Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Short Bus On: Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:31 pm

If you need a cure for your coal addiction you've fallen in with the wrong crowed.
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: gizmo On: Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:38 pm

I sit and watch it for hours trying and thinking I can make it better,I have
tried a lot but usually end up back where I started.All the more reason to keep trying.
gizmo
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Pea
Other Heating: NONE

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Short Bus On: Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:50 pm

It seams as the seasons change modifications present themselves, but house is warm, hot water never runs out, ash and mess are in the garage, advice is to be calm, but the reality is more like this. It was the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creture was stiring not even a mouse, except the guy in bed thinking about converting the cloths dryer to hot water. :)

I think you can find a thread on this if you need to go down that road, somehow I remeber reading dryers need 150 F air.

I'm sending you a personal message at the top of the screen so you can learn how that is done, I mean learn how the personal message is done.
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: deweypolice On: Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:29 pm

Hello, My name is Peter and I am from the Nazareth area located in the Lehigh Valley. I have recently moved into a house that is 200 years old and has furnace heat / hot water as well as a coal stove. I am employed in Law Enforcement and i love what i do. I am looking to browse the site and gather some idea's and to attempt to solve some question's and problems i am currently having with my coal stove. So thank you for reading and i hope to enjoy the site, like it appears the rest of you are currently doing. Peter
deweypolice
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: 10.262

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:42 am

Peter,welcome to the FORUM---don't spend to much time browsing--get to some specifics--there ain't no stupid questions here & people are more then happy to share thier coal burning experience. Later my friend
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Julie On: Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:40 pm

Hi. I have a Petit Godin Round 3721 (mid-1970s) that my folks gave me since they weren't using it anymore. It's great for my very small house, although burn times are not very long with wood. Last winter was my first winter in this house with this stove and I burned only wood, as I was not able to find anthracite in these parts. I'm in central Virginia. I'm still on the hunt, but I'm not having much luck finding anthracite. What are your thoughts about and experiences with burning bituminous in this stove if I cannot find anthracite?

I really enjoy reading the posts and look forward to learning more about using my coal stove.
Julie
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Godin
Stove/Furnace Model: Petit Godin

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:06 pm

Welcome to the FORUM Julie---I'll bet you'll be hearing from Lisa,who is close to your part of the country :) Again,welcome-0-ask questions & you'll get answers
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: budster On: Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:13 pm

..hello all..is the the right place for intros?..my name is Bud..I'm a retired railroader, live in Elkton, MD..getting ready to buy a Hitzer coal stove model #50-93 from a dealer in Quarryville, PA..never burned coal before, so I'll be asking lots of questions..I'm glad to have found this place..
budster
 
Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:40 pm

Hi Julie,

Where are you in VA? I'm in Springfield. I've been burning coal in a Harmon Mark II for the last 4 years. I drive 50 miles to Jefferson, MD for my bagged coal. I've heard of one anthracite dealer in Christiansburg but that's as far south as I've seen. Sometimes farm stores will have it or will be willing to get it for you. It's all hit and miss.

You'd have to do a cost analysis to see if the savings is there. You could expect to pay $300 plus a ton for bagged coal. There are several fuel cost tables on the forum; use the search box in the upper right hand corner. That will give you a good idea of how much you could expect to use per year for your sq. feet. Bulk coal is less expensive but the cost of delivery is going to drive up your price. Many of the bulk dealers require the purchase of entire truck load, approximately 22 tons. Another option is to rent a truck and go get the bagged coal yourself. You may find that anthracite is not economically feasible for you.

I don't know much about burning bit or the Godin. If you posted the question on the Bit page I'm sure you'd get the answer to your question. The level of knowledge about coal on the forum is phenomenal. Don't hesitate to ask any questions that come to mind. Good luck, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:25 pm

Bud,welcome to the Forum--my Grandfather worked the rails back in the 20's & 30's--he lived in Wilmington,De. & retired there--you have made a good stove choice--last winter was my 1st coal yr. all wood before--I love the coal---& I love my 50-93---like anything else there is a combination you'll have to find for your stove & I can tell you from experience that this is the place to learn--ask away when you need to---Later my friend--Fred
budster wrote:..hello all..is the the right place for intros?..my name is Bud..I'm a retired railroader, live in Elkton, MD..getting ready to buy a Hitzer coal stove model #50-93 from a dealer in Quarryville, PA..never burned coal before, so I'll be asking lots of questions..I'm glad to have found this place..
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Discobubba On: Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:16 pm

Been lurkin on this site for quite some time. There's certainly a lot to learn and I'm sure they'll be a lot more for me. Living in North West Connecticut in a 60+ year old house with a Boiler of the same age. I've been told it looks like it might have been either a wood or coal boiler that was converted to burn oil. It's an old FitzGibbons with an asbestos liner and boy does it seem inefficient. Being so difficult to afford feeding it we originally went to check out Pellet stoves but one smart dealer turned us onto looking at coal stokers. Unfortunately the prices for new boilers and stoves, while fair, are just too much (if only we didn't spend so much on oil...its a vicious cycle :mad: ) so I've keeping my eyes peeled on CraigsList for something used and more affordable.

