Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Thu. Dec. 05, 2013 9:35 pm

FM43, I think if you get a good size coal stove,stoker or handfeed, you would be surprised at the difference of heat output from it compated to a pellet stove. Handfed fill it, fill it deep, and let it burn.... then 12>14 hours later, shake it down, and fill it good again. amount of heat will depend on under fire draft you set, and chimney dampner setting, baro or MPD. what you need for a stoker is power,electric, if you have no back up power(generator) stoker will eventually go out, handfeed will be better for when you do loose power, just keep the coal in stove and it will keep ya wrm.

fordman43 wrote:thanks Fred just trying to learn as much as I can about burning coal everyone here in maine burns wood or wood pellets ...
but I want to give coal a try ... looks like im going to have to go for a stoker because where I want to install it will have to be power vented ...
this forum has already been very helpful ...
I live in small town in n central maine work for a ford garage here house is 110 year old farm house apx 1850 sq. ft. 10 foot cielings ...
started burning pellets last yeargot a theilin 40,000 BTU stove burned 5 ton of pellets - dropped my oil consumption from 800 gallons to 130 gallons
but really not as warm as id like to be ... I think a good coal stove will fix that .
I want to try and pick up a used stoker if possible with coal troll any suggestions
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260 Boiler
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: fordman43 On: Thu. Dec. 05, 2013 11:52 pm

Thanks wilder11354 I've pretty much been convinced to go with a stoker, I do have a generator ...
I like the idea of hand fired but I have to povervnt the stove where I want to install it ... So I don't have much choice.

Looked at leisure line pioneer today

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: EPugs45 On: Fri. Dec. 06, 2013 8:33 pm

Hello everyone my name is Emily and just saying hi. We live in Meriden, CT and we just moved into this house in June so this is our first winter/heating season here. This was previously my father-in-laws house and he installed the coal stove in 2002, it is a Harman Mark II. The house has had a few additions and is pretty big don't remember exactly, but well over 2000 sq ft. We have a new propane stove in the most recent addition toward the rear of the house that is less than 2 years old and our coal stove is located in the front living room of the house in the fireplace. We also have a huge forced air oil furnace that sucks oil like no tomorrow I have put 200 gallons in since June and we only ran oil heat for a couple weeks in November, our water heater is also oil though.

We started up the coal stove about a week ago and we are learning the ins and outs of burning coal I guess the hardest part for us is leaving it alone! It does a great job and will heat the whole house without having to use oil at all so that is great. We replaced the gasket on the main door and the ash pan door this week because it fell off so I guess that's a good reason to get a new one. We have had a few issues we are noticing that the fire seems to go out on one side of the stove faster than the other and it seems to burn hot and fast. We know we can adjust the damper on the ash door, but I loaded it up last night around 10pm and it was going great and when I got to it at 7am almost all the coal was ash, especially on the right side of the stove. I tinkered with it a bit, but had to run to go to work, to my surprise I still had hot coal going when I got home around 1:30pm and was slowly able to nurse it back. It's now going great around 7:30pm, but we have a great big klinker stuck in the grate so I'm not sure if it will resolve itself or if we will loose the fire because we can't shake the ash.

The heat is amazing, I love not having to buy oil. We think we need to take the cap off the pipe that goes up the chimney to clean it, I'm not sure if there is a bunch of crud in there if it could be affecting our air flow, I'm not sure my father-in-law ever cleaned that out in the past 10 years. We are using the end of a couple tons of coal that was from last year and it's super dusty I've been blowing black snot whenever I scoop it!!! I'm not sure if it's just because it's the end of a pile or what. I will order more coal soon, debating whether to go bagged or bulk. I can get bulk for 285/ton not sure the delivery charge or bagged for 305 a ton or 366 a skid and that is a 45 or 65 delivery fee I can't remember. I'm not sure how that price compares to the rest of the world, but oil is 3.60 a gallon here today so I'd rather not pay THAT.

