Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:29 pm

Welcome to the FORUM Joe. Yep, you're going to love the LL my friend. I don't know about you uppity Groton people with your FULLY insulated old farm houses?? Oh wait, that ain't Freetown. :clap: toothy Again, welcome Joe, there's a lot of coal knowledge on here. The only dumb questions, are the one's we don't ask. ;)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: urdahere On: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:01 am

Thanks for the welcome Fred. I sure miss Hazel's Willawanna Inn over there in East Freetown.

Joe
urdahere
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:25 pm

So does everybody, it's just a residential now. :( , Brown Beaver burnt down,but always the old 3 Bear Inn & one other I can't think of the name right now in Marathon. ;)
urdahere wrote:Thanks for the welcome Fred. I sure miss Hazel's Willawanna Inn over there in East Freetown.

Joe
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:32 pm

hello all i am new here never done this before.. been burning wood and coal for years now, started to suppliment oil heat and quit oil 8 or 9 years ago . started with wood about 8 cords per year,getting boring,to much work wood is free but takes to much time. burning both this year and will continue for a while. coal at nite and when its wicked cold , wood during the day. started with bit, but that to much fuss swiched to ant. boy what a differance..looking for all the info i can get. its fun being cheap..thinking of buying a hitzer50-93 any tips would be appreaciated.glad i found this forum...BUFFALO BOB..
buffalo bob
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 354
Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:57 pm

Bob, the Hitzer 50-93 would be a big upgrade compared to your current "Wondercoal". With the Hitzer you can expect easy 12-15 hour burn cycles, and steady heat output.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: sterling40man On: Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:23 pm

Welcome Bob! A lot of members here have Hitzers and I'm sure they'll chime in if you create a new thread in the hand fired section.
sterling40man
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: rkodo On: Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:21 pm

Hi, I'm Rick or rko, I live in northeast Ohio in the snow belt of Lake Erie. I'm a lineman for first energy. Love the out doors. I have family in Virginia and Colorado. I grew up with coal heat on grandfathers farm. I loved it then and I love it now. If I can't sleep I get up and watch the blue ladies dance in my keystoker hf 90 insert and remember all the good times. God gave us coal to keep us warm. Man gave us our stoves to burn it safely. After I think on the good times I go back to bed in my warm house with a smile on my face dreaming of burning coal. Ya, my wife thinks I'm nuts, but she always makes sure we have enough anthracite in the fall. P.S. I love reading all your posts. Rko
rkodo
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: keystoker 90 coal insert
Coal Size/Type: pea
Other Heating: heat pump
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: hf 90 insert

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:04 pm

Welcome to the FORUM rko. Yea, coal'll make ya goofy. ;) I line tramped for Koehler many yrs ago--Andrew going through Homestead, Fla was when I hung up my belt.It's definetly a young mans game. Be safe out there my young friend. :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: joeq On: Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:57 pm

Gentlemen, (Ladies?)
Just found this website, and it looks very informative. Something I can benefit from seeing I'm new to coal burning. I'm in upper CT, and live in a modest (1500 sq/ft) farm house, with my wife and twin teenage daughters. I've owned a Surdiac Gotha, model 513, for almost 20 yrs, and have never had it operational. Since the oil prices keep getting more and more out of control, the wife suggested a yr ago I install it so we can see how it performs. It made it's maiden voyage approx. 1 mo ago, (fueled up and burning), but firing this thing has been a "hit or miss" event, which has been frustrating to say the least. :mad: I'm hoping to learn from you "seasoned" veterans, and promise not to burden you with ridiculously simple questions. Unfortunately, I can't promise there won't be any stupid ones. (Sorry).Anyway, Happy 2012 to all, and stay warm. :) P.S. I hope the administrators can move this to where it belongs, cause it appears I'm in the wrong. area.
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:24 pm

Welcome to the FORUM my friend. Remember, the only stupid questions are the ones not asked. :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: joeq On: Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:32 pm

Thanx Fred, for being the current welcoming committee. Finally got my stove working today, even tho it's a "balmy" 35 degrees outside . Still in the experimenting stages.
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: vdubnut On: Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:02 pm

Hello all. I've been reading on here for a while and am learning alot. I bought my house about eight years ago and every year i think about using this Royall wood/ coal boiler.My house is an early 60's house and i suspect the coal boiler to be from the mid 80's. I live near Kingston NY and i'm sure it could save me some fuel costs. I converterted from oil to propane and now want to use coal. I do have some work to do though...... have chimney inspected, maybe relined, replumb boiler to new propane unit.... and the list goes on. I am alittle hesitant to using coal ( dangers, cost, learning curve.....) I hope to get over that though. Thanks for a very informative site.
vdubnut
 
Stove/Furnace Make: royall
Stove/Furnace Model: 6526

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: newbie in ny On: Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:08 pm

Welcome,
I also live in NY -near Syracuse. This is my second year burning coal and I'm just loving it!. There is as you say a learning process with coal but once you get it figured out, you'll be wondering why you didn't start sooner.Sorry I can't help with any with any boiler questions but there is a lot of knowledge here and everyone is very helpful. Again welcome
newbie in ny
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker 160
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: IH8JEEP On: Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:59 pm

Hi,just found you guys. Been using my Alaska stoker with the blower jackets for about 19 years. Bought my house with electric heat and with an old hand fired coal stove and the seller (old man)said "learn to use the coal stove son you will love it, heat the whole winter for $200". I didn't want anything to do with a coal stove then. First winter back in 93 the electric bill went from $80 to $400 the first heating month. Ran out that weekend and got coal-LOL. I worked long hours and my wife just couldn't keep the thing fired right. That summer found a guy selling the Alaska almost new stoker with the big furnace blowers for $500,what a deal now! In 19 years I replaced the motor one time. Replaced glass twice then went to a steel plate because glass broke one friday night dead of winter, so off to Lowes I went snowing and blowing out side. No glass for me ever again!!
I will never sell it and when we move it go with me till the end and then the kids can fight over it-LOL
Sorry about the long post but I have loved this stove from day one and looking for another one for my pole barn.
IH8JEEP
 
Stove/Furnace Make: alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: stoker furnace

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:14 pm

Welcome to the FORUM my friend. Good coal burnin story. :D Where are you located--put it in your profile, nobody'll steal ya. :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix