How much coal do you burn in a 24 hr period

PostBy: Chris On: Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:56 pm

I'm heating a smaller house (1500'). I can leave my Reading Stoker on medium and use 80#'s in just over 3 days. House is 10 years old - temps hovering in low 70's inside while 20 outside.

It has been well worth it as this coal stove replaced a pellet stove. I went through 40#'s of pellets in less than a day on average.
Chris
 

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:06 pm

Chris wrote: I went through 40#'s of pellets in less than a day on average.


You don't get the same amount of heat out of pellets pound for pound. The Department of Energy listed it at about 1.3 -1.5 tons of pellets for 1 ton of coal. Depeds on when you looked at the site....

The page has since been removed but it can be found here:

http://web.archive.org/web/200212122355 ... s/cb5.html

Additionally if you you use the web archive to view more recent versions you'll see they upped the amount of BTU's for anthracite... really depends on the quality of the coal and the efficiency of the stove.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: Chris On: Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:56 pm

You don't get the same amount of heat out of pellets pound for pound. The Department of Energy listed it at about 1.3 -1.5 tons of pellets for 1 ton of coal. Depeds on when you looked at the site....


I think it may even be better for my set-up. So far it's working out to 1.75 ton of pellets to 1 ton of coal. Your right, the coal stove runs much hotter than the pellets ever did. The extra bonus - coal ash. I have been filling pot holes in my driveway. Pellet ash would just make a big mess and was good for nothing.
Chris
 


PostBy: Cap On: Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:01 am

Each time I stuff the Harman SF-250 stove I figure I am loading 40lbs. I usually stuff it at 7p & again in the morning at 6a. So I use 80lbs +- 10% when the temps are in the 20's or below. Most of this season I reduced the firebox 30% therefore my coal use was about 30% lower or 60lbs in a 24hr period.
Cap
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator

PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:01 am

I burn two coal buckets in cool temps and three buckets when it's single digit cold.

In fact....we've had some temps in the past couple days into the mid-upper 50's. My wife and I were forced to open windows cuz it was too hot. The previous homeowner told us that when there's a fire ( Harman hand-fired fireplace insert )...ya gotta run the blower.

Sheesh! It gets HOT in the house! Maybe I oughtta install a rheostat control?

I go through 2-2.5 tons of coal a season.
Gary in Pennsylvania
 

PostBy: ohiocoalburner On: Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:13 pm

I have been running my Hitzer 503 on 25 lbs. for 24 to 36 hrs, but hasn't really gotten cold yet here in Ohio. We have been mostly in the 30's and 40's, but down into the 20's on a couple nights. I am heating an 1600 sq.ft ranch and it seems to be doing a fine job keeping the temps in the mid 70's. My wife and daughter have never been happier!
ohiocoalburner
 

PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Tue Nov 14, 2006 8:08 am

How much does a coal bucket of chestnut typically/approx weigh???
Gary in Pennsylvania
 

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:06 am

Have to know how big a coal bucket is.... A plastic five gallon bucket for paint, hydralic oil, drywall compound is what I use.

A five gallon pail of Nut coal weighs about 40-42#

Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

PostBy: barley master On: Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:15 pm

where i work its anywhere from 20 ton to 50 ton a day. :wink:
in my mag its a five gallon bucket a day in the winter.
barley master