Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Leadslingingdaddy On: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:21 am

Randy from the Frederick MD Area. Bought a house with an Alaska 140 Dual Stoker. Been figuring it out from reading a lurking here along wiht some helpful ACE Hardware guys out of PA.

I fired it up this weekend and really had no troubles with it as i had to clean it out since the previous owner never did....90% clogged.

400 degrees at the fire box and the house was toasty!

Look forward to the heating season and getting better versed at this 'Hobby"...
Leadslingingdaddy
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Dual Stoker 140
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: 140 Dual Feed

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: titleist1 On: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:47 am

Welcome to the forum Randy! Glad to see another MD burner!
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: equipmint On: Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:32 am

My name is Curt and I live in western Orange County NY Cuddebackville. I have a Harman vf3000 boiler heating a 2000sq ft bi level ranch, my original oil boiler now sits along side the harman idle most of the time unless I manually swing some ball valves and flip a toggle switch. Heating with coal has given me great piece of mind and pleasure. I particularly like the idea of having several years worth of coal on hand and to some degree controlling cost by buying in bulk and advance. My project this year is constructing a outdoor coal bin about 12 ft wide 22ft long I'm using pressure treated lumber for walls and using pole barn type construction. I'm behind in the project as it should've been complete and filled with 20plus tons of rice.

I would like to thank all the moderators and members who actively post and reply to others who have questions. Their are a good mix of characters on this forumn as we'll to keep humor in it all. Well in final enjoy the 2013/14 heating season.
equipmint
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman VF3000

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:50 pm

Welcome,Equipmint ! Sanity is optional here,and it's always a matter of perception ! You're just gonna love Freetown Fred :lol: Signed:That Scumbag Ohio Moderator :sick:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: DaveD On: Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:11 am

Hello All,

I am Dave from Southeast Michigan. I stumbled on this website by chance when researching alternatives to heating our home we just bought. It is currently on propane and the sellers indicated they use approximately 3500 gallons per year. At $1.72 delivered that is still a mighty hefty sum to pay for heat and hot water.
I never even considered coal as a heat source and was leaning towards an indoor wood boiler but was distressing about the mess the wood makes in and out of the house, plus I would have to buy my wood.
DaveD
 

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:14 am

Welcome Dave, Im sure you will be bombarded with a good wealth of information here soon.
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: franco b On: Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:16 pm

DaveD wrote:Hello All,

I am Dave from Southeast Michigan. I stumbled on this website by chance when researching alternatives to heating our home we just bought. It is currently on propane and the sellers indicated they use approximately 3500 gallons per year. At $1.72 delivered that is still a mighty hefty sum to pay for heat and hot water.
I never even considered coal as a heat source and was leaning towards an indoor wood boiler but was distressing about the mess the wood makes in and out of the house, plus I would have to buy my wood.


Need to know what coal is available in your area. Anthracite at $300 per ton would cost less than half.
franco b
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:20 am

Hi Dave,

Welcome to the forum. Being a big city, southern girl I would never have thought of using coal to heat my house in the DC suburbs if I hadn't stumbled across the idea when searching for alternatives. I brought the Harmon Mark II not knowing anything about coal except that I lived sort of close to the NEPA coal fields. Then I found this site and WOW what a blessing coal and the members have been! Keep reading and feel free to ask any questions that come to mind. As someone once said here, "the warmest people you'll ever know burn coal." Take care, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:51 am

Welcome both Randy and Dave, Randy it sounds like your ahead of the game already and Dave put those reading glasses on, get a pair for the significant other too because when she is happy you are happy :D
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Haywood721 On: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:11 pm

Hello there I am bran new to burning coal. I purchased a Harman magnum stoker. It is in my basement and my basement is about 1300 square feet wide open space. It is fully insulated and its a finished basement. Today was about 55 degrees out side and the highest temp I could get my basement was 75 degrees. I have aprox one inch burned ashe at the end of the burn tray before it falls in to the ash pan like specified, what setting should I have it set on to get the highest output temperature. Also I have the temperature set at 85 degrees on the coal stove which is located about 25 feet away. I just thought I could get more heat out of it especially when its so mild out right now. I just don't think im going to be happy with the heat in the dead of the winter in upstate ny. Im asking what setting should it be set on for optimal heat as in on and off timers and extended time? Please help!!!
Haywood721
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum stoker

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: 1recker On: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:51 pm

Hello from central NY. I have been lurking around for a bit and must thank everyone here for all the great info and insight. I have been heating with wood for year and years but finally put the order in for an AK110. Between talking to a coworker and everything I have been reading in this forum I am confident in the soon to be switch. This will be my first coal specific furnace, I have experimented with my HotBlast and coal over the years, so sorry in advance for newbie questions. I will do my best to try and search first. Again, thanks for the great forum.
1recker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure line
Stove/Furnace Model: AK110

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: greenftechn On: Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:04 pm

Hello to all:

My name is Mike Purnell and I am the CEO of Greenfield Technologies LLC and an employee at Alternate Heating Systems, Inc. Folks here may remember Alternate Heating Systems, Inc of Harrisonville, PA as having sold the company in 2009, with assets and product lines taken over by Alternate Heating Systems, LLC in Chambersburg, PA. Jeff and Phyllis Gingerich, the previous owners, have resumed operation of Alternate Heating Systems, Inc as well as ownership of the AHS boiler lines. On their behalf, and my own, I share excitement about the future. We are in the middle of our busy season with all the attendant challenges of this, plus being just 6 weeks into the transition of ownership. I will try to keep folks here updated. Exciting developments are in the works.

<www.alternateheatingsystems.com>

I want to say thank you to Brian Wise and the folks at AHS LLC for their stewardship of the product lines, and to wish them success as they narrow their focus on operating BWise Trailers.

<http://www.bwisetrailers.com/>
greenftechn
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alternate Heating Systems
Stove/Furnace Model: E100

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:15 pm

Mike, I welcome you! This is all great news for AHS and for AHS users. Jeff Gingerich graciously assisted me with multiple install and start-up questions (and this after he had sold the business no less), and I am glad to hear that he is back at the helm.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: dingmansblackrock On: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:02 pm

Pete from Dingmans Ferry here, no coal stove yet, but plan on purchasing one by next season. Becoming knowledgable through the the site, but have a few questions which I'll post in another forum. Anyone who lives nearby Dingmans, please introduce yourself, if you feel comfotable with me asking a few questions.

Thank you.
dingmansblackrock
 

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: dingmansblackrock On: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:02 pm

Pete from Dingmans Ferry here, no coal stove yet, but plan on purchasing one by next season. Becoming knowledgable through the the site, but have a few questions which I'll post in another forum. Anyone who lives nearby Dingmans, please introduce yourself, if you feel comfotable with me asking a few questions.

Thank you.
dingmansblackrock