Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Koko On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:15 pm

Hello all you coal burners, what a great info site this is. I live in the Mid Hudson Valley of NY and just 4 miles from the coal yard - lucky. I have been burning coal since I was born ! Actually my father purchased an Iron Fireman coal stoker steam boiler at the 1939 World Fair in NY. It ran every day until 1965. My dad was getting older and lugging buckets of coal, & the self contained ash bin was getting tough. So we retire the Iron Fireman and install a new high efficient natural gas furnace - Mom & Dad were sad to see the coal go. I can still remember every kid on the street coming to see the "Coalman" barrel the rice coal into the cellar - no one else had coal in the later 50's & 60's where we lived. I purchased an old house, built in 1889 & in the basement was the largest boiler I had ever seen - five sections of cast iron five foot in diameter and 15" high stacked one on top of the other and filled with water, a lot of water. It was an old hand fire coal boiler, converted to oil. It was like trying to boil 10 quarts of water with a candle. The interesting part was some of the old coal parts were still there - four 1 1/2 volt batteries wired in series go to a thermostat upstairs. When the stat called for heat the batteries powered a small motor, as the motor turned it pulled a chain up lifting a small damper door on the ash lower door - thus the coal heated up and the water heated and thermal convected to the radiators - no electricity - great system - just needed to replace those batteries. But did it burn oil, so I replaced it with a new oil boiler - looking back now " what a
mistake". Anyway, it great to be part of this forum of coal burners - never give up your coal, it's the best heat ever and will always be reasonably price compared to oil, gas, wood & even solar ! !
Koko
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Morso
Other Heating: Oil

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:21 am

Welcome to the FORUM Koko--sounds like quite the old unit:)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Koko On: Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:19 am

Thanks Fred,
But I must say that coal has come a long way since then. Many of the new stokers and hand fired stoves are really clean, easy to burn, and some much more efficient. Thanks Kevin.
Koko
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Morso
Other Heating: Oil

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: DePippo79 On: Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:39 pm

Koko, welcome. Thanks for sharing your personal experience. Love to hear how things use to be. Take care. Matt
DePippo79
 
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Oak 40, Stanley Argand No. 30, Glenwood Modern Oak 114, Stanley Argand No. 20 missing parts.
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite. Stove and nut size.
Other Heating: Oil hot water.

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: jhenryw49 On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:09 am

ok from Massachusetts, family, just new grandson. retired mechanic, now reinventing myself as a glass artist running my own business etching wine bottles for any occasion. bought a Nightingale stove 35+ years ago and never had a bad day with it. I was taught how to use it by a good man, who used to take care of the coal furnace that heated the garage where we worked. told me how to start it bank it, put it to sleep at night and wake it up in the morning thanks Joe. I use nut coal 50lb bags and I carry them to the second floor good exercise.
jhenryw49
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Nightingale
Coal Size/Type: Nut sometimes pea
Other Heating: gas

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:23 am

Welcome to the FORUM jh. WHAT??, just 1 bag at a time?? :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

On the fence

PostBy: bobdog2o02 On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:48 pm

Hey everyone,

I live in lancaster and i currently heat my home with wood. I bought a cheap tractor supply US Stove unit three years ago. In this time the stove has pretty much worn out. I joined up here to learn more about burning coal and to get some advice on stoves......

Thanks - bobdog
bobdog2o02
 
Other Heating: Wood Stove - US stove Magnolia

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:09 pm

Welcome bobdog, what is your plan for the rest of the heating season? If you are waiting for the off season there is a ton of reading you can catch up on, and a lot of stoves to consider. Hand fed, stoker type, boiler, antique etc. Mike.
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: michaelanthony On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:15 pm

Welcome to the FORUM jh What?? just a bottle at a time. :wine: :dancing:
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: bobdog2o02 On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:27 pm

michaelanthony wrote:Welcome bobdog, what is your plan for the rest of the heating season? If you are waiting for the off season there is a ton of reading you can catch up on, and a lot of stoves to consider. Hand fed, stoker type, boiler, antique etc. Mike.


I have an oil forced air furnace that is taking up the slack for the next 2-3 weeks till the weather breaks.
bobdog2o02
 
Other Heating: Wood Stove - US stove Magnolia

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: hotblast1357 On: Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:20 pm

Hey guys, wow what a great forum, bought a us stove hot blast 1357m in early January and started burning wood, about 3 weeks in switched to coal to try it for the first time, am only 23 and have never been around coal before, thanks to this site I am heating my 1900square foot house including basement with 50 lbs a day, live in Plattsburgh ny, which is UPSTATE! only 30 minutes from Canada, its been a very cold winter and have been keeping the house 70-75 which keeps the misses very happy! Can't believe how easy coal is! I have found a lot of people don't like the hot blast but I must say, best thing I've ever purchased!
hotblast1357
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: hot blast 1357M
Baseburners & Antiques: coral andes 213 baseburner
Coal Size/Type: anthracite stove/nut/pea
Other Heating: oil furnace

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: titleist1 On: Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:13 pm

welcome hb1357! As you found out you can make the hot blast's burn coal, it may take a tweak or two but it can be done and it certainly is less mess and work than wood!
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: michaelanthony On: Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:20 am

Hi hb1537, welcome to the best forum in the world for us coal burners and other things! You are in a small band of brothers with that heating machine of yours, great news! Mike.
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: Rob R. On: Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:51 am

hotblast1357 wrote:Hey guys, wow what a great forum, bought a us stove hot blast 1357m in early January and started burning wood, about 3 weeks in switched to coal to try it for the first time, am only 23 and have never been around coal before, thanks to this site I am heating my 1900square foot house including basement with 50 lbs a day, live in Plattsburgh ny, which is UPSTATE! only 30 minutes from Canada, its been a very cold winter and have been keeping the house 70-75 which keeps the misses very happy! Can't believe how easy coal is! I have found a lot of people don't like the hot blast but I must say, best thing I've ever purchased!


Nice to see another coal burner from Northern NY.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: hotblast1357 On: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:31 am

Ya have not found to many people around here burning it still, get a lot of crazy looks of coarse, I actually just did a big change to my fire box Saturday, stood my brick up straight which cut my box nearly in half, so far u believe in getting a more efficient burn and hopefully will cut consumption down to 30-40lbs a day, will try to post pics
hotblast1357
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: hot blast 1357M
Baseburners & Antiques: coral andes 213 baseburner
Coal Size/Type: anthracite stove/nut/pea
Other Heating: oil furnace