Introduce Yourself

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:37 am

North Candlewood wrote:Hello Everyone
First off let me Thank Richard for helping me solve my problem getting registered.


Welcome to the forum and glad you got registered, I suspect there many people that failed to register though. :( It was a bug in the software that was particular to my install. I almost had to resort to sending a video to convince the developers as none of them would believe me.

http://www.phpbb.com/bugs/phpbb3/ticket ... t_id=16174

http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopi ... 6&t=612209
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself/My coal journey....

PostBy: jetswim On: Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:08 pm

Hello: I'm here from Ontario, Canada.
My wife and i bought this, our first, house in 2003 and it came with a combination Oil/Wood/Coal Furnace installed in 1980.
Also, being an old farm house, it has a cistern that has been filled to the brim with coal.
I couldn't find any info at the time about how to burn it so I began my research and found out that the coal we have is indeed Anthracite and that coal fires can be fickle!
The first winter we used the oil burner side. By the next winter oil prices increased by 30% so I decided to burn the wood which was also stacked in the basement and on top of the coal pile. By the 05/06 heating season most of the wood was gone so I proceeded to try the coal. It probably took me most of the winter to figure out how to get the stuff to burn consistently and I haven't mastered it by any means but that being said we've been enjoying a nice coal fire for the past 4 days non-stop. It still goes out sometimes which i believe was my rigorous shaking. I've also ran into the 'Too much draft issue' and the whole bed would be blazing and the house is almost 85 degrees! It still is a learning process but browsing this forum is really helpful and am so glad to have found it!
Most people around here have had coal stoves but not furnaces (big difference?) and the old-timers have helped me out too.
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jetswim
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Olsen Duo-matic Forced Air
Stove/Furnace Model: Combination Wood/Coal/Oil

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Cohiba8250 On: Sun Dec 16, 2007 5:03 pm

Hello everyone. My name is Ed I currently live in Richmond, VA but I am building a home this summer and finally get to return home to the mountains of Northern Wayne County in Pennsylvania. I have decided to heat my new home with coal instead of wood as well lets see I am to lazy to cut and split firewood. LOL Actually I had originally planned on an outside woodfurnace but after seeing the amount of wood they consume quickly changed my mind. The house I am building will be a 1450 sq ft ranch with a small loft. I am leaning to the LL Pocono or Hyfire 1 with the air jacket. From what I have read here it seems 8 inch flues work better than larger ones. The front of this house is all glass which is why I am undecided on which size stove to get. I also plan on placing a small hand fed stove in the great room. Will the flue accommodate both stoves? Let me just end with a Thank You!! I have spent 3 days reading the posts here and have gathered a huge amount of information.
Cohiba8250
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Installing AHS S130 in Summer

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:52 am

hey i'm scott, i live near tremont pa. i got into burning coal when i moved up here in 2005 to open my own auto repair buisiness, the building belongs to my best friend, total heated space is over 6,000 square feet....garage has a 18' celing and is 3200 sq ft......when i moved here we were running some ancient hand fired stoves, a sunbeam allertown, some no name thing thing that either ran wide open or out, a 1800's mt penn stove company potbelly stove, and a kenmore coal stove. 2006 was the year of the coal stove bargains........got a heatrola at a yard sale for 20 bucks......worked about a month then the grate broke.....got our money back at the scrapyard lol........i keep a hand fed stove hooked up in the garage (end of the world mode hehe) it's a beautiful warm morning....looks just like the one another member in pa has....great stove but it's hand fired.
november 2006 i got the alaska stoker on ebay for my apartment project i have been working on....it's about 800 square feet....might have to pump some of that heat into the garage once i get the room fully insulated and the dropped celing goes in
right around xmas 2006 someone gave me a efm coal furnace......we had to cut trees down to get to the shed it was in, and take the shed away too (tin shed) after about 50 hrs of laboring, and 350 bucks out of my pocket for parts, i got it running.....right now it's at 4 clicks and it's in the mid 60's out here in the office......the hegins breaker can be seen from the back window of the garage so coal supply is not a problem....yes i love coal country1
and yes i love yuengling beer, you can tell i'm not a native......yuengling is fancy beer in berks county where i came from hehe
stop by sometime have a beer! we got lager on tap
great forum you guys have here! look forward to meeting some locals......i have a message board for lincoln town cars, mercury grand marquis and ford crown victorias.....pm me for the addy if anyone wants to check it out!
scott
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: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Linc On: Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:55 pm

Hi my name is Lincoln. I live in Martville,NY which is about 40 miles NW of Syracuse.I am married with no children,2 dogs and 1 cat. I have an old Coalchief stove that I bought used 20 years ago. I have been burning wood in it for the past 19 years at times for total heating.Other times to cut back on the use of my propane furnace. Most of my wood lately has been skid wood from work. I getting to old,beat up and tired to be cutting and splitting,and too broke to pay for all the propane. I just found this site yesterday while doing a search for using coal. With the rising cost of propane and the shortage of skid wood at work I decided to look into heating with coal. I have a Cape Cod style home with approx. 1500 sq.ft.
Linc
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak Stoker

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: SuperBeetle On: Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:46 pm

