Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:14 pm

The guys in work are talking coal likely because of my deep coal involvement and one recently laid down 4K for a stoker (he beat ME to a keystoker!) although one of the "save the energy clan" claims he read that in 3-4 years after starting coal burning that the mortar between the terra cotta tiles will significantly degrade due to sulfur exposure. I mentioned that the anthacite is low sulfur.

Any experienced based coal mentors out there that can add some light to this story line?
Uglysquirrel
 
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: watkinsdr On: Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:36 pm

Pure bull crap. A masonary chimney will handle your anthracite coal burner without problems for decades. I'm sure other forum members will weigh in on this issue too; but, anthracite coal is a chimney sweeps biggest nightmare! Anthracite coal burns clean: No creosote build up, with only a small amount of fly ash---which is easy to clean.
watkinsdr
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S260 Boiler

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:57 pm

Yeah, that is pure caca. Anthracite is less than 1% sulfur. You may want to point out to him that while todays heating and fuel oils have sulfur content as low as 5 PPM, they had a sulfur content close to anthracite's several decades ago.

He is jealous, tell him your setup will be around saving money long after he is gone. :)
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea


Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:09 pm

kool, lets hear more!
Uglysquirrel
 
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: coal berner On: Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:12 pm

coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:45 am

Ours has burned coal exclusively since being installed more than 25 years ago and by the looks of it I couldn't even begin to give you an estimate how much longer it will last.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:25 am

26 years on my block chimney
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: e.alleg On: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:21 am

My chimney was built in 1887 and they burned coal since then and it's still good.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:52 pm

Wellllll...the data suggests...no damage! We win!!

Thanks all for your comments!
Uglysquirrel
 
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:19 am

Does the long life of the chimney have anything to do with the coal burning all year? Like, if it get's shut off each year is that harder on a chimney because of acid from the ash when left to get moist?
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: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: gaw On: Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:25 pm

Freddy wrote:Does the long life of the chimney have anything to do with the coal burning all year? Like, if it get's shut off each year is that harder on a chimney because of acid from the ash when left to get moist?

Don't know about that, but burning year round will make your metal stove pipe connecting to the chimney last about 20 years or so. Make sure the fly ash is removed from the bottom sump area of the chimney at least yearly. If not the fly ash can get hard like mortar and be much harder to remove and also a build up of fly ash could eventually block the inlet to the chimney.
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: Chimney Life with Low Sulfur Coal ?

PostBy: coal berner On: Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:43 pm

Freddy wrote:Does the long life of the chimney have anything to do with the coal burning all year? Like, if it get's shut off each year is that harder on a chimney because of acid from the ash when left to get moist?

You are correct about the Moisture in a S.S. & metal Pipe it always better to burn all year If you are one that does not
then disconnect the pipe and cap it to keep the Moisture out and as it was said clean the chimney out once a year
no matter what it is made out of
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520


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