Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:09 pm

I'm new to coal, but from what I've read, coal likes to be deep. You get a good bed of hardwood coal going, add a 3" layer of coal, give it lots of air and when blue flames dance above the coal, add another layer. Keep doing that until it's as deep as can be, then you can bank it down and ignore it for 12 or more hours.
It sounds like a pain, but I think it might go something like this: Morning routine. Open the air. Empty the ashes, put ash pan back in. Shake the grates until sparks are coming through the grates. Add a layer of coal , leaving the air wide open. Go put on the coffee and go to the mailbox & get the newspaper. Add another layer of coal and sip coffee while your lovely wife puts eggs over easy & bacon on your plate. When breakfast is done, add a layer. Make a sandwich for lunch, feed the dog, read Dear Abbey. Add another layer, after it's blue flame, bank it for the day. Total elapsed time, 1/2 hour, 45 minutes hour. Total time spent with stove, 7 minutes.
All you coal veterans, how far off am I?
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:14 pm

Way off Freddy! You will be able to shake down & reload your stove in 10 minutes or less, most of the time. (unless your fire is about to die) You'll should wait a few minutes for your breakfast.........You'll be done with the stove while your coffee is brewing! :D

Here's a thread on shaking down. (some of it is Harman specific but it's pretty generic for the most part) shaking down a harman
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:05 pm

Freddy wrote:Keep doing that until it's as deep as can be, then you can bank it down and ignore it for 12 or more hours.


In re-reading your post Freddy, I thought another point should be made:

Rather than "ignore" the fire for 12 hours, if you are around it never hurts to occasionally spread another shovel full of coal (or 2 ) on top of the bed. By doing this you'll almost ensure that you'll have a nice fresh fire to shake down & reload.(I'm mostly retired now so it's very easy for me to keep up with this & it makes life allot easier! ......I actually just need to shake down once a day now)
It only takes a few seconds to do this & it may just save your fire for you one day. (just get into the habit, every once in a while, when you are available, of doing this)
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: rberq On: Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:49 pm

Right. Ten minutes, but with some careful tending to avoid "the explosion" if you cover the hot coals too much. And be careful of the eggs over easy, too much bacteria in eggs these days.
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Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:20 pm

Old post, but I've been away. Man is the forum busy for July!

Good to hear someone else is using these great old stoves.

Our Darby likes nut best. Pea works fine on warmer winter nights and simmers longer, just not as hot. Nut burns warmer but a little shorter. Either will work fine, but prefer nut. Keep her loaded full and you get into a 7am/7pm rthymn of loading and shaking and dump at night.

The perforated plate in your picture is for burning wood in the Darby. They made something like that from the factory.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Coalbrookdale
Stove/Furnace Model: Darby

Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: scubasawyer On: Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:57 pm

HI Heart, just reading your post.... FYI.... Aubuchon Hardware carries Blaschak(very good quality) Nut, Pea and Rice coal. The store here in Berlin, NH selling nut at 6.94/bag or 6.64/per bag when you buy a ton....
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: duck On: Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:10 pm

Jim,
We have a Colebrookdale Severn been in service for about 20 years. We have tried all sizes of coal in this and like using stove coal the best. There is a lot less unburned coal in the ashes using the stove size. We vent this to an north outside masonary chimney when it really gets cool outside the draw goes down on the flue and the large coal keeps the fire going. We do not have an problems controlling the stove.

Shaun W Pawcatuck, CT
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: HeartnCoal On: Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:04 pm

scuba, I've been to Berlin, NH many, many times! I used to go camping at Milan Hill State Park ALOT! One night we even had a bear that hauled off my grill about 30 yards into the woods at about 3:00 am propane tank and all!...Anyway, 4th of July weekend I went nuts building a 6'x8'x4' coal bin out of rough lumber from the mill down the road from me. It's now full with 4 tons of Blaschak nut coal.
Pics:
Coal Bin Construction
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Stove/Furnace Make: Coalbrookdale
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: scubasawyer On: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:44 pm

HI Heart,

Gotta watch them black bears... they love BBQ grills!!!
Just wondering where you got your coal(sounds as though you went bulk) in So. Maine, and what it cost you delivered per ton, if yo don't mind my asking...? Thanx!!!
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: NHRIVERAT2 On: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:23 pm

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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: Coalbrokdale On: Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:49 pm

Hey How about an update on this stove, is it buring right.
Ive gotten over 30 hours out of a slow burn with mine. But the best method is as someone said 7am 7pm this is ecactly what I did with mine for the 1st 2 years. This baby really outs out some nice heat. Even though I don't need mine with the coal boiler running, I still like a coal fire buring on the weekends from time to time.
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:44 pm

Still diggin' ours. Got 4 ton of LCN nut 2 weeks ago - burns great.

We've been cooking a lot on our Darby this season. Wife puts a bunch of veggies, spices and a hunk of beef or chicken in a Cruset around 2-3pm and it simmers til dinnertime. No-knife-needed tender and dee-lish.
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: grobinson2 On: Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:19 am

I know this is an old post but I was just reading back over it while here at work and thought I would post. I just loved the look of these stoves and got three of them over the last year for this winters use. I have two Darbys and one Severn. We started up the Darby about two weeks ago burning soft red ash coal. This past winter was my first winter with coal and I was using a Francobelge Normandy with pea Blakshak coal and it was great once I learned how to use the stove correctly. Anyway... This Darby is pissing me off to no end. It seems much harder to control the fire then with the Franco. Also with the soft coal there was obviously a good deal of ash and the ash pan was full in no time and when I went to empty it ash went all over the hearth. Now I know I am being overly critical but I was just so looking forward to using these stoves and I am about to put the Franco back into service. Any advice guys? This coming week I am going to start with some Stockton coal and hope to have better luck with the ash issue. Thanks again,
Glenn
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: Sita On: Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:01 am

Hi All,

I have the same stove and I am considering burning coal. Unfortunately I think the control for the shaker is rusted as I cannot turn it. Is there another way to address "the shaking of the ash" or can anyone suggest a product that may help loosen the rust??

Sita

Canterbury, CT
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Re: Pea or Nut coal for Coalbrookdale Darby Stove ?(newbie)

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:17 pm

PB Blaster, SeaFoam Deep Creep, Kano Kroil, PSF/Acetone 50/50 mix.


February 2, 2008
Machinist's Workshop V20 number 2, April/May 2007, page 35

Article: “Testing Penetrating oils”
This reports a test of penetrating oils where they measured
the force required to loosen rusty test devices. The
details reported here were validated by the original
article author. He also added some details on the methods.
You must buy the issue if you want to see how they did the
test. The back issue is available for purchase.
The table below extracts the results table The lower the
number of pounds the better. Interesting that a simple mix
of acetone and power steering fluid (PSF) works the best!


Penetrating oil - Average load -Price per fluid ounce
None ...............516 pounds -- 0
WD-40 ..............238 pounds --$0.25
PB Blaster..........214 pounds --$0.35
Liquid Wrench ......127 pounds --$0.21
Kano Kroil .........106 pounds --$0.75
PSF-Acetone mix ....53 pounds ---$0.10 (50/50 mix)

Note from original article author:
1) These are loads required to free the test piece after
8 hours of immersion in penetrating oil. This is
probably not representative of a quick squirt just
before a wrench is applied.
2) The original article states ATF was used in the DIY
mix. It was actually PSF.
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