My 2016-2017 heating thread

My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:36 pm

Hello.

Added 1.25 ton to my coal pile this week. Had some left over.

If the weather forecast holds I'll fire the stove up end of next week.
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous


Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:41 pm

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corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: lsayre On: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:48 pm

How much do you burn in a typical year?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:53 pm

lsayre wrote:How much do you burn in a typical year?


Not determined that yet. Lot of fines from very first load couple years ago but I'm learning how to burn those also.
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:41 am

Little more info about this coal. It's mined out of the Elkhorn KY seam.
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:20 am

I fired it this morning put 2 red oak splits in. Got those going added 6 baseball size lumps down middle took right lot of brown smoke coming out the chimney.
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:33 am

I have a question been searching for answer.

Does feeding small amount of coal waste more then say30 or fourth pounds. I'm around all day to tend it.

Any advantage to doing it this way??
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: CoalisCoolxWarm On: Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:52 pm

corey wrote:Does feeding small amount of coal waste more then say30 or fourth pounds. I'm around all day to tend it.

Any advantage to doing it this way??


Every time you open your stove and put in fuel, it drops in temp. Smaller amounts drop less, but then once it finally gets up to (efficient) temps to burn the gases off the coal to get real heat without smoke, it's time to reload.

If you can load coal on alternating sides with a good amount that doesn't smother, doesn't take a long time to heat up, but lasts a good amount of time, you'll be happy. A smokeless fire that hums away throws lots of comfortable and reliable heat, without over firing.

Others can likely give you more details, but that should get you started ;)
CoalisCoolxWarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: old Sears rebuilt, bituminous- offline as of winter 2014
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Buckwheat
Other Heating: Oil Boiler


Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: warminmn On: Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:04 pm

bit I have burned was real small plus a lot of fines. I bought the cheapest lunch bags i could find and filled them and threw the bags in that way to avoid smoke coming out the door when loading fines. It takes several seconds for the bags to catch fire, time enough to close the door. Your results may vary.
warminmn
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Junior, Efel Nestor Martin, Frankenstove
Coal Size/Type: nut and stove anthracite. Soft coal
Other Heating: wood

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:19 pm

Thanks for the tips guys.

The side banking I've heard just not tried it. Usually once I have a good coal bed I put fines over top (leaving some hot coals exposed).
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:22 pm

When dragging all the coke to one side and fresh coal on other would the fire spread as it burns or would I need to push coal over as it burns??
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: CoalisCoolxWarm On: Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:56 am

You don't have to drag or move anything (stoke it maybe is okay), just pile the new stuff on top. The idea is to leave enough coal exposed and burning hot to allow the new stuff to light.

Yes, the coal will burn and creep up the new pile.
CoalisCoolxWarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: old Sears rebuilt, bituminous- offline as of winter 2014
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Buckwheat
Other Heating: Oil Boiler

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:32 am

CoalisCoolxWarm wrote:You don't have to drag or move anything (stoke it maybe is okay), just pile the new stuff on top. The idea is to leave enough coal exposed and burning hot to allow the new stuff to light.

Yes, the coal will burn and creep up the new pile.

Gotcha thanks.
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:40 pm

Well I'm learning to control heat now. Loaded the stove up last night got burning closed primary air left secondary air a sliver open. Woke this morning rather cold house. But stove was idling along at 150. Busted the mass up away it went still burning the same load of coal.

This sound ok?
corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous

Re: My 2016-2017 heating thread

PostBy: corey On: Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:07 pm

Today pulled at my probe from the flue it was coated in a brown runny liquid. I thought coal did not make creosote? I cleaned it stuck it back in then checked it a while later. The brown liquid was back on it.
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corey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: USS Ashley coal stove
Coal Size/Type: Eastern KY bituminous