Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: FirstcoalstokerRon On: Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:42 pm

Hi Don and thanks Still learning lol slow but sure I hope
FirstcoalstokerRon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S-130
Coal Size/Type: pea/anthracite


Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Al Czervik On: Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:52 am

Hi I'm new to the forums and thought I'd introduce myself. Im in Rockland County and recently installed a Harman Mark III in a 1500 square foot house that I purchased this spring. Its been a learning experience so far and these forums have been a wealth of knowledge so I figured that I'd sign up and maybe contribute a bit myself. I'm currently burning nut coal purchased at Tractor Supply but if everything works out this year I'll but bulk for next season.

Anyway thanks for all the help amd glad to be here.
Al Czervik
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Nut

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:57 am

Welcome to the forum.
SWPaDon
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous
Other Heating: Oil furnace

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:59 am

Welcome Tom, Ron & Sandy, and Al.....

First lesson in coal burning is to post pics of the heat monsters on here!!! :D

We are glad to help, no question is unwelcome. Make sure you all have CO monitors in place. Other tools to help run your coal burners and helps us answer questions are a manometer and a couple temp gauges or an IR temp gun. Did I mention we are good at spending your money!? :)
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Al Czervik On: Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:23 am

Here's a pic of the first wood fire I built just after install. Basically i removed a window, framed out the thimble, and ran a triple wall stainless chimney. Bluestone hearth wrapped with some leftover prefinished oak flooring.

Been burning coal since Saturday and learning as I go.

Have a fisher wood burner in the detached garage.
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Al Czervik
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Nut

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:10 am

Very nice hearth there Al C. !! :punk:

Good work on the thimble!
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: joeq On: Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:40 am

Another welcome Al. You got that stove hooked up just in time. Enjoy the heat, and keep us posted on up-dates. The sideways pics are a disease, that just won't seem to go away. Don't know of a sticky for us to utilize, to prevent it. Maybe some-one will chime in..again.
I was told it had something to do with cell phone photos, but I don't don't own one, yet it occasionally happens to me. Sometimes I'll hold my camera sideways, to capture the item more fully, but after I rotate it, (before posting), it still shows sideways. A common complaint, we live with here. Anyway, welcome again.
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: G111, Southard Robertson
Stove/Furnace Make: Thermopride
Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: polarbear119 On: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:04 am

Hi, folks. Steve here from Halifax, pa. My coal craze got started when I bought my house and it had an EFM 520 for heat. After the first winter and comparing spending 600 buck to heat my whole house while my parents spent that for a tank of oil, I was hooked. After a few years of the just the 520 my free firewood source went away thus sending me on a hunt for a coal burner for a supplement and to heat the basement. Thanks to the folks here, a parlor stove was gonna be it. Lurking on cl and eBay I found a Lehigh oak 16 for a decent price. Brought her home, rebuilt it and luckily the chrome just needed a good polish. The first year was learning the ropes of a hand fed. Had a couple lost fires and quickly realized that even though the firepot has several coats of black on it, it can glow pretty red! This year I got the ash door finally sealed up with new pins and got it so I can get it creeping along or can crank it up. I'm also refinishing a pot belly to use for display. My girl doesn't understand the coal craze and why I'm still keeping any eye on cl and eBay, just in case. But, she has no issue hitting that up button on the thermostat!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Efm 520
Baseburners & Antiques: Lehigh Oak 16 parlor
Coal Size/Type: Rice/nut


Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:15 am

Welcome to the forum, polarbear119. That's a pretty sove you have there, that nickle shined up nicely. You done good :up:
SWPaDon
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous
Other Heating: Oil furnace

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Al Czervik On: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:18 am

Beautiful stove!
Al Czervik
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Nut

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: polarbear119 On: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:31 am

SWPaDon wrote:Welcome to the forum, polarbear119. That's a pretty sove you have there, that nickle shined up nicely. You done good :up:


Thanks! I really need to thank all the folks on here. Without them I'm sure I would have given up after a few failed attempts in the early days. Every time I had a problem, I was able to find a solution on here and apply it and get her going. :)
polarbear119
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Efm 520
Baseburners & Antiques: Lehigh Oak 16 parlor
Coal Size/Type: Rice/nut

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: joeq On: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:43 am

Another welcome Steve. beautiful looking display with that stove. Did you build the stone hearth too, or was it already there? It doesn't appear to be a fire place. Also do you have any before and after pics of the stove?
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: G111, Southard Robertson
Stove/Furnace Make: Thermopride
Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: polarbear119 On: Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:09 am

joeq wrote:Another welcome Steve. beautiful looking display with that stove. Did you build the stone hearth too, or was it already there? It doesn't appear to be a fire place. Also do you have any before and after pics of the stove?


The location was originally a fireplace. I took the opening and layered in a couple courses of 8 inch block around a ss liner I put in. I then put in the stone veneer on the face to make it look nice. I didn't take any before pics of the stove. It pretty much fell apart when we put it on the cart to load it. I couldn't get over the deal I got. It came with a new cast firepot, he gave me the original for a spare. Was really shocked to find it had a magazine in it also and the original cast elbow. I think it got to the point where the owner could not control it on coal so he took it out and put in a pellet burner. All it needed was a rebuild and some loving.
polarbear119
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Efm 520
Baseburners & Antiques: Lehigh Oak 16 parlor
Coal Size/Type: Rice/nut

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:02 am

He took it out for a "pellet stove?!" :shock: What a crime. Bad for him. Good for you. And a magazine to boot? I'ld like to hear your opinion on that, once you have her tuned in. Good luck.
P.S. It'ld be nice if you could start your own thread, so we can see your progress. :)
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: G111, Southard Robertson
Stove/Furnace Make: Thermopride
Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: EvanV On: Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:46 am

Hello, my name is Evan. Im new to the Forum, new to coal heating, and just wanted to thank everybody for the information you share on this site. I live in Seymour Connecticut and work for Sikorsky Aircraft in the nearby town of Stratford. I have bought a used Chubby Jr Stove and am in the process of installing it in my detached garage/workshop.
EvanV
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Jr
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Wood pellet