Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: dingmansblackrock On: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:03 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: nortcan On: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:24 pm

Hi Pete and welcome to the forum.
Sorry but I don't even know in what State you are :)
Before I got my first anth stove, I read this forum for years and it's the best place to find all you can ask/need about coal .......and one day be a coal follower.
Try it and you will never go back.
nortcan
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Stuart,Peterson/ Grander
Stove/Furnace Model: Sunnyside/ Golden Bride

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: dingmansblackrock On: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:29 pm

Dingmans Ferry PA, tri state area of PA,NJ, and NY.
dingmansblackrock
 

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: timandkellyplus10 On: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:42 pm

Hi! My name is Tim and I'm from Tower City, Pa. I am married with 9 kids and expecting number 10. I discovered this forum a few days ago, and I am impressed by the wealth of knowledge and information that you guys have here. I learned a lot just from spending few hours reading different topics. Born in 1973, my parents were burning coal early on in my life. I remember filling the hopper and emptying the ashes on that EFM stoker/boiler. My dad converted to oil in the '80s--I guess because it was or became cheap and didn't have mess with the coal and everything that goes with it. I married in 1993 and moved into an oil burning house and continued the oil habit at .67 cents per gallon--wasn't bad. Here we are today--heating oil is 3.?? per gallon and I became sick and tired of the high prices and being at the mercy of big oil. I purchased and installed an Alaska Kast Console II stoker on December 21, 2012. We can finally afford to be warm again! My goal for this upcoming heating season is to continue to learn more about the burning of coal and maximizing the efficiency and benefits my coal stoker has to offer in relation to my specific home and installation. Something tells me this might be the right place to do that! Thanks again to those that made this great resource what it is. Absolutely impressive!
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast Console III
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Fujitsu mini-split ductless heat pump

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:58 pm

Tim, welcome to Nepacrossroads. 10 kids? I am surprised you didn't reunite with an EFM to handle all those baths & showers. 8-)

How does the Alaska do heating your home? Looks like it is in the basement.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: timandkellyplus10 On: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:02 pm

Rob, thanks for the welcome. Yes, would love to be using that EFM now! Actually, we are using an electric heat pump water heater for our dhw, which was installed before I got the Alaska. Our original intention was to install a geo-thermal heating/cooling system, as my father-in-law does the drilling for these systems. We have no existing ductwork, so the initial investment still would have been 25k, and we could not justify the investment, not knowing how long we will live here. To answer how well the Alaska heated the home last heating season?--I would say just ok. Here's what happened. The coal stoker was basically an impulse purchase. There was not much prior research except that I knew guys I worked with who had Alaska Stoves and liked them. Nothing against Alaska, I just wished I had found this forum and spent some more time reading before I purchased. It was December, it was cold, and I was desperate. I may have needed a higher btu stove. Mine is 85k. In the dead of last winter, I ran my stove maximum burn and was easily achieving 80* in the basement, but struggled to maintain 68* on first floor, and 60* on 2nd floor. I ripped through 5.5 tons of coal from Dec 21 to approx. mid April. I have a fairly large 2000 sq ft (not counting basement or walk up attic) 2 story home built in 1925 with no insulation except the attic and 20 year old crappy vinyl replacement windows. I have the distribution air ducted to two registers on first floor and 2 other gravity registers on first floor. Also have an open basement stairway and open stairway to 2nd floor. I quickly realized that our house needed some serious insulation and sealing. We spent the spring and summer doing major upgrades in this area. We had all exterior walls injected with spray foam insulation as well as more insulation added to the attic. We did have deteriorating asbestos siding and installed new vinyl siding with insulating radiant barrier house wrap. We also did triple pane, low E, gas filled replacement windows on first floor. We also needed some a/c upstairs over the summer, so we installed a Fujitsu mini split ductless heat pump which heats and cools the 2nd floor. This system cooled the whole 2nd floor and is now heating the 2nd floor with little effect on our electric bill--a truly amazing system that we are happy with so far. I fired up the Alaska a week ago, and have it anywhere from an idle to minimum burn with the basement at 68* and first floor easily at 72* We think we feel a major difference, but too early to tell. We are getting cold nights, but the days are fairly warm yet. Can't wait to see what happens when the real cold sets in. In the mean time, I plan to soak up as much as I can and maximize the efficiency of my setup by reading this forum. Thanks again Rob!
timandkellyplus10
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast Console III
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Fujitsu mini-split ductless heat pump

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:05 pm

Welcome to the FORUM t&k--holy crap, 9 kids--what???? you're Amish???? :clap: toothy Again, welcome my friend. Lots of knowledge & experience here. Ya got questions, ask away:)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: timandkellyplus10 On: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:37 pm

Haha. No Fred, we are not Amish. Crazy maybe, but not Amish. Thanks for the welcome! I do have questions, but I read that we shouldn't ask them here. I am new to this site and haven't figured out how to search topics directly on this site. I've been googling topics and always get directed to this forum and the relevant page, but I'd like to first learn how to search a particular topic right here. My first question will be in regards to cold air returns and whether or not that is even possible with my stove, as far as running a dryer flex tube from distribution blower to somewhere upstairs. Thanks again.
timandkellyplus10
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast Console III
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Fujitsu mini-split ductless heat pump

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:45 am

Tim, top right corner here--SEARCH box--type in what you're curious about & hit search ;)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:56 pm

Tim&Kelly.....welcome to the forum.....10 kids!!! :shock: wow you two need a hobby ...... well maybe a different hobby ! ;)
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: Sunny Boy On: Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:01 pm

Hi all.

Another coal burner in central NY. I grew up with a coal cabinet stove to heat the garage, then had a small pot belly stove in my first house when the oil prices jumped in the 1970's.

My girlfriend grew up with coal stoves also - a parlor stove, and she learned to cook on a R & S Acorn kitchen range. She bought me a Glenwood Sunny 208 and I got "re-hooked" on coal. Love it !!! September to May we do all the cooking, baking and clothes drying with "Beulah".

Now, trying to restore a Glenwood 118 Modern. Next project may be the Anthracite Industrial shovel-a-day hot water heater that was in the basement when I bought this house.

Paul
Sunny Boy
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
Other Heating: Oil &electric plenum furnace

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:04 pm

Welcome to the FORUM SB. Can't say I ever heard of the town of Central, but I guess it's around here somewhere?????????????? :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:06 pm

Welcome Paul! Good luck with the water heater install. Please post some pictures, we all enjoy classic stoves around here.
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:02 am

Thanks guys,

Fred,
:D "Central" is hiding in plain sight ! One of the best places and best kept secrets in NYS !!!!! :D

Anthony, yes, pictures, . . I've got lots of 'em. Now, just as soon as someone schools me how to post them. . . :|

Paul
Sunny Boy
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
Other Heating: Oil &electric plenum furnace

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: StokerDon On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:42 am

Hi there everyone!

Let me introduce myself; my name is Don and I have been reading this board for many years now. Thanks to this forum I have gone from burning wood, to trying to burn coal in my wood stove, through the coal stove phase, into the hand fired furnace phase, then the stoker stove phase and now the stoker furnace phase (hot air).
I have just installed an Alaska 140 dual feeder in my basement and it is working great! On days when it's 60 deg it idels along and the house and the basement are not 85 to 90 deg like when I run the Harman SF3500, only 68 to 72 deg.
Thanks to this forum I am heading into the last stage of stoker madness, stoker boiler hunting! but that will have to wait until next heating season.

Happy coal season!

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood