Old Coal Furnaces

Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: johnstar On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:39 pm

I haven't done any searching yet, but I was wondering, How did the old Coal furnaces of the past hundred years heat an entire home? Did they run duct work through the home back then or was the furnace centered in the basement and the heat would seep up throughout the house??
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: bear creek burnout On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:44 pm

As I remember it from the 50s the homes were built with a large center grate....maybe 3'x3'...positioned right over the furnace. Some are still in use today. Most had a coal/gas combo stove in the kitchen also.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: Devil505 On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:48 pm

johnstar wrote:I haven't done any searching yet, but I was wondering, How did the old Coal furnaces of the past hundred years heat an entire home? D


I think most central coal heater units back then were probably boilers & hot water or steam was circulated to radiators throughout the house.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:51 pm

WNY's vintage 1880's ? house has a furnace with a central hot air plenum with a large floor grate in the center of the main level floor.. his house does have cold air returns.. I can't remember where they draw from.

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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: billw On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:52 pm

Our first house had an old cast iron furnace in the basement. There was a large grate in the middle of the first floor that let the heat up. The second floor was nippy, at best. Just natural air circulation for heat on the second floor. We tore that thing out right after we moved in.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: bear creek burnout On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:00 pm

Bill.....we had many of those center grate homes in the Wyoming Valley.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: billw On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:09 pm

Yeah we did.
I didn't want to use it so we busted it up and scrapped it. The house was just a standard run of the mill house in Wilkes-Barre but it had all stained chestnut molding and built in book cases that I tore out and scrapped. I even smashed up the claw foot tub. Replaced it all with clamshell molding and a piece O *censored* fiberglass tub. What a dam fool I was at the age of 25. I wish I held onto that stuff.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: gambler On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:14 pm

We must have had a high end luxury model because ours had a blower on it and a couple of ducts to various rooms in the house. I dont think it had any return ducts but had a large opening on the first floor in the center of the house to allow cold air to return to the basement. I can remember my father throwing dead rats that he had caught in the traps into the coal fire. We moved to a new (to us) house in the spring of 1967 and it too had a coal furnace. The first thing my father did was tear it out and replace it with a gas furnace. Then the next thing on his list was to put in a modern bathroom and do away with the out house.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: bear creek burnout On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:18 pm

I can remember my father throwing dead rats that he had caught in the traps into the coal fire.

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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: billw On: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:25 pm

There was a mine air shaft about two blocks from my house. I remember those dam mine rats were as big as cats.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: Linc On: Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:46 am

My house had an old Montgomery Ward (octopus) furnace.Coal converted to oil. All the ducting was gravity heat (no blower) and the cold air return was nothing more than a few registers that were open to the basement.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:57 am

every house on the block where my parents live had a hand fed forced air furnace........i dont think there is one left out of about 25 homes......my grandparents took the coal furnace out of their house in the late 50's and my dad put in an oil burner in his house in 1971.......there was one person with the coal furnace, but when he passed away the new owners put in an oil furnace
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: bear creek burnout On: Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:57 am

Linc....I'll bet some of them are researching alternate sources of heat...ie coal stoves, furnaces, boilers etc.....and may have found this forum like we all did.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:44 pm

my grandparents had one of those big central cast iron grates.It was gravity(hot through the middle and cold return anound the edges).I still remember her standing over it with her housedress puffing out.
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Re: Old Coal Furnaces

PostBy: rockwood On: Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:57 pm

The really old homes had multiple stoves and fireplaces using a central flue or separate chimneys.

My uncle lived in a large old home that had three fireplaces and a cookstove in the kitchen. My grandparents home had three separate chimneys with a stove connected to each one.
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