Hi there, been reading many of the posts on the forum for a few days now, and thought someone might be able to provide some insight. I do not have a coal stove yet, but am planning on getting one in the next few months. I just bought a 1700 square foot mill house built in the 1820's. Basement can only be accessed from doors built into the porch. We have about a 12 year old propane forced air furnace. Heats the house well, but from mid-march to mid-april, we burned through 25% of our propane tank (unsure of size, buried tank). We are expecting a little one in August, so we want to be able to keep the house warm next winter without breaking the bank with multiple propane fill-ups. As of now, we are looking to get a stoker.
Here are a few questions I have.
I've been looking at purchasing a used stove to save money. What should I be looking for to make sure the stove functions safely?
Any suggestions for an appropriate size/brand? I've been eyeing the Baker Phoenix Stoker if I need to purchase new. They are a local company. Any other affordable suggestions? (http://www.bakerstoves.com/stoves4.htm
Is there a way to tap into the existing chimney for the flue? Is a masonry chimney a must? Or can I run stove pipe on some sort of bracket up the back of the house?
Any suggestions for coal suppliers? I live in Adams county, PA, and would probably buy 2-3 tons for a heating season.
What sort of costs can I expect for installation of stove? I dont know what I am doing and plan on paying someone to install. I know costs will vary, but what can I expect... ballpark? Anyone familiar with local installers I should contact?
Appreciate any help you seasoned coal veterans can offer. Thanks in advance!!!