Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: hank2 On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:14 am

Hello all. My name is Clair ( old school Pa. man's name). Have lurked here for about a year and learned much. This is a great set of forums.
Live in Berks County, Pa. Sort of SE Pa., but not far from NE Pa. Just me and the Mrs., step kids out of the house for a few years.

I was away from coal for a few years in the mid 2000's, but heated two different homes with stoker boilers from late 70's to about 2001.
I remember paying about $ 44 a ton for delivered rice in the late 70's. It was a lot less at a mine. Price was about $115 per ton when I switched to oil heat in 2001. Buck a gallon fuel oil was as cheap as coal for heat.

After getting married ( again) in 2005 I moved to my wife's home with new oil boiler. We all know what happened to fuel oil prices. Had an ancient 1880's small cannon stove that my dad and I dug out of a collapsed cabin in the 60's. Hooked that up and used it now and then for a few years. Glowed cherry red if I left it get too much air, but put out a lot of heat with a lot of maintenance. Next was a Warm Morning model 500 I hooked up in 2011 and used nearly non stop last winter. Put out some serious heat, but ate a lot of coal. No bi-metal control on that model. Bought a barely used DS Machine 1400 circulator a few months ago for not a lot less than a new one one would have cost. Learning the ropes on that one, but it is stingy with the coal and has been running for over two weeks. Saved us during a 6 day power outage from Sandy. Got to get some sort of coal bin built next year. Have been buying bagged Blaskak picked up at a hardware store at $300 a ton. Was $ 230 a ton a few years ago.
Thanks to all of the moderators, sponsors and posters for this fine site. Hope we all survive the growing war on coal.
hank2 ( Clair)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1400 WH ciculator; 1880's small cannon in reserve
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: small New Yorker oil fired boiler; mostly used for domestic HW

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Short Bus On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:28 am

I hope both of you feel welcome, this is definatly the place for information about burning coal.
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: rebjr615 On: Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:34 am

Hi, my name is Kip and I am as new to burning coal as you can get. I am a retired police officer who now owns a Dog and Cat Boarding and Grooming business in a 3500 sq ft buiilding. I bought a Gold Marc Independence model manufactured right here in Monticello,NY back in the late 70's early 80's to heat some of the building. I am a lifelong wood burner but needed longer burn times for my business. Gotta keep the dogs and cats nice and warm. See you on the forum.
Stove/Furnace Make: Gold Marc
Stove/Furnace Model: Independence

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:58 am

welcome remember the only dumb question is the one u dont ask
buffalo bob
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 354
Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:58 am


WELCOME!! Don't be shy if you have questions. The people on this forum are the best and are always willing to help.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: ondarunn On: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:02 pm

Hi,my name is Steve,from Poughkeepsie New York.I have been burning coal over 25 years.I have a DeDedric CF 120,6 section cast iron hand fired boiler.Alas during this years first fire the rear section cracked.I joined this forum to assist in my search for a new boiler. I still want a hand fired boiler and would like it made in the U.S.A.
Stove/Furnace Make: DeDietrich CF 120 , Harman P68

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:06 pm

Hi Steve, welcome to the forum. EFM makes a nice hand fed boiler, and it is made right in PA. ... model-af-2
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: lsayre On: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:10 pm

DS Machine and Harman both make hand fired (fed) boilers in the USA.
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: georgedj On: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:04 pm

Hello everyone my name is George and I work for Habitat for Humanity and I bought a home in Byram, NJ that is 2500 sqft all electric but it came with a Statford SC100 coal stove that i just started using last week so far im happy with the heat it produces
My next project is to make a coal bin and cut a coal chute in the foundation

and this forum has so helpful with this newbie
Stove/Furnace Make: Stratford
Stove/Furnace Model: SC100

Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Kedonley On: Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:01 am

I am Keith and I live in Richmond Virginia currently between jobs. Originally from Montegomery County PA. Some experience with wood stoves. Don't like Heat Pump heat very much because you never feel warm. I picked up the little parlor stove to the right this weekend and would love some help understanding 1) how it works, 2) is it safe?.

Also would like to meet other coal heaters in the Richmond area.
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: NO18 Cottage Maid 147

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: baddawg On: Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:13 am

Welcome folks.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:14 am


Welcome to the forum!

Toss up some pics of the stove and the insides as well and I am sure the good people on this forum can help you out. The wealth of knowledge on this site is mind bending. We love seeing pictures and helping people burn coal.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Kedonley On: Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:28 am

Onedollar, thanks for the welcome. I would love to post some picks and get advice, but I don't know where to post them. Hand Fired Coal Stoves looks like the right place, but should it be a new topic according to the board rules?
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: NO18 Cottage Maid 147

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:46 am


Wander on over to the Hand Fired section and start a new post if you feel like it!
Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Northern Maine On: Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:29 pm

I live in Easton, Maine County of Aroostook. I am 42yo and served 6 years in the Navy, got out and earned a bachelors degree before going to work in federal law enforcement. I am a single father of two young teen boys and we enjoy hunting, fishing, atv rides, snowmobiling, etc. My first experience with coal was in the mid 90's and really enjoyed the heat that it provided. When I built my second home in 2005, my spouse at the time, did not want coal or wood in the house. So, I installed an outdoor wood boiler that heats 3 of the 4 homes here on the family "compound". Needless to say, I want to burn coal! And will come hell or high water! I have not been a member of this site for very long, but am very impressed with the wide variety of knowledge that is spread around by all of you experienced folks!
Northern Maine
Stove/Furnace Make: CENTRAL Boiler CL-5648
Stove/Furnace Model: CL-5648