report on summer coal boiler usage

report on summer coal boiler usage

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sat May 10, 2008 11:24 pm

In the last 7 days I used less than 150 pounds of coal. That is all the hot water needed for a family of 6. The heat came on at night a couple times. I estimate that during the summer when the nights are at least in the 50's my usage will be 12-15 pounds a day. Based on this info coal is cheaper than propane for summer hot water.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: report on summer coal boiler usage

PostBy: Highlander On: Mon May 12, 2008 6:11 pm

I certainly think its worth burning over the summer, I averaged about 12# per day last year and hope to do a bit better this summer with the tweaks Ive made.
I'm a bit surprised the EFM can get down that low a burn rate with the large burn pot it has, but thats great that it can. Propane is in the $3-$4 per gallon range here, so its not even an option for me. Electric heat is more economical than propane, and on par with oil in my neck of the woods, northern NJ.
Highlander
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vermont Castings Resolute
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: VF3000 Stoker Boiler

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