Estimated yearly savings by using coal

Re: Estimated yearly savings by using coal

PostBy: FireFuzz On: Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:47 pm

I started burning coal on February 13, 2014, moving away from kerosene.

I have saved approximately $301.97 from then until today, March 22, 2014 (38 days). (yes. I'm a spreadsheet nut)

Had I been smart enough and fortunate enough to find my stove at the start of this heating season, I would have saved $1,353.56 this season.

Makes me happy and sad. I'm saving from here. All hail coal!!!
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading Lehigh
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Estimated yearly savings by using coal

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:11 pm

This heating season, for the two really cold months of January and February alone I've estimated our savings over electricity provided heat and hot water at $940. Two more "normal" heating seasons of paying for the boiler and its install through savings vs. electricity and then we will be saving money to the tune of at least $1,500 per year. But 1.5 more seasons like the current cold one should do it.
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: Estimated yearly savings by using coal

PostBy: hcarlow On: Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:00 pm

My boiler and installation will be paid for at the end of next winter ,which will be year 3 . I saved a little over $1500 and had I'd been smarter I would have saved more this year as I shut down a month to early . This projection is based on current oil costs for next winter .
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL 110

Re: Estimated yearly savings by using coal

PostBy: unhippy On: Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:31 am

I've never heated my house with anything but coal....i bought the house dec 2012 (middle of our summer down here) that first winter i heated with the open fireplace and the coalrange(cookstove)....i was averaged about about a ton a month for the winter....$102 ton pick up at the mine.

i built my stoker stove in time for this winter thats just finishing....i have used 2 1/4 ton of coal so far from the same mine and the house is alot warmer than last year...cheaper coal too due to being a smaller size that not many people want,...$86 ton pick up

With the coalrange heating DHW as power bill dropped from $180+ to $80 as soon as i turned off the hot water cylinder.

the only other heating that the house has is a heatpump split $0.31 per kw/h i don't even want to know what that would cost to run now

i have a couple of power bills from the previous owners.....july 2011 (mid winter) cost them $416.57 :shock: .....and power prices have jumped about 35% since then after the damn government sold ALL the power co's to foriegn owners(mainly US and Chinese investment funds :mad: ...but thats a rant for another forum)...for less than the cost to build the infarstructure :sick:

I figure that coal has saved me about $1400 this winter on heating alone after buying the coal heated DHW saves me about $80 a month once i cover the cost of the coal for the whole year

Stove/Furnace Make: Homemade
Stove/Furnace Model: MK1

Re: Estimated yearly savings by using coal

PostBy: tjfslaughter On: Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:52 am

I don't think I will ever know the answer to this question ever here is my scenario:

1. Last winter was our first winter in the house, only the second floor was heated for the most part (the downstairs was under renovations). We kept the upstairs at 55 during the day, 62 when home and 58 at night, a little warmer when we had guest. Wife was not a happy camper :shock: :mad: , we had a bed warmer that helped out. :idea:
2. We kept the first floor at 50 just to keep the pipes from freezing
3. Used $1200 in Natural gas from Nov-March (5 months lets say) with these conservative thermostat numbers

In March I had the idea to get a coal burner to reduce some cost (Wife agreed).

Now the downstairs is completed (still have a 50 year old forced hot air unit), and a 96% unit upstairs.

I estimate that if I kept the house to normal temps 70-72 that $1200 number would be at least triple based on my friends comparable house numbers, because I now have to heat both floors. So if I am conservative and use the $3600 comparable number we will cut that in a third using our Vermont Castings stove while having a comfortable house and happy wife :D . Please provide your thoughts.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vermont Castings Vigilant
Other Heating: Carrier belt driven FHA NG 1st floor, Goodman 96% FHA second floor