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