Introductions and remarks of grattitide

Introductions and remarks of grattitide

PostBy: redmoose On: Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:30 pm

Hi all,

I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for a spectacular resource. I am obviously a new user, however I have been visiting your forum for some time to learn all that I can about the world of coal heat. I grew up in New England in a house where our primary heat source was wood. My brothers and I spent our summers moving and stacking between 7 and 10 cords of wood. Due to my familiarity with wood I began looking at installing a wood stove in my house a couple of years ago. Truth be told I kept revisiting this purchase becasue i was not fond of buying, stacking, storing, and handling several cords of wood every year. Then a friend of mine gave me a gift, a franco belge coal stove. He heats his house with a coal furnace and had the stove for ancillary heat but decided he preferred his large walk in fireplace for sunday afternoons in front of the fire.

I picked up my "new" stove with much excitement and anticipation this fall. Once I got the stove home I took it apart to clean and paint it (it had been stored outside for a while). Upon dis-assembly I found that there were 2 cracks in the top of the fire box and a crack in one of the bells on flue wrap around. Upon this discovery I began assessing how best to repair this unit and looking for parts stoves for sale, or a suitable replacement. After looking for a while I found a Vermont Castings Vigilant II. I was very happy to get this stove for $300.00 and after some new glass, gaskets, and paint it looks like a new stove.

I finished my install (both stove and chimney) the week before Hurricane Sandy which was a stroke of good fortune since I was out of power for 5 days and heated my house for those 5 days with my "new" stove. I have been running the stove since then and could not be happier. In short I do not know why people waste their time with wood. Coal is easier, cleaner, and cheaper. Not to mention it is fine left on it's own for the entire day while I am at work, without needing to be restarted. It is wonderful.

Thank you to all of the members of this wonderful site since they were an incredible resource and a huge help, even though none of you knew that since I was busy lurking in the shadows. Thank you again.

Best Regards,
-John
redmoose
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings
Stove/Furnace Model: Vigilant II

Re: Introductions and remarks of grattitide

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:04 am

Hi John, Welcome to the non lurker status.
Flyer5
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Introductions and remarks of grattitide

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:36 am

Nice John, welcome to the FORUM. :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix


Re: Introductions and remarks of grattitide

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:43 am

Greetings.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Introductions and remarks of grattitide

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:22 am

Welcome to the forum redmoose!

You should know from lurking here that we love to see pics of the installed stove! :D
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Introductions and remarks of grattitide

PostBy: baddawg On: Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:58 am

Welcome :cheers:
baddawg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer BV

Re: Introductions and remarks of grattitide

PostBy: redmoose On: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:51 am

Hi Titleist1,


Here is a pic of my stove installed and running. I built a mud room to house the stove since I did not have a good location for the unit. It has been a rather long process since I started it last fall. I must say that it has been well worth the effort. With the cost of oil it will pay for itself in no time.
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redmoose
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings
Stove/Furnace Model: Vigilant II

Re: Introductions and remarks of grattitide

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:11 pm

Wow, your story sounds almost identical to mine.

Like you I had a stove given to me, and coming from a family that all burned wood, burning coal was different (though my Grandfather burned it in his youth). I grew to love burning coal when we got the Ice Storm of 1998 and I was without power...in January..in Maine for 14 consecutive days. It saved me.

So far this year I have cut about 80 cords of firewood...selling most of it to people who never consider burning coal. I say most of it, only because I keep 10 cord for myself, cut, split and stacked and ready to go in case I need it; but as the winter winds down, I'll sell it to people who are out of wood and need to get through the rest of the winter.

Thanks for thanking us though. I doubt I have helped anyone, but there are some great people on here...
NoSmoke
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: New Yoker WC90
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vogelzang Pot Bellied Stove
Coal Size/Type: Stove/Nut/Pea Anthracite
Other Heating: Munchkin LP Boiler (Back-up)