Burning Anthracite in Bituminous "recommended" stove

Burning Anthracite in Bituminous "recommended" stove

PostBy: Three Pines On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:58 pm

Hi folks;

I live in central WI, and last year found only a local source of bagged nut anthracite. No bituminous seems to be available in my area.

My old Atlanta Homesteader Coal and Wood Circulator recommends (strongly) to burn bituminous. Last winter, I burned some anthracite, and had decent results. Some great long burning fires, but some "gotta mess with it so much its hardly worth it" fires too - perhaps due to bag to bag variability.

This year, I'm considering a Vogelzang 2500 supplemental wood/coal burner for my basement. Manufacturer's website recommends bituminous also.

My first question is why would manufacturers of household burners recommend bituminous over anthracite? From the reading I've done there are some downsides to bituminous.

Second is, does anybody have any experience with nut anthracite in the Vogelzang unit?

I have lots of oak on my property, and it being even cheaper than coal I will probably burn both. Plenty of wood, but as much coal for long-burning convenience (like before retiring. Am I kidding myself?) if I put in the Vogelzang.

Comments?
Three Pines
 
Stove/Furnace Make: US Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: 1537G

Re: Burning Anthracite in Bituminous "recommended" stove

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:00 pm

That looks just like my hotblast furnace.(prolly made by US STOVE).As long as you can shut the draft over fire(air inlet in door) off 100% it will burn coal OK.This is my 3rd season with mine and with GOOD coal and a long learning curve,and some mods it works much better .I modified my grates so they move more and put in a adjustable fan switch .There are better out there although it is made of 7 ga. steel and should last a long time.I've never heard anything bad about Hitzer furnaces but they're about 800 bucks more and will burn wood also.If I had it to do over again I think I would buy a Hitzer or some other furnace that is built to burn anthacite.But for now I'll keep the hotblast until it dies.
Just my .02
DON

BTW I burn chestnut in mine.
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Re: Burning Anthracite in Bituminous "recommended" stove

PostBy: Three Pines On: Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:28 am

The over vs underfire air controls are why I'm planning on the Vogelzang over another available locally. There's a less expensive manufacturers supplemental furnace for sale at the local home store, but it does not have a spin damper in the ash pan door like the vogelzang's.

Thanks for your input.

Where 'upstate'? I used to live in Lewis County, and still have property in Herkimer County. Don't get there as much as I'd like to.
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Re: Burning Anthracite in Bituminous "recommended" stove

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:15 am

Chenango county.
DON
I should have been more specific abouy the air inlet.The inlet in the loading door has to close 100%.All air has to go through the coal bed to burn anthacite,Not over it.
DON
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Stove/Furnace Model: 1557M

Re: Burning Anthracite in Bituminous "recommended" stove

PostBy: Three Pines On: Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:50 am

Hi Donl

I got the message about underfire. That's why I was saying I'd by the more expensive furnace.

Since then, I've done some more investigation. As you suggested, it looks to me like the Vogelzang is mfg by USStove (or their contractors). I've seen the USS stuff in person now, and it looks a little better quality to me (especially the grates), so I will likely go with an even more expensive option.

Take care.

Dave
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