Unfortunately the first stove I bought turned out to be a letdown. It was an old Surdiac which looked fine at first but once I got it home found out a few of the cast-iron parts had rusted through. Maybe one day I'll start a thread and post pics of my partial tear-down, but right now its surrounded by my sister's stuff in the garage while she's uses it as storage during her move.

Having learned from that and doing a lot of research in the meantime I've finally found what will hopefully be some relief in the form of an old Ashley/King Stove Circulator. This time I made sure to give it a thorough look and my buddy that helped me move it thought it looked good. He took the grate assembly out to lighten it up. After getting it home I noticed one of the grates seemed off and my buddy thinks it was probably welded back together but that he could fix it up better. Part of the reason I picked it up though is because their still made and parts are sold by U.S. Stoves. So rather than take any chances I'll just get a new one.

Now the big project is checking with our town rules to see if its alright to hook it into the extra thimble in our old mason chimney despite the facet that the oil-burner boiler and oil-burner water heater are connected to the other side of the chimney. :? Then to let the insurance company know, gotta play it safe ya ya know.

Anyways, I try not to post too much. As you can see I'd just talk too much and would prefer to do that when I have something useful to contribute. :D Still wanna say Thanks for the great site!
Discobubba
 

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:26 pm

Good to see your post--sounds to me like you've learned alot already :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

New Owner: Advanced Stove Works H 562

PostBy: kulpmont On: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:06 pm

Hey, group !

Great message forum for coal energy. Thanks to the mods and developers for a great site. :clap:

I just received a coal stove that my father brought back from eastern Pennsylvannia; Kulpmont in Northumberland County where his family settled in the early 20th century, working as coal miners.

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I've got a bit of an idea that I'd like to install the stove in the living/dining room area of my wood frame cape cod style home. Stove pipe would exit out the gable end of the house. Current interior is gypsum drywall w/ hardwood floors.

Will have to research feasibility of stove install, operation, and of course a supply of fuel (mid-Michigan). Sure to find a lot of resources here.

Thanks again for a great forum !
kulpmont
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Advance Stove Works
Stove/Furnace Model: H 562

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: rockwood On: Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:27 pm

kulpmont wrote:I just received a coal stove that my father brought back from eastern Pennsylvannia; Kulpmont in Northumberland County where his family settled in the early 20th century, working as coal miners.

Welcome!
You have a kitchen "end" heater. They were designed to sit alongside a kitchen range. My Grandma had one at the "end" of her electric range and I still have that stove to this day. Not using it though, it's stored out at the farm because I have too many stoves at my place now. ;)
Here is a link about these stoves.
http://www.monarchrange.com/OtherProducts/24PY_KitchenHeater_late50s.pdf
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
rockwood
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Stokermatic coal furnace
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Rockwood Stoveworks Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: Malleable/Monarch Range
Coal Size/Type: Soft coal: Lump and stoker (slack coal)

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: kulpmont On: Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:23 am

rockwood wrote:
kulpmont wrote:I just received a coal stove that my father brought back from eastern Pennsylvannia; Kulpmont in Northumberland County where his family settled in the early 20th century, working as coal miners.

Welcome!
You have a kitchen "end" heater. They were designed to sit alongside a kitchen range. My Grandma had one at the "end" of her electric range and I still have that stove to this day. Not using it though, it's stored out at the farm because I have too many stoves at my place now. ;)
Here is a link about these stoves.
http://www.monarchrange.com/OtherProducts/24PY_KitchenHeater_late50s.pdf
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.



Great, thanks!

Like I said, I have this crazy idea to install the end heater in my living room along this wall:

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(Yes, that's a door hanging from the ceiling as a room divider.)

I'd lose the empty fish tank on which currently hangs my REd Dead Redemption game map and arrange the furniture differently.

Here's the exterior:

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OK, so run the pipe out the wall and up over the roof line. No problem.

BIG question: what type of additional floor and wall fireproof material would be required for installation?
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kulpmont
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Advance Stove Works
Stove/Furnace Model: H 562