Daily Consumption & Stats

Re: Daily Consumption & Stats

PostBy: coalmeister On: Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:04 pm

Stove: Harmon VF3000 Boiler
Typical daily low & high temps over the last 5 days: 22f-35f
Square footage of home: 2300
Coal used: Summit Rice. Ash: A lot
How well insulated is your home from 1-5: 3.5
Temp of the room that the stove is in: Garage, it raise the temp 10 degrees there
Home temp: 70
Daily usage: 80lbs. Includes 100% DHW

Side note comparison : For the last 3 years I "heated" the house on a 40 pound bag of wood pellets per day average. (my wife would argue the house was warmed, not heated :lol: ) She likes the coal boiler! A single heat point seems to be about 50+% more effective than heating every nook and cranny with a boiler. The numbers on this survey tell the same story. But having every room in the house 70 degrees rather than the stove room 80 and the rest 60-65 is very, very nice. And no more hauling bags in every day.

Pellets minuses: Must be bagged and dry, I got tired of hauling bags. Only 75% the BTU's as coal per #. (So why does coal have so much more ash? :? ) Stove must be cleaned often. Availability can be a problem, but not if you buy in the summer.

Pellets pluses: Less than 1% ash, empty a little drawer once a week, a season's worth of ash would fit in two 5 gallon buckets easy. Renewable energy, and cleaner to burn than letting it rot in the woods. Lights very easily, can be used with full thermostat function.

Coal minuses: Can be dusty/dirty, and a lot of ash. Cannot be easily lit as needed. Not a lot of flame to "sit by". (wife's comment)

Coal pluses: Burns hot, more BTU's per #, can be bought and stored in bulk, and although it is not renewable there seems to be a lot of it, unless Algore has his way. In some places it is cheaper by the BTU, although pellets were on sale for $200 a bagged ton here this summer.
coalmeister
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska 140 Furnace -sold
Stove/Furnace Model: Harmon VF3000 -sold

Re: Daily Consumption & Stats

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:53 am

Pellets are almost all organic,, therefore they burn almost 100%. Coal is an underground product,, the organic, burnable stuff is mixed with sand, dirt, and other unburnable stuff in the ground,, this becomes the ash when coal is burnt.. The burnable organic stuff is highly concentrated, unlike the pellets.. but there is the ash to contend with..

Your pellet stove provided a fire to look at, but the radiant heat from the stove is a comfort factor, our bodies like radiant heat,, it feels good..

Don't forget to factor in your 100% DHW in your calculations,, if you use a lot of hot water, this could account for 30# of coal consumption per day.

Greg L

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LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Daily Consumption & Stats

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:07 am

Stove: Coalbrookdale Darby (handfired)
Typical daily low & high temps over the last 5 days: 17f-32f
Square footage of home: 1300
Coal used: Blaschak Nut Ash: 1 pan a day (normal)
How well insulated is your home from 1-5: 2.5
Temp of the room that the stove is in: 75 degrees
Home temp: 70
Daily usage: Last week (1st week in January :D) 55-60 lbs/day. Most we've burned in single days. Back on wood last night now that it is warmer.
Charlie Z
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Coalbrookdale
Stove/Furnace Model: Darby


Re: Daily Consumption & Stats

PostBy: coalmeister On: Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:49 am

LsFarm wrote:

Don't forget to factor in your 100% DHW in your calculations,, if you use a lot of hot water, this could account for 30# of coal consumption per day.

Greg L

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Some have stated they are using around 12 pounds a day for DWH in the summer which is pretty good. I have my boiler dialed in better this week, and along with the weather staying above freezing has dropped my coal usage substantially which is making me feel a lot better. :D The key for me seems to be, run the lowest boiler temperature I can which reduces losses between the boiler and the radiators. I also save because there is very little idle time and therefore very little potential for unburned coal. Now if I could adjust the stoker stroke automatically based on the outside temperature
coalmeister
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska 140 Furnace -sold
Stove/Furnace Model: Harmon VF3000 -sold

Re: Daily Consumption & Stats

PostBy: ablumny On: Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:51 am

Stove: Harman DVC-500 Stoker Stove
Typical daily low & high temps over the last 5 days: 30f
Square footage of home: 2000
Coal used: Rice
How well insulated is your home from 1-5: 3
Temp of the room that the stove is in: 76
Home temp: 72
Daily usage: ~40#
ablumny
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman dvc500
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Daily Consumption & Stats

PostBy: jmbabl81 On: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:42 am

Stove:1984 Brunco 150 furnace
Typical daily low & high temps over the last 5 days: -3 low 15 high
Square footage of home: 1800
Coal used: Blashcak Nut
How well insulated is your home from 1-5: 2
Temp of the room that the stove is in: basement 74
Home temp: 72
Daily usage: 80lbs. (2- 5gal. buckets)
jmbabl81
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Brunco
Stove/Furnace Model: 150

Re: Daily Consumption & Stats

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:53 pm

Stoves two Pocos and a DVC cranking this morning. -7f and a big wind chill to boot on a hill but warm as a bug in a rug as they say. 7000' Victorian leakbox - usage - err.... did anyone see that there was a coal mine for sale on Ebay. Usage, I shudder to think - but I will give a winter total with details of setup once this crap is over which had better be soon!
coalnewbie
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL AnthraKing 110K, Pocono110K,KStokr 90K, DVC
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93, Jotul 507
Baseburners & Antiques: Red Cross Invader 2
Coal Size/Type: Rice, Chestnut
Other Heating: Heating Oil CH, Toyotomi OM 22