Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: smog On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:46 am


I'm from Montreal, Canada. Currently using an oil fired Viking Junior boiler. I still have some parts for the coal fired kit that was removed 30 years ago.

so... I'm looking for info about the missing parts like the front doors and dampers.

thank you

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: 1985jarhead On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:26 pm

Hi,my name is Pat and I was an oilholic. I am a lineman for an electric company, have two boys and a very nice wife. I have a VF 3000 and am very satisfied after a season and a half. My only twisted regret is, that oil prices went down, and now I'm not getting as much of a return on my investment. Thank all of you that have helped me these two seasons!!
Stove/Furnace Make: harman
Stove/Furnace Model: vf-3000

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Paisan On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:42 pm


My name is Louie and I am a mason that lives near Akron Ohio. I burn wood right know but I'm looking for a hand fired coal stove. I've looked at alot of stoves so far and one really stands out. It's called a D.S. Machine. What ever stove I get, it will be the first time I have ever heated with coal. This web site is very cool. Thanks!
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S.
Stove/Furnace Model: 1600 Circulator

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: greta325 On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:24 pm

Hi Everyone,

I've been running a new EFM 520 coal/oil boiler for almost a week now and enjoying it. I've got a 3700 sq.foot house in Central MA and was using 2500 gallons of oil a winter if I wanted to be warm. I'm hoping to average 10-12 ton of coal a season and that will save me thousands I didn't have in the first place. I started reading this forum last summer when my research started and I decided to switch to coal. I've found some great information on this site, so thanks to all. I'm at the beginning of the learning curve, but it's worth the effort so far.

Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM Stoker Boiler
Stove/Furnace Model: Model DF520

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: jjs777_fzr On: Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:12 pm

Hi folks I'm john and a wood burner/pellet burner looking for yet cheaper sources to heat my 3500sq/ft home. I've only used the hydronic baseboard gas boiler twice this year and that was only due to my old gasoholic tendencies of years past.
Coal has my attn and is becoming more and more interesting to me. I came to this site by way of (wood/pellet burners) this is a great site.
My brother-in-law has what I found to be a vintage walker & pratt bos mfg co pot belly stove No.2 and I said hey that looks to be a coal capable stove which he has only been burning wood.
As me and him both are expecting our 3rd chile in March '09 we'd like to save even more money on fuel that we really don't have in the first place.
I too am looking to get into coal but I am having a hard time scouring the internet looking for distributors in the north ne part of mass.
Anyways glad to be here and hoping to contribute to sticking it to the foreign oil countries that hate the US.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Penn Coal Stove & Chubby
Other Heating: CFM Wood Stove & Englander 25-PDVC Pellet Stove

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: JLF53 On: Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:33 am

Hi, I am new to coal. My name is Jane, I live in an old 1870 brick three story house Flemington NJ. I have learned a lot from this forum and found it invaluable in trying to start a fire and learn about how to manage my stove.

I have now kept the fire burning 7 weeks without going out. I wish I had found this forum when I was picking out stoves. I probably would have purchased a stoker rather than a hand fired stove.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: TimfromPittsburgh On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:32 pm


I am Tim from near Pittsburgh, PA. I am an electrical engineer (mostly retired now) and have been heating our home with wood and coal for the past 26 years. Our current heating system is a Tarm 502 multi-fuel boiler. I burn coal when the temperature is low and wood the rest of the time.

I stumbled upon this site yesterday when searching for suppliers of anthracite coal in the Pittsburgh area. Luckily, I found there are several. The quality of anthracite from my current supplier is not so great this year. This website is a tremendous resource and I will visit often.
Stove/Furnace Make: Tarm
Stove/Furnace Model: 502

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: coalminer33 On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:30 pm

I'm a recently retired coal miner from North of Pittsburgh, PA. I've been burning anthracite (nut) in a HB Smith 5 section boiler since 1983. Seems a little strange to mine bituminous and burn anthracite but that is how it worked out.

