Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: hlw On: Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:50 pm

Hi. Herman from Saskatchewan. Been using 2 Homesteader VI's with stoker inserts in tandem to heat chicken barns. Not familiar with most of the brands mentioned here. I'm thinking of updating to something more efficient. Not enough capacity when it's 40 below. Wow is your coal expensive. I get 47 ton loads delivered for $75.
hlw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Homesteader

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:02 pm

Herman,what kinda coal do you use??
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Short Bus On: Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:06 am

I guess I could have done this a few months ago.
I burn coal, just don't want to burn oil, I will be getting to the insulation this summer.
I'm heating an old railroad frieght shed, 16x32 only half converted to dweling, and garage is not finished, winter caught me unprepared.
boiler in garage is a Kewanee with an Anchor stoker under it, same as a Will-Burt stoker.
Coal from Healy Alaska, forty miles north, 7500 BTU/lb, 65$/Ton, 25% water, haul in 3/4 ton Pickup.
Winter will last another two months here and then I will get out and make my improvments, currently 10F outside.
State DOT mechanic, before that mined and sold gravel in Washington State.
Mechanical Engineer by training, just didn't like the jobs in that field.
This summer plan to get domestic hot water onto boiler, electric rates here 20 cent/KWH.
Pondering coil for the dryer.
Waitress called me Short Bus one day implyling, I road the short bus with the special needs kids, always liked the nick name.
Live in Cantwell Alaska, 150 miles from hardware and grocery stores in Fairbanks, -40F can and has happend on a regular basis the previous two winters, I was hand firing a kitchen range then.

This is a nice informative place.
Short Bus
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Kewanee boiler with Anchor stoker
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut / Sub-bituminous C
Other Heating: Propane wall furnace back up only

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:38 am

welcome shortbus,excellent looking truck in the background :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:36 pm

Hi Short Bus,

I love the nickname. I drive a school bus and occasionally drive the short buses. My husband feels I fit right in on them, especially when I attempt things without thoroughly thinking them out. :D My list of such times is too long to go into but suffice to say he is probably right on the money with his reference. Welcome to the Forum, you're going to fit right in. Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: maltiner On: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:04 am

Hello,
Name ; Mahmut
Year ; 24
Job ; Research Asistant at university (mining engineering department).
Location : Turkey

that's enough for me. lol
maltiner
 

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:28 pm

welcome Mahmut:) Hows the weather in Turkey :?: :?:Which University are you affiliated with?I have a Turkish friend that has the Harley Davidson Dealership in Istanbul
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: maltiner On: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:32 am

freetown fred wrote:welcome Mahmut:) Hows the weather in Turkey :?: :?:Which University are you affiliated with?I have a Turkish friend that has the Harley Davidson Dealership in Istanbul

University of Cukurova. (ADANA)
weather of adana is the hottest in turkey. in summer degree is about 40-44 C :) in winter 5-10 C :)
maltiner
 

Brian @ Masons Corner

PostBy: Brian J On: Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:05 pm

Hello Everyone,
At Masons Corner we provide expert sales and service for Leisure line, Keystoker and EFM products. We will check periodically with the site for local customers as well as tech support we may be able to provide for others.
Thank you,
Brian
Brian J
 
Stove/Furnace Make: LL,Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: All

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Hal On: Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:08 pm

Hi Everyone,

I just got a hand fired coal stove from a neighbor. Have lurked here before but now have something to ask about. He has a ton of coal under the porch he wants to get rid of too. I live in central Mass and am a Mechanical Engineer. My wonderful wife puts up with my collecting bits and pieces of old machines and tinkering with them. The only? (ha ha) rule is I must not leave stuff where she needs to walk. :) We never wanted kids so that leaves more room and money for old machines. Machines never talk back, and they don't put peanut butter sandwiches into the dvd player.

Looking to learning a lot more here.

Regards,
Hal.
Hal
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Shot Engineering Corp
Stove/Furnace Model: Hot Shot II (2)

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Dobe's 4 Me On: Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:54 pm

Hi I'm Norm ... live in Central PA ... and I'm trying to learn more about burning coal to heat our family ranch home. The home we purchased has radiant ceiling heat and after 2 500+ PPL bills, it was enough to convince me to find an alternative. Because I lucked into my Dad's Harman Mark II ... we're building a chimney and preparing to burn coal for our first winter (2010-2011).

I've never joined a chat board before ... we by the threads I've seen ... I'm hoping the veterans here can provide me with some valuable advice.

I'm Dobe's 4 Me ... because we love our Doberman! Appreciate any and all advice you can pass along! Take Care!
Dobe's 4 Me
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: wlape3 On: Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:10 pm

Dobe's 4 Me wrote:Hi I'm Norm ... live in Central PA ... and I'm trying to learn more about burning coal to heat our family ranch home. The home we purchased has radiant ceiling heat and after 2 500+ PPL bills, it was enough to convince me to find an alternative. Because I lucked into my Dad's Harman Mark II ... we're building a chimney and preparing to burn coal for our first winter (2010-2011).

I've never joined a chat board before ... we by the threads I've seen ... I'm hoping the veterans here can provide me with some valuable advice.

I'm Dobe's 4 Me ... because we love our Doberman! Appreciate any and all advice you can pass along! Take Care!


Had a house in southeastern PA with a similar situation. Electric baseboard with a hand-fed coal stove. Since the stove I had was a different model I can't give you any tips on the Harman but I'm sure yu will learn to love it.

Good luck and welcome to the forum
wlape3
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: 140 auger, forced hot air

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:13 pm

Hi Norm; I hear ya with the electric bills. I have a rancher that had all electric, baseboard and heat pump and my highest bill was $575 Jan. 09 and now we are at $140 w/4 in the house. The coal will save you alot. :D
AA130FIREMAN
 
Stove/Furnace Make: axeman anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 anthratube

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:53 am

Welcome to the coal family Norm--this is the place to be for coal burning advice--as you need it,it will appear.Pretty cool this cyber stuff :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: bloogrssgrl On: Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:22 am

Hello!

My name is Anne. My husband and I own a small farm in Northern Schuylkill County, PA, where we raise meat and fiber goats and some chickens.

The farm came with a behemoth of an old house - 4200 SQ. FT, with single pane windows and not a stitch of insulation. Oh, and it had an oil burner! :shock: I found receipts in the attic where one year the prior owners burned over 5,000 - yes, THOUSAND - gallons of heating oil. They apparently had a mass of money that we could only dream about. Sadly, they did not spend any of it on insulation.

We rescued an old EFM stoker and, I suppose, for all intents and purposes it still is an EFM stoker, just...modified a bit. (My husband has a propensity to tinker.) We burn anthracite coal, of course. A lot of it.

My husband is planning to build a wood gasifier (see the above note on tinkering) because about half of our property is wooded, much of it with black locust. This is a project that has been "in the works" for several years as he scavanges parts from hither and yon. Unfortunately, each year when he thinks he will get to work on the project, another piece of the house decides to fall apart. And so it goes.

I've perused this site before and finally decided to join as due to being off work for a short period, I have now been left in the lurch of baby sitting our aging stoker. Although, I'm not a complete novice - I know how to get it up and running after the cotter pin shears, and I know what type and size of nail to substitue when we're out of them. ;) Trial by fire - or lack thereof as the case usually is.

Thanks for a great site and I look forward to picking your brains!

Anne
bloogrssgrl
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Frankenstein
Stove/Furnace Model: Who even knows anymore