Hi all,
I'm John and live near Gettysburg PA. I bought a Harman MK II in 1993. The reason I switched over to coal was because in March of '93 we had a blizzard (I had a wood stove at the time) and I wound up burning skids that I got from work. My firewood had not been delivered even though I had ordered 3 cords the previous September. 3 cords of wood showed up 2 weeks after the blizzard. I vowed that I was switching to coal and did so that summer. Wish I had done it before that.
I work in a small shop that makes Blackpowder gun barrels and reline's, lengthens, rebores, re-rifles, and just about anything else that can be done to a Blackpowder firearm barrel. I get to see and work on a lot of older guns and it's pretty darn neat.
I have a 1972 VW Superbeetle that I am restoring.............well it's been torn apart for 2 years now. Hopefully, I'll "git er done" within the next year.
I am married, have two grown children, a dog, and 3 pain in the butt cats.
SuperBeetle
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: Pea, Nut, & Stove Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: shapps13 On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:49 am

Hello,my name is Bill,grew up in the "region", Shamokin PA. I also work in the region,for the largest pierogie maker in the world,Mrs. T's . So I have never left the "region", currently live in Paxinos PA with my wife of 17 years and 2 great kids, daughter and son.
I am on a mission to change my wifes mind about coal. I grew up with coal heat, so did my wife. She says its dirty ,I say I want to be warm,and have hot water. We are on the same page most of the time except for this. I have a Harman P-61 pellet stove in the basement that supplements the heat pump,my compromise.I would like a Harman DVC-500, since the house has no chimney. I am saving my pennies for that right now . My access to coal is a bit better than some of you out there,I drive by the Harmony mine every day, work is only 4 miles from Blaschak's St.Nicholas breaker and as soon as they get the Split Vein breaker rebuilt I am only 3 miles from that.
I love this region of PA. I like tinkering around the house, Drag Racing ,and riding motorcycles. But most of all I like a warm house filled with family,heated by an American product "made" right here in the "region".

Bill
shapps13
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: P-61 pellet that burns anythin

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: bksaun On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:36 am

Bill

What is a "pierogie"?

BK
bksaun
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: europachris On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:48 am

bksaun wrote:Bill

What is a "pierogie"?

BK


Pasta pocket, a bit like a ravioli, filled with any sort of various fillings, usually potato, onion, cheese, etc. You can boil them, fry them and I'm sure there are a few other ways to prepare them. Very yummy!

Not sure of the ethnicity of them (origin). My mom was German and ate them all the time, but aren't they more Polish?

On the other note, Bill, you will find the DVC-500 to produce no more, and probably less, mess than your pellet stove. I have a Keystoker direct vent in my totally finished basement, burning bagged Blaschak. The coal is damp out of the bag, so there's no dust, and the rest of the stove handling only produces minimal ash dust. Yes, I have to run the Swiffer around the basement a little more often, but it's sure worth it. There is NO soot, NO smell, and LOTS of heat. My wife thought I'd lost my marbles when I put the stove in, but now, if she can't sleep, she'll go down to the basement and sit in front of the stove and doze off in the easy chair. Priceless!
europachris
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 350/Iron Fireman
Stove/Furnace Model: Custom bituminous burner

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: av8r On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:54 am

Pronounced Peeer-OH-hee (at least by everyone around here)

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av8r
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Hearth with twin turbos (sounds like it)
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Hearth model with twin turbos

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:55 am

europachris wrote:

Not sure of the ethnicity of them (origin). My mom was German and ate them all the time, but aren't they more Polish?


Polish, best ones are made at church bazaars by little old ladies, preferably the ones with accents. :) My favorite is sauerkraut.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: bksaun On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:23 am

I would like to try them, would have to pass on the sauerkraut though, I am not allowed to eat that! My wife say it is a city ordinance! Also not allowed pickled eggs,buttermilk,Wiedeman or Blatz Beer, sardines,beans of any kind and the list go's on.

The ordinance only apply's to me!

Why they pick on me?

BK
bksaun
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:25 am

bksaun wrote:The ordinance only apply's to me!

Why they pick on me?



It may have something to do with violating the Clean Air Act passed by Congress?
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:12 pm

Warning: thread hijack: With enough saurkraut or other cabbage family foods, who needs coal?? you become your own 'natural-gas' producing plant... now , to convert it to heat.... :lol: :lol:

I'll clean up the thread after Christmas...

Merry Christmas everyone..

Remember.... Introductions on this thread please... open a new thread on the appropriat forum for questions etc.

Now, I foresee a 'natural gass' thread in the 'other subjects forum' :D :)

Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Introduce Yourself

PostBy: L-Bow On: Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:45 pm

HI! I'm Larry, a registered "coal offender." I just got my 1st coal stove A vintage Keystoker 70k, which ,thanks to the forum I have morfed into a furnace complete with new ductwork. i've only been oncoal 3weeks but am thrilled by the excess heat I never had but still paid for with "profane" (LPG) I am a hardcore project animal who loves a challenge so I think I would play with coal stoves even if they didn't heat my house. Well, maybe not.I'm in south central Pa . Anybody have info good or bad about my 70k? Would eventually like a boiler. Thanks for all the great info. Merry Christmas
Larry Bowen
L-Bow
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Ketstoker 70,000
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 70,000