What a weekend!

What a weekend!

PostBy: NOPEC On: Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:34 am

With sub zero temps, I found tending the SF-260 to be a nearly full time job. I was burning 4 or 5 bags of nut anthracite a day! That really hurt the dwindling supply pile. I ended up firing up the wood stove for some supplemental heat and it finally got caught up. then i let the coal burn down and cleaned out a pan and a half of clinkers. it's definitely a different kind of hobby. anybody else find that coal consumption increases exponentially as outside temps decrease? i burn 2 bags a day if it's in the high teens through the low 40s. but if it gets to the single digits or below, it becomes a fight to keep it fed and the water up to temp.
NOPEC
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon SF-260 Boiler
Stove/Furnace Model: no-name Lowes woodburner

Re: What a weekend!

PostBy: the snowman On: Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:06 am

I have a Jotul 507 and burn 40 pounds per day. I heat 1060 Sq. Ft. with the Jotul. This last cold snap I had temps of -24 at night and 1 F for daytime high. My coal consumption increased to 50 pounds per day. I throttled up the stove from 550 F on the door to 850 F on the door. I have been consuming 50 pounds per day for the past two weeks. I only plan on a 40 pound per day consumption, so the extra ten pounds per day is eating into my reserve I have set aside just for these cold snaps. Hopefully we do not get anymore this winter. I do not get clinkers or such with this stove, so it will not be shut down until spring.

the snowman
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

Re: What a weekend!

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:53 pm

What is your house like? That's a lot of coal per day, but if you're heating a large old leaky place, maybe it's correct. Maybe you're losing heat up the chimney. Do you have a barometric damper?
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

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Re: What a weekend!

PostBy: baldeagle On: Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:32 pm

NO OPEC: We have a wellbuilt colonial (1936) with interior dimensions of 24' x 36' - full basement + 3 floors. Heat is a Hitzer 503 using about 40#/day with daytime temperatures in the30's. That goes to about 2 bags (80#)/day with daytime
temperatures in the mid-teens. During the cold snap last week we turned the thermostat up enough to bring on our NG boiler!
The original fireplace is in the center of the house - so the insert distributes the heat pretty well, With the twin fans to move the heat, the stoves surface temperature is about 300F burning 80#/day, air exiting the fan chambers will actually
get to 290-295F. Second floor is 68F when LR is 76F .. third floor 60F .. for sleeping only! I would guess we could burn
to 3 bags a day but don't mind the furnace cycling occasionally on very cold days. baldeagle
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 354
Stove/Furnace Model: Hitzer 503

Re: What a weekend!

PostBy: traderfjp On: Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:59 pm

Fred: What do u questimate thaty ou're buring per day?
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Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3

Re: What a weekend!

PostBy: NOPEC On: Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:59 pm

Well, my SF-260 is a hand fired boiler. I have a 150 year old farmhouse with blown in insulation in the roof and walls and modern multipane windows. Total of about 2200 sqft. stack temp, pre baro, runs about 300. Where I do lose heat is about half of the house is over crawlspace. The floors are insulated but if the floor is cold, the people are cold. for whatever reason, when it gets super cold, it takes a lot of coal to keep the water temp up. Once we lit the wood stove, we were fine. Now that I think about it, for the faster burning days, I should switch back to wood in the boiler too.
NOPEC
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon SF-260 Boiler
Stove/Furnace Model: no-name Lowes woodburner

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