Take Care,
Stove/Furnace Make: H.B. Smith (Westfield, Mass.)
Stove/Furnace Model: Series 15 Smith-Mills Boiler

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: minersdaughter On: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:25 am

I"m Cindy. I've worked in one of the last surviving anthracite coal mines for the since 1981. I am President of the Independent Miners Association and my husband owns the RS&W Coal Mine in Pottsville. (The one where the episode of Dirty Jobs was filmed.) Coal mining is my life and I certainly appreciate all you folks who burn coal. Both of my sons are coal miners and I am coal proud to my soul. I've had the great privelege of knowing the majority of underground coal miners in NE PA and my job consists of keeping mining safe and productive. Thanks again to all you faithful coal burners. Cindy
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: tsb On: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:27 am

I assume you sell to a breaker ?
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II
Baseburners & Antiques: Grander Golden Oak , Glenwood # 6
Coal Size/Type: All of them

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: rlh48 On: Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:42 pm

Hi all
This is Rich from upstate NY, south of Utica. Have been a member since July 08, but never introduced myself on this great forum.
Have been Married for 40 years, wife, 3 girls, 3 granddauthers, love them all.
Also, have just become the proud owner of a new AHS 130 coal boiler, and I love it.
Have a 30 year old house, with good insulation and windows. About 2500 square feet. Two zones, one upstairs, living area, and one down stairs in cellar/garage.
Have had the AHS working for almost a week and staying nice and warm. Also, have been watching the oil gauge all week and guess what, it hasn't moved!!!! I love that. So glad to be burning coal and knowing that my money is staying right here in the USA.
Please keep up the good work on this forum, it has made the trip to coal alot easier. I'm sure there will be more question in the near future.

thanks, from upstate ny, Rich

[quote][/quote]Do unto others, before they do it to you!!
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS 130 coal boiler

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:06 am

Chris (and family) from Pittstown, NJ here. I just joined this 'forum'. It is my firstime in a forum, so I'm still trying to get used to the rules. I already posted a messege to the wrong category, and Richard slapped my hand. :oops: I have been burning wood as my primary heat source, for 30 years now. Falling, Bucking, Splitting, and stacking. Yeah, it warmed me 3 or 4 times before it warmed the house ;) but its getting old (or is that me ;) ). I never paid a cent for wood in all that time. 'FREE' is better than any cost for any other fuel type. The FireplaceExtrardinaire has faithfully heated our house for the last 10 years. I installed it myself, doing all the framing and trim AND chimney, for the new box. It is very similar to a 'Canned' firplace, except it is sealed with two glass doors, it is flush to the wall, and it pumps GOBBS of heat into the house. The only negative is, the lower level stays on the cool side. The circulation fan on the new forced hot air oil burner does move the hot air between levels (the fan runs at 20% all the time), but lower level of house still is cooler than we would like, and the free firewood won't last forever. Hence, the recent purchase of a Harman DVC-500. We ordered it on May 1, 2008, and it finally arrived Jan 21, 2009. EIGHT months of waiting. And I thought I was ordering it early enough to have it installed by the begining of October! HA! It will go into the pool room on the lower level. Theres no insulation between floors, so we are hoping the heat will radiate up to upper level. I paid $3000 for it, even though the dealor now says the door is a seperate cost. ???? Since we ordered in May2008 he says he threw the door in for "free". But he charged us thru the nose for two pieces of square Harman exhaust pipe ($500 total for the terminator and 45 angle) :mad: . Anyway, I got it all installed this week, and just 'playing' with handfulls of pellets in the pot until I get some rice coal. I still have a barn full of Stihl chainsaws, that I am slowly selling. I have been rebuilding them one at a time, just for the fun of it. I enjoy being outdoors and playing with our kids. We have a 3 and 7 year old, who love the great outdoors. We have our own chickens for fresh eggs, although they are more like pets, and free-range around the house. Our dog chases away the raccoons and skunks from stealing the chicken eggs. I just got layed off from my job on October 1st, so I'm still looking for a source of income (Darn economy :mad: ) I am trying to take up a new career: Lottery Winner! :lol:
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:20 am

DVC500_at_last wrote:I am trying to take up a new career: Lottery Winner! :lol:

:lol: :lol: Good luck in your new career Chris & welcome! :devil:
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Laffinlex6 On: Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:57 pm

Hi! I'm Melissa and my husband is Dean. We are newbies to burning coal and found this forum after some internet searching. We inherited an old coal furnace, rebuilt, from my father a few years ago. It's the kind with the large kidney attached. This is the first winter we've been serious about using it and finally got it plumbed into the duct work. We've definitely saved a lot from what we were spending on oil.

So far we've just about gone through 4 tons of bituminous coal. We didn't know what to expect at the beginning of the season. From reading here, it looks like we're moving on to anthracite if we can find it. We live about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Stove/Furnace Make: Olsen Mfg Co., Elyria OH
Stove/Furnace Model: Luxaire

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: BDHodosn On: Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:34 pm

So after several years burning hardwood by the triaxle load we've made the jump to anthracite. We have a Hitzer Model 82 hand fed. Not having too much success in switching over to anthracite today. With only a couple of days of wood left we pulled the trigger. Coal and stove are not cooperating. Searching for answers and advice. Found my way here.

Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: Model 82UL