Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun. Feb. 10, 2008 2:29 pm

Hello Francisco, welcome to the forum. This thread is just for introductions, not for questions.. Please post a question on the Stokers, boilers, furnaces thread. Be sure to include the size of your house. the current type of heat, like oil, hot water or steam, if steam one or two pipe system etc...
Also read as much as you can on the forum, most questions have been asked and answered before, and you may find a lot more information than you thought possible.

Welcome, and I too used to spend $6000/yr for heat, now about $1500/yr

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

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Jeanie On: Wed. Feb. 13, 2008 7:04 pm


My name is Jeanie. I've enjoyed this forum for at least three years now. I have learned a lot about burning anthracite coal here. I had one heck of a time learning how to get it going and keep it going. Now I have it down pat and I love it.
I live in the country with my dog and two cats. I had my log home built in 1993. It is a story and half. I have a 983 Hitzer insert. I did burn wood until I had two chimeny fires. Due to cresote. That did it. I went on the search for something better. Could not believe what they told me about anthracite. I really love it. Would not use anything else. By the way I also used Bituminous coal. Not sure that is spelled right but anyway the soft stuff. It was so dirty and smelly. I know it is cheaper but not worth it.
I live in Parkersburg West Virginia. Lived here all my life. I thank each and everyone of you for your help when I had a question.
I really do appreciate this forum
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hand Fed Coal Stove Hitzer 983.
Coal Size/Type: Nut coal and stove coal.
Other Heating: Heat pump

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: jeremy On: Thu. Feb. 14, 2008 11:01 am

My name is Jeremy Arnold and im from A small town in PA called Mount Union. I have been burning pellets for only a year and thus far not a big fan! I would really like to buy a coal stove but not quite sure what type I need.

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu. Feb. 14, 2008 12:09 pm

Hi Jeremy, welcome to the forum... get a beverage of choice and sit back and do some reading... You soon will get tnough knowledge to ask the right questions about using a coal burner in your home.

There are dozens of threads on the Hand-fed forum as well as on the 'Stoker fed' forum... lots of reading... enjoy.

then post a question with your house size, insulation, windows. needs likes dislikes etc on the stoker of hand feed forum and we'll help as much as we can..

Greg L

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

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: jpd989 On: Thu. Feb. 14, 2008 9:07 pm

Hello, I am John and I live in Mt Cobb Pa. I have learned much here regarding coal and burning coal. Had a U S Stoves Wondercoal hand fed model. I wish I found this site before I bought that stove. With all that I learned here I was able to get it running and some really decent heat and burn time out of it. But it took a lot of work to get it. Just installed a Reading Utility stove model rsfd-o7. I really like the heat it gives off and the simplicity of just adding coal and removing ashes every other day or so. I am pleased with its perfomance.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S. Machine Basement Stove #3
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat and Chestnut
Stove/Furnace Model: LL110k Boiler

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: daveT On: Fri. Feb. 15, 2008 1:34 pm

Hello all,
New to the forum but not new to coal. My family and I live in central PA. Started firing an Indiana #1 jumbo pot belly stove in my fathers Hardware store when I was 11or 12yrs old.(still have it) Also fired the coal furnace in the house we grew up in right beside the store. Got married in 1978 to my wife of 30yrs.We bought a large Victorian style home in the area that had a Hart, round cast iron hot air furnace still in the basement. The previous owners had plugged the heat runs and cold air returns with insulation and installed electric baseboard heat. One month that first winter was enough of that. When we got our electric bill I immediately preceded to the basement,
removed the round hot air jacket and resealed the old hart furnace. Bought 5 ton of coal and never looked back. After 4 or 5 years I saw an advertisement in the local paper for a Van Wert hot air stoker in new condition. I purchased it for 300$ installed it, and have been heating our home now for 19 years with it. I am in the process of rebuilding it right now which is what brought me to the forum. I was looking for parts and found a possible supplier here in PA on this site. I am happy to say he has what I need. The information and advice here is first class and very helpful.
Now before anybody thinks I am nuts or a glutton for punishment for rebuilding the Van Wert let me explain. I have not used a more dependable or efficient coal furnace than this unit. I am sure it would still be running if it were not for the damp basement in the old house during the summer when it is not being used. All of the furnaces problems are from rust degradation not worn out parts or other problems.
Thank you for the information and help.
Stove/Furnace Make: Van Wert
Stove/Furnace Model: VA150

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Steve_in_Stbg On: Fri. Feb. 15, 2008 3:44 pm

Hi everyone!

