Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: blusmoke On: Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:31 pm

Hello, My name is Dave and I have heating problem. After the 5th catalytic converter went out on my stove insert I've had it! :mad:

Hopefully not after Friday. Thanks to all the members that have helped with my inquiries about stove issues and help me guide my decisions for the purchase of my new coal burner. :D

Going from Wood and Propane (about 3700 per year........) and a summer of wood cutting and spliting to my new Hitzer 983. Hoping it does the trick.
Great forum, and looking forward to being an active member of this community.
Stove/Furnace Make: Workin on it.............

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: bucketslave On: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:58 pm

Hello Everyone! My name is Dan and I reside in Northeast Ohio,in the heart of snowbelt country. I`m a U.S.Navy Veteran and retired dump driver from the heavy highway construction trade.Hopefully spent my last dollar filling the fuel tank in the basement. I had so many questions concerning coal. I believe I hit the jackpot running across this site ! Gonna get started by installing a 316 stainless rigid liner in the chimney and laying a hearth pad. For reasons of space and the cubic footage of the house [1,400], I`ve chosen the Hitzer Model 254 as my primary source of heat.I`ve got a few cords of mixed seasoned already waiting to help break in the stove. Then I`m off to the nearest anthracite dealer to try my hand on a batch or two of stove or nut. Can,t wait! From everyone`s point of view, I`ll not want to burn wood ever again. Tip `o the hat to the Mayor, great site you`ve created. It`s a great place to absorb a wealth of knowledge from folks who really know what they are doing when it comes to burning coal! And many thanks to all the people I`ve learned from already!

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:23 pm

Welcome to the FORUM my friend.
freetown fred
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:25 pm

Crap, I missed ya Dave. Welcome to the FORUM. ;)
freetown fred
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Used 2 wood - new 2 Coal

PostBy: oppirs On: Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:55 am

Hey All, SE Illinois using wood for 10 yrs in a Lopi. Added a Dual use stove to the home's original chimney. Gonna try to use coal from just 80 miles away.

Stove fired up over this wimpy Winter under wood, draft seems great. I will ask you all ??? as time need it. I love the Bituminous section, tons of good reads.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo / CW #2
Other Heating: Lopi / Liberty

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:06 pm

Welcome to the FORUM my friend. Just ask when you need to, there's a lot of coal burning knowledge here. :)
freetown fred
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: bucketslave On: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:52 pm

freetown fred wrote:Welcome to the FORUM my friend.

Thanks Fred! Been really quiet since I`ve been here, just trying to read what`s here already concerning all my questions about coal. Had three appliances crap out on me shortly after moving in the new digs, so now I`m tapped. May buy a used Harmon Mark 1 to get me through the rest of the season instead of the Hitzer for now. I know it`s tiny, but I`ve only got 1,320 sq. ft. , so we`ll see!

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Sbreble On: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:56 pm

I'm Sbrebele and I'm interested in learning and aquiering a coal boiler.

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:19 pm

Hello Sbrebele, what is your location?

If you tell us a little more about your plans for the coal boiler, we can point you to the right section of the forum.
Rob R.
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: hevygunz On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:16 pm

Hello -
I am also looking to convert from an oil boiler(20+ yr weil-mcclain) to a coal boiler, so I'll be scouring the boards for the wisdom!
I have a Amtrol Boilermate for hot water, which has been acting erractically lately. Not sure if that will be staying or going with the new setup. I have been reading about folks who install huge water storage tanks to keep excess hot water boiled up. Seems like that would take a great deal of fuel initally, offsetting the savings. But there must be a reason for doing it, which I am eager to learn.
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: TractorDre On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:32 pm

Hello from Manchester,NH

Just found this site today. I'm hoping to find information and parts from other coal burners here. Lately I have been scavenging E-bay for parts, and Salesman Sample Stoves. Yes. I'm that evil guy gobbling some up. I pieced together a small collection of completed ones less the pots,pans and lid lifters and a few strange finds.

I have been burning coal for 27 years. Best fuel to burn as long as you understand it. Most people that I know who tried it, and switch back to wood just didnt get it. They don't understand that it is safer than wood. Others who have switch over to it still use it today.

