It's time for me to "Clean up my act"!

It's time for me to "Clean up my act"!

PostBy: Dallas On: Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:26 pm

I've got the stove working as well as I can expect ... maybe even better. Keeping in mind, that it was meant to be "supplementary heat", it did a pretty good job last night, with the temps being 1*F.. Of course the oil furnace kicked on several times, with the coal stove being drafted down. During the day, while I can tend it, the furnace doesn't run.

So, this morning, while adding coal to the stove and the sun shinning through the window, I noticed what a cloud of coal dust there was, as I shoveled from the coal pail. Since I have to do my own cleaning, and have noticed the black dust on the furniture in the stove room, I felt this should be my next "area of attention".

Since I have odd pieces of pipe and fittings, I decided to make a "pre-load" (speed loaders) container. (The muzzle loaders will know what I mean.) I made up a piece of 6" pipe X 12" long, with end cap, 45* elbow and a 5" extension. Plus, I installed a handle. The intent, is to fill this "device" outside and be able to dump it right into the stove ... no dust! Once I get the hang of it, the pre-load should "just fill" the stove.

I carry my coal in from a back building .. about 6' behind the house. If this thing works out, I'll make several of them, take them out, scoop them full and bring them inside, rather than the coal pail. I haven't tried it, yet, so am open to suggestions.



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This the first mod. to the filler (even though only modified on the computer). The fill spout should have had a vertical cut.

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Modified Russo C-35
Other Heating: Oil Hot Air
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: Modified C-35

Re: It's time for me to "Clean up my act"!

PostBy: spc On: Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:36 pm

This is what I made with a 5 gal. plastic bucket. Easy to fill & very little dust.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

Re: It's time for me to "Clean up my act"!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:28 pm

Oh the joys of retirement, to be able to spend my days doing things like that. I look forward to it.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
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Re: It's time for me to "Clean up my act"!

PostBy: Dallas On: Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:39 pm

Some days, I just don't do anything, because my list is so overwhelming! :D

I think the filler works good, however this load of nut coal sucks, as it has these chunks of rock which won't fall through the grates. .. after awhile, there is no room for coal. I have some pea left over from the last load. I threw some of that on the fire. If I can keep it going for a couple days, I figure anything, with any size to it, which is left, must be junk. :?:
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Modified Russo C-35
Other Heating: Oil Hot Air
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: Modified C-35

Re: It's time for me to "Clean up my act"!

PostBy: Dallas On: Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:15 pm

I made another "stove filler". I think, they are less work that the coal pail and shoveling in and out. And, they are definitely cleaner! I believe, each holds about 16 pounds. I feel like I'm fueling for NASCAR :!: I like them.

I had my hands full trying to carry both of them, while full. I thought, I was going to have to make some sort of carrying caddy. Ahhh :idea:, my old canvas wood carrier works perfect.

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Last edited by Dallas on Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Modified Russo C-35
Other Heating: Oil Hot Air
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: Modified C-35

Re: It's time for me to "Clean up my act"!

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:09 am

Dallas wrote: I feel like I'm fueling for NASCAR :!: I like them.



Just make sure you wear your flame retardant white jumpsuit while fillin' 'er up!!! :notworthy:
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

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