Crane Coal Cooker 88

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: CraneGirl88 On: Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:09 pm

Well I did it!! Finally fired her up. Has taken me most of the day to warm the house up but I was nervous because I haven't used the stove in so long. I only filled her halfway but it's glowing beautifully. Keeping an eye on the temperature as it's slowly been climbing. Has that wonderful burnt dusty metallic smell working.
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Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:23 pm

Hi and welcome to the Forum! That's a great looking stove you've got. You need to fill it up. Coal likes a deep bed and it will extend your burn time. You could expect a minimum of a 10 hour burn from a full load. That means not having to get up in the middle of the night to load the stove so fill her up. Take care, Lisa
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
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Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:49 pm

lowfog01 wrote:Hi and welcome to the Forum! That's a great looking stove you've got. You need to fill it up. Coal likes a deep bed and it will extend your burn time. You could expect a minimum of a 10 hour burn from a full load. That means not having to get up in the middle of the night to load the stove so fill her up. Take care, Lisa


ditto!
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Baseburners & Antiques: Home Sparkle 12
Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: ddahlgren On: Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:30 pm

Welcome and looking good! Load her up and buy a bunch of time between tending! Don't forget the CO monitor with alarm to keep safe...
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: scalabro On: Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:13 am

Nice Maine Coon :)
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Baseburners & Antiques: 2 Crawford 40's, PP Stewart No. 14, Abendroth Bros "Record 40"
Coal Size/Type: Stove / Anthracite.
Other Heating: Oil fired, forced hot air.

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: Townsend On: Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:22 pm

Hello Crane Girl, welcome to the forum. Be sure to load up that nice stove of yours!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea / Buck

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:53 pm

Plus tending every 12 hours never hurt a soul! :)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: CraneGirl88 On: Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:44 am

Looking for some guidance. I've been having trouble keeping the stove going. I can get a couple days of burn but then I loose the fire. I admit that I've only been filling it halfway with coal. I'll maintain a stove top temp of around 300-350 degrees. When it's time to add more coal, I open the bottom damper for a bit, heat things up then give the grate a shake (or 2 or 3) I notice I only seem to be dropping ash from the front of the barrel but not the back. I'll get a nice glow and blue flame in the front but again nothing on the backside. It's been the 3rd night that I'll loose the fire. I work nights and tend to damper down when I leave the house for the night (1 1/2 turns).

Should I be running the stove hotter? Is that part of the problem? Is the stove top the right place to monitor the temperature? If I fill'er up (which I WILL do the next time) what do I look for to tell me it's time to shake and refill?
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Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: CraneGirl88 On: Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:48 am

scalabro wrote:Nice Maine Coon :)


Thanks! My favorite breed.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane Coal Cooker 88

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:43 am

If the ash is only dropping from certain areas, it sounds like you need to get a poker and help loosen things up. The ash can bridge and not settle when you shake the grates. Some people make a poker that can be inserted through the ash door and poked up through the grates.

Also, quit trying to run the stove 1/2 full of coal. That is only adding to the problem above.
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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 Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: coalvet On: Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:35 am

Two or three shakes is not enough for the Crane. You need to shake it down a lot more than that. Also are you pulling the dump slide out far enough when you do shake it down? As already mentioned fill the fire pot to the top.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane Model 404, Harman MK I
Coal Size/Type: Nut
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