At home we have used a Efel Montana for the first 15 years( 50 lbs bag lasted up to 4 days) and had to switch over to a Harman Mark I because the hopper failed on the Montana, and parts are not available. Still have it though. Not crazy about the Harman. It's a pig and and stalls out a lot. Once I replace or repair the hopper on the Montana it will be bye bye for the Harman. It is a real good wood burner though, but also is high maintenance compared to the Montana. If they only made slots for the draw knife to clean out the ash build up and an adjustable grate travel for different size coal, it would then be a thousand times better. It does throw out a lot of heat.

I currently am using a Efel Ambassador at my camp(big 100 lbs capacity pig dog with Maximum of two and a half days with a 50 lbs bag of coal), and will be replacing it with a Atlantic Model 40 Wood/Coal Kitchen stove(very odd and rare stove). I am hoping that it will be like the other Atlantic's.

The Atlantic needs minor cosmetic and restoration work. The firebox(Same size as the Queen Atlantic) will need re-factory work (shattered firebricks)and a new oven shelf that it does not have. Also one of the front trim piece is missing. A water jacket will be added to it. What type, I don't yet know. Once this stove takes over the camp, the Ambassador will be rebuilt for future use. It only needs minor restorations, and repairs. A water jacket will be added for future use.

Well. now to continue my hunt for info and start a topic on my Model 40.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Efel Ambassador and Montana//Harman Mark 1
Baseburners & Antiques: Atlantic Kitchen stove #40
Coal Size/Type: Pea
Other Heating: oil

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: nova On: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:52 pm

Hi, I'm Sarah from Vt., and have a small business called Sarah's Antique Stoves, We deal mostly with wood cookstoves, but many of these originally had coal grates and can burn either to heat your home and do your cooking at the same time. Recently, on a stove buying trip, we got 13 stoves several of which were coal heaters and I'm looking to sell them. One in particular is a Treasure Crawford, beautiful stove, and if there is a place to post pics here I will but if anyone's interested in this or anything else I have email me @ Thanks!!
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Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: bigred1001 On: Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:24 pm

Hello all

I have a Union Coal Stove "Victory 700" and a Surdiac Coal Stove "511 Gotha". I have been using them for about 15 years now and if any one has any questions pleas contact. I have been in contact with the person that desinged them in the 70's/80's (Kring's Stove Shop in Boyertown PA)
Additionally I was an organic synthetic chemist at Merck Inc. for ~ 32 years (Learn about me on the Google Patent web site, Anthony M Smith, Merck). I have studied coal for some time now and it is the way to go. I heat a 7,500 sqft house for about 200/month using coal and sunlight. I am in the market for another Victory 700 stove. So that's a bit about me

Tony Smith
Stove/Furnace Make: Union Victory 700
Stove/Furnace Model: Victory 700

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:29 pm

Welcome to the forum Tony. Do you have any pictures of your home? It sounds like quite a place.
Rob R.
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Ak Cozy Coal

PostBy: AK Coal Man On: Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:43 pm

Hi I'm Rick Dilley owner of AK Cozy Coal in Alaska. I started this company to stop using wood-heat and supply Coal to anyone looking for a better heating alternative . In 2006 I purchased the only coal company working in the Mat-Valley and hauled my first load home. In 2007 I became a Hitzer mfg dealer in 2009 I became the Alaskan Romax dealer. Coal is not an easy business to run (I try to help my customers stay warm) This is a responsibility I take very seriously. So went a new dude wants to start selling coal in the valley buy cutting prices I let him run all the way to failure as they will surely do !
I believe that you get what you pay for, Over the years I've learned what it takes to keep the doors open and my customers warm and happy.
My Dad used to stay ( give them enough ROPE and they will hang themselves ) I don't call names or try to steal dealerships ! AK Cozy Coal is here for the long haul and we will give the Dudes all the rope we can! WE hope you all can see the light and come join the Cozy Coal Family 907-376-6765
Thanks Rick Dilley
AK Coal Man
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer and Romax