Hand Fired Coal Burning Stages

Hand Fired Coal Burning Stages

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:31 am

Running your hand fired stove/furnace can be thought of as having two different stages, requiring 2 different techniques:

Warm Weather Technique: (for me, normally all but mid December through early Feb)

(Lower stove temps needed as outside temps cool but not cold & chimney draw poor)

1. Stove temps low (120*-200*)
2. Real danger of running stove so cool you could lose your fire (recommend this http://www.smarthome.com/3219/Redi-Chek ... ter/p.aspx)
3.(Low coal consumption (for me around 20-30lbs/day)
4. Takes longer to shake down/reload due to waiting for fire to liven up with ash door open.
5. "Window-Stat" adjustments my be necessary :lol:



Cold Weather Technique: (for me, normally mid December through early Feb)
(Higher stove temps needed as outside temps cold & chimney draw good)

1. Stove temps higher (200*-350*)
2. Real danger of overfiring stove ( recommend http://www.smarthome.com/3219/Redi-Chek ... ter/p.aspx)
3. Higher coal consumption (for me 40-60lbs/day)
4. Faster shake down procedure as no need to wait or fire to live up & good draw on chimney
5. More need to wear eye protection & even a cap (high heat BAKES my bald head as I shake down the stove) :lol:
6. Humidifier necessary to keep house comfortable.
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Hand Fired Coal Burning Stages

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:43 pm

Hey Devil,
Sounds like I have been doing things about right with regulating my fire by the season. You are refering to temps with a magnetic thermomenter on the stove pipe, right? I went to the link you gave. Tell me, doesn't your meat tast sulphery when you smoke it in the Harmon? I will take your advice about the hat for cold weather grate shaking and for the same reason you wear one. toothy
grizzly2
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
Coal Size/Type: pea and nut/ anthracite
Other Heating: Jotul #3 wood stove in garage. Oil backup in house. Electric backup in house.

Re: Hand Fired Coal Burning Stages

PostBy: gambler On: Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:15 pm

Warm Weather Technique: Fill hopper and empty ash pan.


Cold Weather Technique: Fill hopper and empty ash pan.


Power outage Technique: Show up at Devils house. :lol:
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

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Re: Hand Fired Coal Burning Stages

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:02 pm

gambler wrote:Warm Weather Technique: Fill hopper and empty ash pan.


Cold Weather Technique: Fill hopper and empty ash pan.


Power outage Technique: Show up at Devils house. :lol:



That's why I'm thinking about a stoker!!!
DON
BIG BEAM
 
Stove/Furnace Make: USS Hot blast
Stove/Furnace Model: 1557M

Re: Hand Fired Coal Burning Stages

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:56 pm

grizzly2 wrote:You are refering to temps with a magnetic thermomenter on the stove pipe, right?


Yes...about 12" above the stove on the pipe. (where you place it really doesn't matter....Just mentioned 12" because that's about where mine is....lower=hotter ...Higher=cooler
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

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