My name is Justin Howell. I am a newer member here. I have used this forum for much advice by browsing for sometime now though. I used all the info to purchase myself a 520 Warm Morning coal stove several weeks ago. I have it installed now and am benefiting from it greatly burning the met coal we have around here. I was able to procure about 6 tons of bit coal in lump form and was trying to burn it in my Buck Stove with a coal grate. It didn't work well at all. And I was starting to wonder about all the rave of burning coal. but, being the tightwad I am I kept looking into it and found this place.
I had always burnt wood my whole life and loved the heat of a stove but am beginning to get older and contemplating the whole winter, spring, and summer pursuit to find and cut enough wood for the following year. So, I looked into this and decided coal was going to be it last spring. I also begin to work for the Mining and Reclamation department of the DEP and meet lots of guys doing the same. So with their guidance and this forum I was finally able to find the information needed to get the stove I needed. And needless to say it has been great! My house has never been this warm with such little work. My house is a double story, 2400 square foot abode. So, I knew I needed a bigger stove to heat it without tending it all day long like with the buck every three or four hours. I was burning 9-10 cords of wood a year, as it gets cold here and my stove has got to run hard to keep the house comfortable being downstairs. I was a slave to the whole process until two weeks ago.
Now, I tend the fire in the am when I get up, and in the pm when I go to bed. My heat pump has not been on the first time since installing that old 520 and the house has not been below 70 degrees. I have had a learning curve though as even with below zero temps the last two weeks being the norm, I've had to open the doors when the thermometer breaks 85 degrees inside. I'm getting it figured out though and the last week has bedtime temps in the mid to upper 70's and am temps in the mid to lower 70's. Perfect to come home to a warm house with no heat pump going 90 miles an hour!
I burn about 10 gallons of lump coal a day and love the convenience of the low tending and warm house. Best of all, I'm going to love the extremely low electric bills. So thanks to everyone. I read so much here and while only being a lurker, it helped me considerably. And plain and simple, if they make a stove today of the quality of these Warm Mornings, I don't know of them. I love this thing. God Bless