I'm trying coal for the first time

I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:05 am

Trying coal in my wcb-24 hand-fired boiler for the first time ever, this morning. So far, so good. No explosions yet, Freddy. The entire bed is glowing, but for how long, who knows. In this cold weather I seem to be feeding the boiler too often to keep the house at 72º
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:19 pm

it's good stuff stoker mang
efm doesent give out 520 bonuses? :D
lincolnmania
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: efm af-150 1982
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: alaska kodiak stoker 1986
Hand Fed Coal Stove: warm morning 1980 kenmore

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:04 pm

Good going! Keep it happy & it'll keep you happy. :)
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:47 pm

Just checked after 6 hours; looks like a flame failure. I guess that's why they make automatic stokers. I see a pile of limestone-looking rocks inside. The other half of the bucket is pea, so I'll try that.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:38 pm

We knew you'd see the light sooner or later.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: stoker-man On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:01 pm

Pea coal seems to work alot nicer than chestnut. Maybe I'll try a ton.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: coal berner On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:05 pm

stoker-man wrote:Pea coal seems to work alot nicer than chestnut. Maybe I'll try a ton.

Who's coal are you burning that will make a big differents in any size you burn. In that boiler Nut or even Stove should
work better then Pea . But that will depend on who's coal your burning . If you want the good stuff take a ride up here I
will Take you to get it ;) Also it won't be any of the Co. That starts with a B R or a J :lol:
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: stoker-man On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:56 pm

I'm having problems because I don't want to take the 3 firebricks out that are laying over my grates for wood burning. So the fire burns in the spaces between the bricks. Since the majority of my burning is wood, I think I'll just use a shovel of coal to hold heat longer than I can with just wood and see how it works.

No coal from a company with a B ?? What about the beautiful hat I wear every day? With Santa Claus on it?
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: coal berner On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:10 pm

stoker-man wrote:I'm having problems because I don't want to take the 3 firebricks out that are laying over my grates for wood burning. So the fire burns in the spaces between the bricks. Since the majority of my burning is wood, I think I'll just use a shovel of coal to hold heat longer than I can with just wood and see how it works.

No coal from a company with a B ?? What about the beautiful hat I wear every day? With Santa Claus on it?

Well if you want to burn coal correctly you will have to keep the grates open so the air can come up threw the bottom of grates and threw the coal bed and fill the coal to the top of the fire bricks with coal you will get twice as much burn time
then wood and twice as much btu's build the coal bed first then throw the wood on top if you want to burn wood. As far as
the hat with Santa Claus on it . well if you like Paying that much for coal then by all means do so . But there is coal out
there that burns much hotter with less ash content and is 40 to 50 bucks cheaper by the ton ;) Nothing wrong with Santa
Claus coal Just to much a ton for what you get .
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: I'm trying coal for the first time

PostBy: mike On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:56 pm

What Per-Tell is wrong with J coal? I talk to the lab almost everyday and it's never more than 8% ash, usually it's 7%. The BTUs arent the highest I'll give you that but at 12,800-13,000 btu's per lb it's not bad either. It's all fresh mined coal, no banks. And the price is right at 143.00 a ton for buck.
mike
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Gentleman Janitor GJ5
Stove/Furnace Model: Reading utility stove