People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:23 pm

He wanted the boiler out ASAP. He was asking $3000.00. I offered him $2000.00 and said I could come get it out that weekend. He said sold, come get it! Walk out basement. No stairs! WooHoo!
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: coalkirk On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:41 pm

Carbon12 wrote:He wanted the boiler out ASAP. He was asking $3000.00. I offered him $2000.00 and said I could come get it out that weekend. He said sold, come get it! Walk out basement. No stairs! WooHoo!


OMG! Did you wear a mask and use a gun or did you just walk in bare faced and steal it? :lol: That is an amazing deal! Good for you!
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:33 pm

I know, right?!!? Bare faced. He actually had it disconnected and the jacket and stoker off and helped load the boiler on to the trailer. Took all of an hour to get it out, loaded and strapped down. He even threw in his manometer. I now have 2 :D it was such a deal, I couldn't pass it up! 4 year old KA-6 for 2 grand,....it was a steal! He also was going to throw in 800 pounds of bagged rice. I didn't have room to take it and the trip back to NJ would have made the coal a wash when gas figured in.
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace


Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:36 pm

all that for $2k and you didn't have to wear a mask?! it was actually kinda insulting for you not to take the coal too! :lol:

you must have had some pictures of him in a compromising position. ;)
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:42 pm

I don't feel too bad :D He had it advertised here on the forum for a month or so before I bought it. All of you guys had an equal chance to scarf it up. Thanks for not doing so! :up: :cheers: :junmp:
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:21 pm

Carbon12 wrote:I don't feel too bad :D He had it advertised here on the forum for a month or so before I bought it. All of you guys had an equal chance to scarf it up. Thanks for not doing so! :up: :cheers: :junmp:



Now thats funny. :D
Flyer5
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Wiggles1 On: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:09 pm

Have been burning anthracite coal for at least 25yrs. In an old warm morning coal stove my stove takes nut coal planning to change over next year to an Alaska stove hope not making mistake but supposedly easier to use and less ash now I have about 10lbs of ash to every 200lbs of coal shake my stove down in a.m and add coal again about 12 hours later and use 75 to 100lbs a day depending on ambient temp live in the northeast been a very cold winter and averaging house temp of 75 degrees for 2200 hundred sq. ft. house and will use about 4tons of coal for the season at a cost of 980 dollars for the season.Good luck in your choice also have never had to clean my chimney all these years as it does burn clean no black smoke or creosote build up
Wiggles1
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: warm morning
Coal Size/Type: nut
Stove/Furnace Make: Warm morning

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:46 pm

A few years before my wife's parents passed away I was trying to figure out an alternative to what I was doing. Which was burning wood. My wife's father and I never really saw eye to eye on anything and we fought about a lot of things. So, one day he buys a pellet stove and has it installed. I kept talking about the possibility of switching to coal and he kept trying to convince me of it's evils and sway me to a pellet stove. He comes over one weekend and picks me up. He takes me over to the place he bought his pellet stove from and has the guy there talk to me. I look at a few stoves, take a few brochures and decide that I needed some time. A week goes by and my wife gets a call. Her father is complaining that the igniter on his wonderful pellet stove stopped working. Second one in a year. Not to mention that every time he lost power he lost heat. I promptly threw the brochures out and bought a coal stove. Everyone said how crazy I was and how dirty it'd be and how unhealthy it is. BUT, several seasons on and those same people; aside for my wife's parents, can't believe how warm our house is and how soot free the house is burning dirty coal.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: rberq On: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:38 pm

Wiggles1 wrote:I have about 10lbs of ash to every 200lbs

That's only 5% ash by weight, pretty darned good. I would be surprised if a different stove could beat that.
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:12 am

rberq wrote:
Wiggles1 wrote:I have about 10lbs of ash to every 200lbs

That's only 5% ash by weight, pretty darned good. I would be surprised if a different stove could beat that.

All of the stokers i've used put out more ash per pound of coal than the hand fired stoves and furnaces i've used. Still, I am a stoker convert. The fact that I don't need to do anything to it for 2 days is a big advantage to me.

Reguarding this threads topic;

It has been well over a decade since it made finacial sense to burn oil. People have been repairing and replacing there oil (and propane) furnaces rather than replacing them with furnaces that use fuel that costs well under half the price of oil and propane.

Who do you think is crazy?

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood