwood. That's about double what my past consumptions was, 2 pallets coal and 2 cords of wood. We've broken the long-standing record for cold here in 'da U.P. eh, with 70 days of below zero temperatures. While I still have 6 pallets of coal covered & stored outside, digging them out of the 4-5 ft snow drifts will be an issue of this cold lasts too much longer. I have enough bags in the basement for about three more weeks. But, I also have a 2500sqft ranch-style house to heat, and I don't skimp one iota on the heat level. My goal is to keep the house at 70-73degF. Only when it gets down to 20 below and colder does the house temp drop to 68deg. But that's still not too bad. My friends in S.E. lower Michigan are struggling to keep their homes at 62-65degF with natural gas and not breaking the bank. Yay coal!! (and wood) :D :D
DennisH
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon-Eagle Klondike IV
Other Heating: Propane

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:57 am

Looks like I forgot to mention that we heat 2 houses & a repair shop with our OWB. My thinking on heat inside a building is to have it warm ,if not warm one can just stay out in the cold,we heat all buildings to 70-73*,unfortunately we have to be out in the cold when tending the OWB, so that is another reason to have it warm when we get back inside. The outside temps do not dictate our inside temps,we just burn more wood. I also forgot to mention that we had burned some nut coal in the OWB, we were trying to stretch overnite burn times,even threw 4 50# bags of nut in 1 nite with the wood,but because of the OWB design coal just does not work well & is more hassle than it's worth for us.Even with the wood usage so high this winter with the brutal temps,we still used less wood than we have in some past yrs as we have tightened the buildings up gradually over the yrs. $3500 for wood from mid Oct. to mid Mar.,not to bad considering the 3 buildings we heat,i would hate to see those $$$$$$ multiply if it was oil or propain.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:28 am

windyhill4.2 wrote:Since the topic makes no mention of the type of fuel,I figured I would post our wood usage & make most everyone feel better about their situation. From Oct. 15,2013 to Mar. 12,2014 = 22 weeks ,during that time we burned approx. 20 cord, 2 of our suppliers were supplying almost 100% Ash wood which burns quick,hot & leaves lots of ash behind,we switched to another supplier who has almost 100% oak & drastically stretched the burn time per cord. I do not have precise figures for all scenarios,but we did go thru 1/2 cord for Jan. 7,2014 ..... -5* a/m with high at 8* & 30+ mph winds, the Ash wood used alone took 1 cord for 5 days. I have no exact figures on the oak but it made a huge difference.When we figured out the Ash wood problem we cut a number of mulberry & a few cherry trees on our property & mixed the green wood with the Ash wood to slow the wood consumption,till we got 5 cords of oak dumped off early march. We are still hoping to go to coal b4 next winter,we shall see what happens.


That is a lot of wood to handle...and $3500 is plenty for all the work that goes along with it. You will be shocked at how much more efficient a stoker boiler is when you get one up and running. We went from 15-16 cords per winter + fuel oil for the real cold nights to 7 tons of anthracite per winter.

Is the OWB worth anything?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:01 am

Yes Rob, the OWB should be worth $1500- $3000,new in 2006 it was $6200,new now are $8000 +. New units like this can no longer be sold by the manufacturer to residential customers in Pa.,only farms & commercial users,all residential units must be wood gassification units.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: How much have you used through Feb. for this 2013/14 season

PostBy: mastiffdude On: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:12 pm

I have an old Alaska stoker that i use for primary heat and i burned through 3 Tons of rice coal.Its about equal to past seasons but the house has been colder this year.
mastiffdude
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker Early model
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: small cannon heater,1910
Baseburners & Antiques: Quick Time #5,1897
Coal Size/Type: rice,stove,nut
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska _Quick Time Base Burner
Stove/Furnace Model: Alaska Stoker ,Quick Time #5