cold night

PostBy: davemich On: Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:55 am

John, sounds like the Mag Stoker is living up to its billing! Glad all is well with that stove. Greg, sounds like you may have hit the nail on the head...using both. The cost of anthracite vs bitumonous may warrant using the anth. when cold like you said. How was the soot cloud when opening the boiler door? Did it seem about the same or what? Here at the house the wife is claiming its too hot...75* at about 10* outside with a good wind blowing.
davemich
 

PostBy: kirk On: Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:56 am

Low teens and windy last night. Boiler held 140 as set and burned about 70lbs. All levels of the home a comfortable 72. I pipe the water through the oil boiler where all my zones and domestic hot water are fed. Electric to the oil burner is turned off. Just use it as a mixing vessel and then returns back to the coal boiler. The circulator pump from the coal boiler to the oil boiler runs constantly. This system works great. Love the Harmon stoker boiler. Just load it and forget it for 3-4 days.
LS - coal ash should not go in your garden. I assume you mean a vegetable garden. Coal ash contains heavy metalssuch as chromium, cadmium, mercury, and even trace amounts of radioactive thorium and uranium. Not stuff you want in your veggies. I dump mine in a path through woods on my property. Packs down and makes a decent road bed. There are several internatioanl organizations whose sole purpose is to find good uses for coal ash from power plants etc. Do a google search on byproducts of coal combustion. You'll be amazed at some of the uses.
kirk
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