Love this forum, have learned a lot already look forward to learning more. Thanks for all the info :)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Nut Coal
Other Heating: Oil Furnace/Propane Stove

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: lsayre On: Fri. Dec. 06, 2013 8:54 pm

Welcome to the forum! Time for a respirator and a vacuum for some dust control. You don't want to be breathing in coal dust.
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: smokerdude On: Sat. Dec. 14, 2013 10:45 am

Hi everyone, Longtime lurker here, finally decided to join. My name's Brian and I've been heating a big old drafty house for the last 10 years and I never would have been able to afford it with oil. Started with a Keystoker stove and then went 100% coal heat with a D S furnace that takes care of the whole house so well that it's clothing optional here (maybe you wanna call first before you come over) :shock: Found this excellent forum and it's wealth of information that has helped me immensely. Looking forward to learning even more.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Alaska
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: DS Kozy King
Coal Size/Type: Nut and Rice

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: tsb On: Sat. Dec. 14, 2013 10:50 am

Welcome to the forum. Glad to hear your success with coal.
I pass through Allenwood a few times a summer on my way to
Cherry Springs State Park. Really nice area.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II
Baseburners & Antiques: Grander Golden Oak , Glenwood # 6
Coal Size/Type: All of them

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Vermonster On: Sun. Dec. 15, 2013 7:12 pm

My name is Jason and I am from southern vermont. I am a master electrition and have been in the trades for 25 years. Not many people around here burn coal so I am looking for all the info I can get. I have been looking into some way to make my house warmer without huge oil bills and cutting firewood. I looked into pellets and gas also. Coal looks like the way to go I just need to learn some more about it. The house I share with my wife is a 2 story old house about 1800 square feet. I'm glad to be here this place is full of good solid information.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 713 Rest in peace! Chubby Coal Stove
Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut coal
Other Heating: oil boiler

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Pacowy On: Sun. Dec. 15, 2013 7:53 pm

Welcome to the forum, Jason. I lived in Stamford, VT for most of the 1990's. I'm in western MA now. Would be happy to show you my coal equipment if your travels bring you this way.

Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Colaman On: Thu. Jan. 02, 2014 11:39 pm

Hi I am Bob, I have been trying to soak up/digest the info here for a few years. Thought I better get a post in or I might get lost in the great purge again. I should be close to the greatest distance from the anthracite fields as I am in Northwest Arkansas.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 254
Baseburners & Antiques: Magee Crown 110
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri. Jan. 03, 2014 10:42 pm

Hi Bob, welcome to the forum! Are you burning anthracite or bituminous down there??
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: Colaman On: Fri. Jan. 03, 2014 11:44 pm

Phoenix coal is only about an hour away so I tried the Bit route, it kept me warm the first winter but I switched to Ant 3 years ago. Much easier to control in my stove...or it could have just been my lack of experience.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 254
Baseburners & Antiques: Magee Crown 110
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: tphill24 On: Sat. Jan. 04, 2014 9:58 am

Hi everyone! We own a Yukon Eagle furnace which has been great for burning wood. We just recently switched to anthracite coal and have been having a hard time keeping the house warm. I'm glad I stumbled onto this site and have been busy learning as much as I can about it.
Coal Size/Type: nut/anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat. Jan. 04, 2014 10:22 am

Welcome tphill....
If you have any specific questions to get it burning well start up a thread. there is plenty of experience here to pull info from. A description and pics of your set up along with stove temps and draft readings is helpful info to include.
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: HeatTech On: Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 6:52 pm

Hey guys!

Just wanted to say hi and read some of the great threads. :D

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: D-frost On: Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 7:22 pm

I have been burning anthracite in a Yukon Eagle I for 5 years. Needless to say, I found this forum about 3 months ago. About 4 years late! I have a 1970's Jotul #118 wood burner that we use for power outages. Well, I have purchased a 'Chubby' with a blower to replace the Jotul.

tphill24- I'm in southern N.H. My Yukon coal burning learning curve was a trip I will not forget. If you want help, ask, and you shall receive .

This forum is a great bunch of people with a 'wealth of knowledge'.

Thank You all
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon Eagle I (multi-fuel oil, wood/coal)
Baseburners & Antiques: Herald 'fireside oak'
Coal Size/Type: nut/Reading anthracite, stove/Blaschak
Other Heating: Jotul #118 wood burner