Outdoor Coal Bunker/ Indoor Coal Bin Questions

Outdoor Coal Bunker/ Indoor Coal Bin Questions

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:44 pm

I would like to use a coal fired stoker boiler in my basement. My indoor coal storage capacity is enough for one season but living far from the mines and breakers, it makes more economic sense for me to buy a larger load and store it. I could build an outdoor bunker then in the summer or fall I could move my seasonal needs indoors. Is there any problem with this plan that I can't foreseen? Does coal lose it's heating value over time with open storage?
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson Anthratube 130-M

PostBy: George-NJ On: Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:07 pm

I think you'll be fine with an outside bin, that's were mine is. Had I known for sure that I'd be here the following winter, I would've doubled up on the load I got in June.

PostBy: ktm rider On: Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:53 pm

Sounds like a good plan. I don't think the coal will lose its heating value. It has been sitting underground for a jillion years. A year on the surface shouldn't hurt it. :lol:
ktm rider
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS Multifuel
Stove/Furnace Model: CO 55 with oil backup