Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

Re: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:46 am

From Dec 10,2016 to Mar.24,2017 my 404 has done a great job of keeping a real warm spot in my house. My cats have really learned to love the area near &around the stove with 3-4 of them laying on the warm concrete . At 1pm yesterday,i turned the air knobs closed to end the life of the coal fire that had been burning since Dec 10. :( This 3rd season for this stove warming me has been primarily done with Gale nut coal with a few buckets of Reading nut left over from last yr. thrown in just to verify how good the Gale coal performs. I am VERY pleased with the overall performance of the Gale coal & will certainly be buying more from them.

It was a bittersweet experience to kill the fire as I really enjoy the warmth radiating from the stove & the roughly 4 gals of moisture each day from the big pot of water on top of the stove. I am now into my Spring Rush season here in my repair shop,so even the few minutes each am & pm that were needed to tend the stove will be a help in getting more shop work done.

I did not count how many buckets of coal I burned this season. Since my wife died last yr. I have lost the motivation to really care about many of the details of daily life. I do know that the coal usage was similar to other yrs.,but I needed less primary air when burning Gale vs Reading & the blue flames were prettier & kept going nearly constantly.
Now I need to get used to the hot air exchanger fan cycling more often to warm my house with only the EFM520 which is burning Gales large rice.
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: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:18 am

I know what your talking about how some details are just not that important anymore. I lost fire 4-5 times this winter because I just plain forgot to feed the Vig. Before my wife died I kept the house warm because she liked it around 74 all the time. After she became bed bound she wanted it at 80. In order to keep her warm I fed that stove without fail. I made sure I had plenty of coal and always had a bucket sitting close to the stove to make sure it wasn't wet and would catch right away.

It went out about a week ago and I missed the nice warm glow on my back as I sat at the table. Instead of lighting it off again I just turned the oil burner thermo to 70. Then a couple days ago I decided I actually missed the warmth from the stove. I went to Keystone Anthracite and bought some buckets of pea, a bag of lump charcoal and lit it off.

I sat in front of your 404 and it is a HEATER!!!! I will keep feeding my vig probably until it gets to the 40's and stays there. Then I'll switch over to the bucket a day and heat the water for the radiators. I got it piped so the water it heats goes through the oil boiler and into the system. Not sure how long I'll run that as we get hot water from the boiler also.
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:15 am

Letting your stove go out in the spring is like saying goodbye to an old friend.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:04 am

Rob R. wrote:Letting your stove go out in the spring is like saying goodbye to an old friend.


Killing my stove for the season isn't as bad as when I had to kill injured or dying pets ,but it almost gets close to the same feeling. My stove keeps my living room at 74-76 * all the time & makes for very comfortable sitting in the evening plus it makes many cats very warmly satisfied. So far,none of the cats have complained to me & maybe with the outside temps going up,they will find happiness more outside for now. In the 5 day forecast there is only 1 nite with temps below 40*,& only 1 day with temps below 50* with 1 day over 70*.

So.. during the cold weather months,i enjoyed the warmth from my coal stove..
Now.. during warmer months I will enjoy the flowers that bloom ,the green grass with the smell of freshly cut grass & lots of time spent outdoors.
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: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:12 am

Now that right there is a positive outlook Windy man. Good on ya..... :D
waldo lemieux
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:34 am

waldo lemieux wrote:Now that right there is a positive outlook Windy man. Good on ya..... :D


That is an optimistic outlook on what is likely to be a very dismal spring for flowers blooming here. Last yr. most of my tulips froze & didn't flower,this yr. it looks like the daffodils & tulips are in the same condition. This next week or so will show what all got frozen.I tried to keep the outside warm too,i didn't install any new windows yet as I thought that might help keep the outside temps a bit higher but it didn't seem to help. :)
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: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:37 am

windyhill4.2 wrote:I tried to keep the outside warm too,i didn't install any new windows yet as I thought that might help keep the outside temps a bit higher but it didn't seem to help. :)


Well geez, what settings were ya using? were ya roofin it? :D
waldo lemieux
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:46 am

waldo lemieux wrote:
windyhill4.2 wrote:I tried to keep the outside warm too,i didn't install any new windows yet as I thought that might help keep the outside temps a bit higher but it didn't seem to help. :)


Well geez, what settings were ya using? were ya roofin it? :D


I try to keep the house at 74* all the time,except for the end where the bedrooms are. Maybe I should have cranked it up higher! :)
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: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: ddahlgren On: Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:07 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:From Dec 10,2016 to Mar.24,2017 my 404 has done a great job of keeping a real warm spot in my house. My cats have really learned to love the area near &around the stove with 3-4 of them laying on the warm concrete . At 1pm yesterday,i turned the air knobs closed to end the life of the coal fire that had been burning since Dec 10. :( This 3rd season for this stove warming me has been primarily done with Gale nut coal with a few buckets of Reading nut left over from last yr. thrown in just to verify how good the Gale coal performs. I am VERY pleased with the overall performance of the Gale coal & will certainly be buying more from them.

It was a bittersweet experience to kill the fire as I really enjoy the warmth radiating from the stove & the roughly 4 gals of moisture each day from the big pot of water on top of the stove. I am now into my Spring Rush season here in my repair shop,so even the few minutes each am & pm that were needed to tend the stove will be a help in getting more shop work done.

I did not count how many buckets of coal I burned this season. Since my wife died last yr. I have lost the motivation to really care about many of the details of daily life. I do know that the coal usage was similar to other yrs.,but I needed less primary air when burning Gale vs Reading & the blue flames were prettier & kept going nearly constantly.
Now I need to get used to the hot air exchanger fan cycling more often to warm my house with only the EFM520 which is burning Gales large rice.


Sorry to hear about your wife, my condolences. While not as heart breaking as your situation my health still slipping with problems sleeping so no promise when I will be awake and circulation issues in legs and feet that makes walking awkward and painful with a loss of strength to the point stairs are a problem. I finally gave up after losing the fire 8 or 10 times. With fuel oil at under 2 bucks a gallon the cost was not that great.
ddahlgren
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane 404 - Our first coal burner

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:47 pm

I thank God daily for good enough health to be able to tend my stove,my boiler,my cats & other chores + work in my repair shop. I feel bad for those who are bedridden or not 100 % mobile & can't enjoy doing any work.Hopefully relief will come soon for you,dd.
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