Crane Coal Cooker 88

Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: CraneGirl88 On: Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:07 am

Hello all. Newbie here just joined the forum tonight. I have been burning wood and bio-bricks in my stove because I didn't want to deal with coal. I knew it was a coal/wood burner and on a whim I did a Google search of coal stoves and found this site. I had no idea what I actually had in my possession. I had only been using the stove on my days off because it was a pain to get going at times and didn't burn wood efficiently. The stove has been sitting idle for two seasons now and it's time to get her going. I have NO experience with coal but am absorbing as much info as I can from all of you. Please don't beat me up too bad over the pictures. I know she's a mess right now.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane Coal Cooker 88

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:15 am

Beautiful stove. You will be amazed by the performance when burning anthracite.
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 Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:31 am

Welcome to the FORUM CG. Hell, you're off to an outstanding start--ya actually posted your pix right side up! :) After reading up on info available, ask specific questions--we got a whole Crane area. Like Rob said, ya got a good stove there.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:33 am

wow... she's been burning wood alright (as soon as you start burning coal the inside, window, etc. will become clean as a whistle)! almost any coal stove can indeed be used to burn wood, but I am here to tell you the model 88 is really a pure 100% coal stove (you could indeed burn wood inside or anything else for that matter, but this stove is a pure coal stove no matter what my dad put on the label toothy ). This stove is a solid welded beast and it can hold up to just about anything you throw at it. You currently have a Pea size coal grate that appears to be in fantastic condition (the whole stove is in great condition actually when looking at the upper baffle, top plate, etc... all tell tails this stove has never seen tough duty). It does appear your firebrick near the grate is worn (large gap between grate and brick)... for this reason your going to want to use Nut size coal (which will work fine with the pea grate)... the only warning I will give you is the slide handle on the pea grate (the part you attach the shaker handle to)... is not as strong as a nut grate so use care when shaking it down (nice even back and forth motions and don't force it), a lot of people will open the bottom door briefly to heat up and soften things just prior to a shake down. This firebrick is in great shape other than the area near the grate (If you wanted to repair that at some point I would simply take the grate out, clean it/wire brush it well and "butter that area").... I know others might not like that advise but on this stove the firebrick is very expensive and this a solution that can work for many good years (cheap & easy).

we have the owners manual for this model posted here Copy of manual for Crane 44 , model 88 is same as model 44 (just taller).
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:42 am

You have a lovely 88 there and it should give you years of economy and enjoyment. One thing I would add to what has been said is to get a good Carbon Monoxide Detector installed before you begin to burn coal. Good Luck. Mike
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KAA-2

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:47 am

CraneGirl

Welcome to NEPA and CONGRATS of your new 88!! You got yourself a rock solid coal stove and she will serve you well.You are going to LOVE the long lasting heat that coal provides and not to mention how affordable it is as well. If you live near a Tractor Supply most of them are stocking coal. Could be a possible source for you. Don't be shy about asking questions and if you fill in your profile location there very well could be a fellow NEPA member close to you who can lend you hand if you need it.

Once you experience coal heat you will most likely wonder and wish that you had it sooner. :D
ONEDOLLAR
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: alpineboard On: Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:39 pm

Hi CG88, You have got yourself a really good stove there. That 88 has got to be one of the easiest hand fed coal stove to run. And it has a great heat output as well as a very long burn time, It will be going when you get up in the morning, which means no fussing with it when you refill it, to get it going for the day/night. Consider yourself lucky to start out with a great one. R
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert 600
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Tarm 202
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman HXL, Crane 88, Crane 404
Other Heating: Solar

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: dcrane On: Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:46 am

I should explain what I mean by "Buttering" the firebrick incase you don't understand. Its means during the off season you should take out the grate and wire brush the area down low where the grate was, then vacuum everything, you can buy some basic rutland refractory mix at almost any hardware store, spray the wire brushed area with a lil water, mix up the new refractory in a pail (try to leave it fairly thick like peanut butter), then simply trowel it over the existing firebrick in attempt to even the circle near the grate and reduce that gap between the outside of the grate and the firebrick wall. after you have "buttered" it and evened it as best you can close all the doors and let er' sit for the off season. upon first lighting just use a small wood fire for a day to cure the new cement.
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: CraneGirl88 On: Wed Nov 09, 2016 3:37 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for all the replies. Sorry for the delay with that. I finally got around to getting my 88 cleaned out and just got everything put back together today. I plan on firing her up next week. My next day off so I can be here all day. Picked up some arthracite nut coal at the local TSC. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes! :roll:
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane Coal Cooker 88

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: dcrane On: Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:20 pm

Its actually a pea grate you have in there but because of the wear of the lower section of the firebrick nut is best (some mix the two).
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: CraneGirl88 On: Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:50 pm

dcrane wrote:Its actually a pea grate you have in there but because of the wear of the lower section of the firebrick nut is best (some mix the two).


I went with the nut based on your recommendation earlier in this thread. Can I mix pea & nut or just don't worry about it?
CraneGirl88
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane Coal Cooker 88

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: dcrane On: Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:02 pm

nut is fine, i always liked nut better in the 88 anyways (no matter the grate).
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:20 pm

Good grief Doug resurfaces the day after the big election... Welcome back to the dark side Doug! :D
ONEDOLLAR
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:42 pm

He went to ground dodging HRCs hit goons. Welcome back Doug. More fun with coal. Put a pan on the stove and add water and a Buddha's Hand, it fills the house with a subtle citrous zest. Shoprite has them. Once warm, break off a finger and put it in some Gray Goose and celebrate your new stove.

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Re: Crane Coal Cooker 88

PostBy: ddahlgren On: Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:38 am

We are all on a EPA watch list for burning coal LOL. HRC was no doubt ready to have us hauled in day 1
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404