How Much Coal Do You Burn in a 24 Hr Period

How much coal do you burn in a 24 hr period

PostBy: blue83camaro On: Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:38 am

I am just curious how much coal people burn in a day. I use about 20# when it is 55 out up to 90# when it is in the single digits. I have a 1500 sq foot house that has single pane windows and poor insulation. I keep my house about 68 degrees.
Stove/Furnace Make: Us Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: 1600G

Re: How much coal do you burn in a 24 hr period

PostBy: Oil Region On: Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:23 am

blue83camaro wrote:I am just curious how much coal people burn in a day.

I use about 40# on a warm 50 degree day and approx 70# on a single-digit day. My house is 4000 sq. ft - two story. The coal is the only source of heat with the exception of one remote bedroom.
Oil Region
Stove/Furnace Model: Harman DVC-500

PostBy: davemich On: Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:30 am

Ditto here from what Oil Region uses. When I shake once a day when its warm out, about 40 lbs. When its 25 or below or windy, I shake twice a day and use about 80 lbs.

PostBy: beaverman On: Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:48 pm

I use about three five gallon buckets a day when it is below 25 degrees. About two buckets when the temps are in the 30's. I would guess a 5 gallon bucket of rice coal is about 30-35 lbs.?

PostBy: lime4x4 On: Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:32 pm

5 gallon bucket of rice coal weighs just over 41 lbs. I know this cause I use to get my coal using 5 gallon buckets
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PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:29 am

11-12 ton year. Big house...That's year round too.
Richard S.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:11 pm

I have a Harman Mark I in a poorly insulated 1800 s.f. house. I go thru a 50# bag in 24hrs. When it's warmer out, I use a little less, but not too much less. I keep the damper about 3/4 turns out.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

PostBy: lime4x4 On: Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:14 pm

harnman magnum stoker 5 to 8lbs a day when the temps are mild below 20
60 to 80 lbs

PostBy: WNY On: Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:29 am

SOunds about the same, 5-15#/day when warm above 30-45 degrees. When 20 or below it can use up to 25-45# in approx. 12 hours.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

PostBy: davemich On: Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:30 am

You guys with stokers are blessed. You can back off/trim down your stoves thereby reducing your coal consumption. With a regular stove trimmed back, I still go thru about 40 lbs a day. That gives me an additional push to look for a stoker stove for next year. I am looking at Keystoker. Is that a good choice? With all the problems that John has had with his Harmon, are there any Keystoker users out there with any issues?

PostBy: AL-53 On: Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:53 am

Well I have a Harman magnum ..this is second year with is a quality stove....built like a tank..and works great...I just think their burn control can be tweaked a little better....working on that now...all in all it is a fine unit...

I also have a Alaska Stoker...which is a fine unit is very close to the Keystoker...very close..they look alike so a variable burn system on it..very easy to set burn rate..with a Alaska offers more models...I have a Kast Console....and it heats....and very conservative on coal use....

but all in all both stoves are investment made....I heat solely with other ...and I use 5 tons max for winter...for 1800 SF.

The Alaska is used when we get very cold weather....I fire that up to take the heavy load off the harman...

Good Luck


PostBy: davemich On: Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:06 am

Thanks Al. My intention is to put the stoker in the basement and get a duct ran to my furnace and heat the house that way and if it get real cold, I'll fire up the Hitzer on the main floor of my 1800 SF Cape Cod to help the stoker along when it gets real cold. Alaska stoves are also appealing...been looking at those as well. My dealer that I got my Hitzer from also deals with Keystoker so thats why I have looked at Keystoker first.

PostBy: Roccisano On: Sat Jan 21, 2006 8:29 pm

We burn 50 to 70lbs per day heating 2600sq feet to 74 degrees

PostBy: kirk On: Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:49 pm

We burn 60-80 lbs per day, 2500 sf plus all domesstic hot water

PostBy: short On: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:15 am

I burn about 2 coal buckets full a day in a Keystoker HFH.