coal fatigue

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:01 am

My boiler had been in dire need of a scrubbing for over a month now. Sure as hell ain't doing it now! ;)
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: coal fatigue

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:15 am

Can't you slow down the burn and get in there with a wire brush quick? Might make a big difference....
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:34 am

Every week to two, I cut the power, open a nearby door and window, wait for the fire to die down a bit, put on the hearth gloves and take a long furnace brush and do a quick brush down. Seems to make a big difference. Only takes 5 minutes. I shovel out all the fallen fly ash, button the boiler back up and turn her back on. No fuss no muss.
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace


Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:59 pm

I'm feeling it too. I'm more sick of the cold and snow; another damned snow storm for this weekend supposedly. I'm ready for some warmer weather. But nope. I've gotta place an order for coal here; might be able to go pick it up this weekend after work sometime.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: qbwebb On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:15 pm

I'm fatigued of hearing people complain about the oil truck visiting their house again and getting looked at like I have 2 heads when I say little black rocks. I'm definitely feeling the cabin fever though, looking forward to the 1 week of cool enough to work outside w/ out breaking a sweat or getting eaten alive weather.
qbwebb
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: VF3000

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: nortcan On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:10 pm

Hum, maybe sick but since I have the Sunnyside in the living room, it never gets cold enough outside. So pleasant to have the house warm 24/24.
Anyway, we are just on March tomorrow , so be real ""coal burner guys"" and thank God to have the chance to de warm.
nortcan
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Stuart,Peterson/ Grander
Stove/Furnace Model: Sunnyside/ Golden Bride

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: joeq On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:01 pm

Lu47Dan wrote:I need to cut more wood tomorrow as I am about out. I have logs in several piles that all I need to do is cut and split. The problem being my splitter is powered by a Wisconsin TJD 2 cylinder engine,
I have a bunch of small logs 5-7" in diameter that I will cut up tomorrow.
I had a plan to cut up all my wood for this year last fall but pulled two muscles in my right arm doing something dumb and that put me behind. This year I am going to my firewood starting the first dry day after "Mud Season" is over.
Dan.


Is this a reason to convert, or what? :)
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:11 pm

joeq wrote:Is this a reason to convert, or what? :)

It's part of the reason I converted. :)
SWPaDon
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous. Labeled as 'Big Vein', about the size of acorns. Makes a lot of ash, but heats well and lasts longer than my previous coal.

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: joeq On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:23 pm

Congratulations Don. (Sell the wood splitter)
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:19 pm

Would my 5 gallon pails--FULL-- feeling twice as heavy now as in Sept. fall into the coal fatigue category or the, I'm getting older & I'm sick of all this *censored* category??? :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: joeq On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:33 pm

C'mon Fred, you're not getting older, your getting "better". (Remember that one? :) ) Think of it as exercise. Would you rather be cutting, splitting stacking, storing, and feeding wood?
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:41 pm

Aside from--OK--getting better, yesterday I filled all 12 of my 5 gal. pails & brought them in by the stove---good for this upcoming sub-zero week---I'm sure my back & shoulders will be back to normal come spring--always the optimist I am :flex: :clap: toothy As far as the wood?????? NAH, been there done that, like many of us:)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: joeq On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:04 pm

freetown fred wrote:Aside from--OK--getting better, yesterday I filled all 12 of my 5 gal. pails & brought them in by the stove


And you did all of this in...what?...10-15 minutes? To "keep" yourself getting...."better", try improving your times, say, every week or so Fred. Maybe next week you'll be able to do it in 8-10 minutes. Wasn't Jack LeLanne an inspiration to you? :)
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:04 pm

Well I got to keep my voice down here so she doesn't hear me.

I guess I'm spoiled. I got me a great woman at home. Since I've been so busy at the shop, she has taken over most of the coal chores at home. It started a couple years ago when she took over the AA ash pan emptying from her father. I just have to maintain it and sometimes get in the bin and do some shoveling. The light shoveling she does herself.

Out in the garage, I tend to the LL Hyfire II every morning. I do empty the ash pan and refill the hopper. We have a 55 gal plastic barrel in there. I was filling it on the weekends but since I've been working them too, she has even been filling the barrel for me.

The real issue is that I haven't had time to get outside and enjoy this bountiful snowfall. Took those couple days in Maine, but that has been it. I haven't even been outside sledding with the grandkids. I plow the snow on big piles for them and head to work.

Finally having an employee may start to lighten the workload so I can get home before 9:30. But soon enough it will be spring and then the mowing begins.

But without her help, I would be one sore and tired mofo...........



Rick
Rick 386
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: coal fatigue

PostBy: Lu47Dan On: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:46 pm

joeq wrote:
Lu47Dan wrote:I need to cut more wood tomorrow as I am about out. I have logs in several piles that all I need to do is cut and split. The problem being my splitter is powered by a Wisconsin TJD 2 cylinder engine,
I have a bunch of small logs 5-7" in diameter that I will cut up tomorrow.
I had a plan to cut up all my wood for this year last fall but pulled two muscles in my right arm doing something dumb and that put me behind. This year I am going to my firewood starting the first dry day after "Mud Season" is over.
Dan.


Is this a reason to convert, or what? :)

I do have a plan to convert to coal in the future, but will still keep my wood cutting gear. After all the fire ring does not burn coal efficiently. I probably burn about a two cords of junk wood in it a year. I have a fire almost every Friday and Saturday nights during the spring summer and fall when the weather cooperates.
I have to start gathering materials and equipment to do the switch over.
Dan.
Lu47Dan
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Sears circulator air tight stove.
Other Heating: Crown 115,000 BTU oil fired boiler(house) Weil Mclain 150,000BTU oil fired boiler(Shop)


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