When I had my house built back in '86, I had a VanWert Simplex Multitherm oil/coal/wood boiler put in. Used it for about 5 years before I gave up on burning coal in it - never could get it to really keep a good fire going. Used it just on oil for another 5 or 6 years before I had it yanked out and just went with an oil boiler.

Then, along came hurricane Katrina... I'd been researching something to get me out from under the having to buy oil from the Arabs for a while. I thought fuel prices would soar, so I pulled the trigger real sudden like and bought a Harman VF3000 stoker boiler. I did all the installation work myself and am now in my 3rd heating season with it. I used to be kind of a thermostat Nazi - always making sure the heat didn't get turned up above 68... Now, we leave it at 70/71 in the 3 zones we use all the time and have the other 3 zones set in the low 60's. If my wife gets cold, she can turn up the thermostat without me yelling! I burn about 5 to 6 tons of rice coal a year to heat my house and my domestic hot water (during heating season). So glad I spent the money to put in the Harman.

I found this site trying to find a place to buy a pallet (or two) of rice coal at a decent price. Hopefully I'll be able to lend a hand (or a few words) from my experience configuring, installing and operating my boiler.

Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
Stove/Furnace Model: VF3000 Boiler

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Coal Jockey On: Fri. Feb. 15, 2008 10:16 pm

Greetings from Ontario Canada :verycool:

I've been impressed with the insights on here, very helpful for someone like myself in his first season heating with coal. I heat a large drafty farmhouse with a Newmac GAO, hot air hooked up in tandem with an old oil furnace that provides the circulation fan. I look forward to reading more as time goes along.
As my name suggests, I have a little "sideline".... not allowed to say what... :whistle:
Coal Jockey
Stove/Furnace Make: Newmac
Stove/Furnace Model: GAO

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: jockel On: Sun. Feb. 17, 2008 3:48 pm

When I grew up in Pennsylvania coal was not that unusual. As a young adult I owned a modern open floor plan house that had a small coal/wood stove. When we had that system going it kept all 2000 square feet at 90 degrees all winter long. We loved it.

After moving around a lot in the following 20 years we are now more or less settled in Southern Maine. We have a split level house that was built in the early 80's as an electric home. It is well built and pretty tight. At some point a prior owner put in a stove platform in the basement and an oil fired hot air furnace as well.

We plan on switching from wood to a coal stove after using wood as our primary heat for a few years with the oil as the overnight/backup heating system. We would keep the the oil furnace. So what we would like to do is find a stoker model coal stove and run that as the primary system. We would use the ductwork from the oil furnace to distribute the heat to the rest of the house.
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono Back

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: beatle78 On: Sun. Feb. 17, 2008 5:36 pm

Hi everyone,

My name is Jeremy and I'm also a coalaholic. I like my stoker stove, but I REALLY hope to buy a stoker boiler and install it by next year. This is the BEST forum I've ever found. There are a handful of guys here that were instrumental in helping my get my hot water coil installed in my Magnum Stoker and hooked up to the indirect heater!

This is my 3rd season heating with coal, but my father has been heating his house with a Harman DVc-500 stoker for ~10 years now.

We've been heating our house with Wood ever since I can remember. Then when I went off to college my dad got the coal stoker stove. :lol:

I found this forum by typing "coal forum" in Google. Thank you Google!!!! :D
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker KA-4

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: KLook On: Mon. Feb. 18, 2008 2:42 pm

