Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: PABurner On: Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:07 pm

Hello all,
I have a Vermont Castings Defiant II that has a catalytic converter in it and I want to try to convert it to coal. For a couple reasons, wood storage space, time to split and season, not to mention if I buy wood it goes for $200 a cord and with an annual usage of 3+ cords a year can be expensive.
I was younger and had more time when I bought the stove, which is a great wood burner. However time is now precious and with a good stove and a all fuel chimney I was considering converting to coal. I am a Pipefitter/Welder with a chemical company and have the ability to make pretty much anything out of Mild steel or Stainless steel. I have an outside air kit installed so combustion air is plentiful, and it will “auto dampen” along with the manual damper control. It has an ash pan and I have burned successfully for up to 15 days continuously between shut downs for cleanings.
Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you
PABurner
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings
Stove/Furnace Model: Defiante II yr 2003

Re: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:28 pm

Buy a 'coal' stove.
VC are cast iron, way too much trouble to do a conversion.
Only kits that VC made were for the old Vigilant wood burners.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
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Re: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: baldeagle On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:21 pm

PABurner --- Have to agree with Capecoaler - you would have to change everything below the fill door to burn coal; addition
of shaker grates, lengthening the sides. Look on this site for the Jotul thread, they/contributors stated that
used Jotuls are available very inexpensively? baldeagle
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Re: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:48 pm

Cut a series of slots in the bottom of the stove to act as a grate.

Cut short slots in the front of the stove just at grate level to admit a 1/8 thick poker to slice the grates to clear ash. Provide covers for them.

Line the grate area with fire brick.

Fabricate a 1/8 thick steel receptacle with door to hold an ash pan and bolt to bottom of stove with flanges bent on receptacle. Must be airtight.

re-configure thermostat to admit air to ash pan area.

Much easier to just buy a used coal stove, though it wont be as handsome.

Richard
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
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Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: maurizziot On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:02 pm

coal is just as exspensive as wood better heating
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure line Coal Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer rear vent

Re: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: SuperBeetle On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:14 pm

maurizziot wrote:coal is just as exspensive as wood better heating


Huh?
SuperBeetle
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Pea, Nut, & Stove Anthracite

Re: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:33 pm

PABurner wrote:I have a Vermont Castings Defiant II that has a catalytic converter in it and I want to try to convert it to coal. Any advice will be appreciated.


Sell it and buy a good coal burner.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: rockwood On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:45 pm

SuperBeetle wrote:
maurizziot wrote:coal is just as exspensive as wood better heating


Huh?

I think they meant if you are spending money on wood you would be better off spending it on coal.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Stokermatic coal furnace
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Baseburners & Antiques: Malleable/Monarch Range
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Re: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:56 pm

[quote="PABurner"]Hello all,
I have a Vermont Castings Defiant II that has a catalytic converter in it and I want to try to convert it to coal.

Take the time to do some reading on this site and you will see that even some stove manufacturs are not able to design and build a stove that burns coal realy well. Learning to burn coal is definately worth the time and effort, which can be fun, but only if you have a stove that has a chance of giving you that long and efficient burn you want. Sell your stove, or do as I did with my stove and install it in the garage. By reading here, you will get an idea of stoves that are popular and don't give thier owners much grief.

Tell us more about your situation, i.e. chimney material and height, how long you would like your stove to heat without tending, square footage you need to heat etc., and we can at least give you suggestions for stoves that will most likely meet your needs. :)
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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: Converting A VC Wood Stove to Coal

PostBy: Jeddbird On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:30 pm

I agree. Buy a coal stove to save lots of agravation.
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