Advice

Re: Advice

PostBy: Qtown1835 On: Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:29 pm

Yes there are two open registers in the floor, one in the living room above the stove location in the basement and one at the other other end of the house in the hallway. I get a natural convection cycle. Mind you it not like the circulation you get with a forced air system but it is enough to keep the house warm. I prefer the bedroom temps cooler than the main living space so that works in my favor. If you prefer warm bedroom and stove is located on opposite end of the house you my be SOL. I will run a floor fan in the basement to circulate air as well sometimes.

Here is a pic of how the stove is positioned. As you can see I have an EFM oil boiler that does not get used during the heating months but it does provide my DHW. I am looking to install a coal boiler for next year to make full use of the 3 zone CI baseboard I have thoughout the house.
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Qtown1835
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker '81 KA4 (Work in Progress)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman MKIII
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Lehigh
Other Heating: EFM SPK600


Re: Advice

PostBy: epd1088 On: Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:38 pm

No floor registers here. Did you put them in yourself? Are you using the fireplaces at all? Could you post some pics of what you have there? How much are you getting your coal for and is it bulk or bagged? I also have an attic fan. Would that help at all?
epd1088
 
Other Heating: Electric baseboards

Re: Advice

PostBy: Qtown1835 On: Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:43 pm

I think floor registers would be a big help. Keeping the basement door open would help as well. A lot of the heat that is trapped in the basement radiates through the floors. During the dead of winter my basement will be 80* and upstairs will be 70* bedrooms probably 66-67*. I do not use the fireplace at all. They require so much draft volume they are not an efficient source of heat IMO.

Coal delivered is 240-250/ton where I am. I picked mine up last year from Lehigh for 160/TN.

Registers were existing when I bought the home.

Ilike someone else mentioned you will be much warmer having a stove on the 1st floor. I didn't not want the stove on the first floor so I put it in the basement and was lucky enough that it heats my entire house comfortably. You may be able to do the same and supplement with electric as needed. I burn about 3-4 ton a year. Nov-april.

I should also mention that when I purchased the home I reinstated the attic to r38+ with blown atticat insulation. I'm sure that is helping me out as well. You success rate will vary greatly depending on where your house is situated. I get a bunch of passive solar heat during the sunny days and it makes a difference.
Qtown1835
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker '81 KA4 (Work in Progress)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman MKIII
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Lehigh
Other Heating: EFM SPK600

Re: Advice

PostBy: McGiever On: Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:08 pm

Forget that attic fan. If you start it then you will pull chimney exhaust back into your living space. :sick: :cry:
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Advice

PostBy: Doby On: Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:17 pm

In my ranch I cut 2 10 x14 registers in each room except bath and kitchen, leave basement door open and it works good but basement is finished with stove below bedrooms and basement door on other end of house
Where are you located
Doby
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast console and Alaska Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: oil but not much

Re: Advice

PostBy: epd1088 On: Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:40 pm

Bedrooms too? The stove would be right below the bedrooms. I am right outside the Poconos...
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Other Heating: Electric baseboards

Re: Advice

PostBy: Doby On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:03 pm

Yes bedrooms to, in fact mine is cut about five feet in front of the stove witch is in the bedroom. In theory one is for heat and one for cold air to return, but most let cool air down witch a good thing because most but not all of the hot air goes up the steps witch is on the other end of the house from the bedrooms.
Doby
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast console and Alaska Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: oil but not much

Re: Advice

PostBy: epd1088 On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:22 pm

All the bedrooms Rick?
epd1088
 
Other Heating: Electric baseboards


Re: Advice

PostBy: Doby On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:37 pm

Yes even if you don't use them and close them off, cool air down is two thirds the battle.

I was hoping you were closer to me
Doby
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast console and Alaska Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: oil but not much

Re: Advice

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:43 pm

Doby wrote:I was hoping you were closer to me


How far is he from you ? I couldn't find any info in his profile as to where he lives,i suppose i could start from the beginning & see if a location is listed somewhere. BUT,i won't. :)
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Advice

PostBy: Doby On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:50 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:
Doby wrote:I was hoping you were closer to me


How far is he from you ? I couldn't find any info in his profile as to where he lives,i suppose i could start from the beginning & see if a location is listed somewhere. BUT,i won't. :)



He's in the Pocono well north of me
Doby
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast console and Alaska Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: oil but not much

Re: Advice

PostBy: epd1088 On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:00 pm

I could always take a road trip... lol
epd1088
 
Other Heating: Electric baseboards

Re: Advice

PostBy: Doby On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:53 pm

epd1088 wrote:I could always take a road trip... lol

check your pm's
Doby
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast console and Alaska Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: oil but not much

Re: Advice

PostBy: epd1088 On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:13 pm

How do i do That? Lol
epd1088
 
Other Heating: Electric baseboards

Re: Advice

PostBy: Doby On: Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:19 pm

epd1088 wrote:How do i do That? Lol


on top of any forum page click on "user control panel" then in next window "private messages" then in next "inbox" on left
Doby
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast console and Alaska Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: oil but not much