Hey all, my name is Kevin Look. I live in eastern most Maine, the Machias area. I am 48, married with twin sons grown and out of the nest. I am a building contractor. The coal industry left here back in my very early years. My grandfather burned it in the early 60's but the death of our railroad spelled the end of cheap coal. I accidently started to use it because I was given some from an old school. It was soft coal but it peaked my interest and I found some free coal in old houses. I am really enjoying reading the posts on this forum because I am learning more then I ever anticipated. I have a MemCo MW 100 made in Jay Maine. It is primarily a wood boiler. I added a steel plate in the top to prevent the heat from quickly going straight up the chimney. I also have a 365 gal. tank to store the hot water. This gives me 415 gal. total to store heat. The system works but it requires me to tend it far to much. I would like a larger tank and a more efficient longer burning stove. Or just eliminate the tank. That is what I am deciding as I read your post's.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Other Heating: Gas boiler backup/main
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: mcwest2002 On: Wed. Feb. 20, 2008 10:05 pm

Hi, my name is Michael and I live in south-central Michigan. I know user lincolnmania from a car forum where he's a moderator and he's been telling me about the advantages of heating with coal. We have city gas at our home in the Lansing area, but possibly coal power will be appropriate for heating the 3-to-4-car polebarn I'd like to build. Just looking to poke around and learn more about how this all works!
Stove/Furnace Make: n/a
Stove/Furnace Model: n/a5

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: tvb On: Thu. Feb. 21, 2008 12:33 am


My name is TVB and over the past few months, I,too, fell victim to the beguiling allure of anthracite. It all started when we purchased a home last May; it came with an older Vermont Castings multi-fuel stove. The sellers' claimed they burned something called coal in it.

As the weather cooled, I began dread the oil tank in my basement knowing it would be a very expensive proposition to have it filled. My fears were realized upon the first delivery when the oil covered man handed me a slip of paper with the sum of $792 written on it. I took another look at that blue cast iron thing called a coal burner sitting in my living room.

I googled coal, I googled Vermont Castings. I ended up here.

And I learned how to light that damn stuff I found at the local Agway for a few dollars for fifty pounds. That first night, I was up all night determined to figure out why it wouldn't stay lit. Back to that anthracite forum - an odd place I thought at first but chock full of useful information!

And then before I even realized it, that stove was working like a charm and burning all night through. And what is this? A thermostat that says 85 degrees? And the silence I was hearing? No oil fired boiler kicking on. Hmmmmm, these guys might be onto something, so I came back and then back again and I read and I read and then I read even more about this funny rock called anthracite.

Then it happened.

A few months passed by and I realized that the Vigilant was just a starter drug - there were bigger and better drugs around the corner. Ones that would satisfy my craving for heat and the absence of the boiler steaming in the basement. And then BOOM!

It happened. I walked into a store with new stoves. And I touched them and carassed them and then one followed me home.

Well, not quite followed me home and I haven't exactly taken a check over yet but it's official, I turned into a coal junkie.

In my other world, I live in Hunterdon County, NJ and am excited to be soon changing my equipment tag to Harman: Magnum Stoker. Look for me trying to unload a used VC Vigilant Model 1400 Multi-fuel once it's installed sometime in the next few weeks or so. It's a decent stove to cut your teeth on and despite it's bad rep, if you have the time to caress and massage it a couple times of day, will heat a decent sized space quite nicely and I've got goodies to go with it :roll:
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Steve.N On: Thu. Feb. 21, 2008 4:53 pm

Hello all, my name is Steve and I live in upstate New York. Upstate for me is about 125 miles north of Albany in the Adirondack park. I am married and have two grown children and one granddaughter.

I am self employed and own a hardware store and feed business. Heat in the business is getting to be a burden and I started thinking about some form of coal heat. That is how I discovered this forum. I have actually been reading the posts for about 2 months and decided it was time to join

I have been a wood burner for 40 years and a coal burner for a lot of that. Currently I burn a Harman MkII in my home and an antique Round Oak in my home work shop.
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman mkII
Stove/Furnace Model: Axeman Anderson 260 at store

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: cookieman On: Thu. Feb. 28, 2008 4:31 pm

Hi there all you coal burning fanatics! They call me Cookieman. I live in Pierpont, Ohio located about 35 miles S/E of Erie Pa. In the last year or so I remarried, retired, and purchased a Hitzer 354 hand fired coal stove. I have mastered marriage and retirement,but burning anthracite coal in the Hitzer stove is a different story! This is not the site for this problem. Hopefully you people can give me a litttle insight on burning coal. thanks
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 354
Coal Size/Type: Nut/anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: hitzer 354 hand fired