duck wrote:We switched to stove coal about 8 years ago to burn in our Colebrookdale in the living room and the Warm Morning in the outside shed. At the time of the switch both chimneys were outside mount and in really cold weather lost a lot of draft. The stove size coal solved the problem and we have had nice fires since then. We also found a lot less fines came with the delivery of stove verses nut, didn't have as many hangups in the shaker grates either, fires lasted longer.
Cato wrote:Good info coalberner!
You are right of course - that the nut is slowing down the burn! I have never burned just all stove. Most of the time I burn all nut and like I mentioned on the colder days (nites) I will 'range'. Also you jogged my memory about 'damping the fire'. It brought back memories of visits to my grandparents home where they had a coal furnace and remember him using those terms when 'stoking' the furnace! I also remember running down the cellar stairs to watch the coal rumble down the chute into the coal bin. We use to spend the night sometimes and just before going to bed us kids would stand over the floor grate in the dining room (large one!) and our pajamas would billow out from the warm air flowing from the furnace!! Still fond memories of coal a furnace at the age of 66!!
Cato wrote:coal berner:
The kids nowadays have missed out on the 'iceman'; cobbler; milkman (remember the glass bottles and the cream pushing the top lid off in the cold !!) We had an icebox and the iceman came with a leather pad on his shoulder and a block on ice on top of that which he hung onto with a hook. My job was to empty the water pan under the ice-box. I also took out the 'klinker' from grandpa's furnace and dumped them in his driveway for traction in the winter! Not everything in the past was great but a large part of it was !! Thanks again for bringing back the memories!!
coal berner wrote:the witch that lived down the street