Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: warminmn On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:18 pm

On your Surdiac, if possible, make sure to have the ash door and air intake shut when slicing and poking. I get less ash that way on my window, and Im sure less in the pipes. But if your opening the front door to poke your gonna get ash. Ive got a side door and that really helps me with poking.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Junior, Surdiac Nestor Martin
Coal Size/Type: nut ant
Other Heating: wood

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:32 pm

Alaska makes a very nice stove. If you have a good dealer nearby you should go check out a Kodiak stove. Harman makes a nice stove too, but the hopper-feed and thermostat on the Kodiak are nice features for long & steady burns.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:19 pm

If you're not going to go with a hopper/thermo set up---keep what ya got--as far as all the fly ash--that can be controlled pretty easily on any set up.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

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Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:26 pm

We are talking stoves not boilers? I am surprised that no one has mentioned the LL pioneer and I think they make another one also. Not from my personal experience mind you, but I know several people back in Maine including my bro-in-law that swear by them. And these are people that had never burned coal before.

Kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: joeq On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:19 pm

Wow! talk about the miles on this "simple" question. I missed it being posted a few days back. Ellen, I'm sure these fine people have given you your monies worth, and I'm not going to be much help, but man do those Glenwoods look nice! you said you're using a Surdiac right now. May I ask which one? I bought a Gotha 513 about 20 yrs ago, (cause the price was right), but am not very enthusiastic about the style. But it will roast out my 1500sq/ft farmhouse if I'm not careful. I'm assuming you're a pro at yours. Would you mind if I PMd you some-time for some tips? Here's a pic of my 513.Image
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:20 pm

Leisure Line doesn't make a hand fired stove to my knowledge. That begs the question: Why not?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:07 pm

That isn't their business.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:38 pm

What's an Alaska Kodiak with bi-metal thermostat, hopper, and the bronze trim package typically going for these days? This and the DS 1500 or 1600 and the Hitzer 50-93 are on my short list of heat sources for use in an extended power failure. Would any of these work decently with pea? Pea is all I keep on hand to feed my AHS S130 Coal Gun boiler.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:43 pm

not recommended in the 50-93--
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:48 pm

Thanks Fred! That leaves me with the Kodiak or the DS line.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: elleninpa On: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:59 pm

Thanks for the hint on the open/shut door. When we leave the door with the glass closed (firebox door) it spreads even more ash on the glass.
We don't have a side door, :-(

Rob R - how do you do the water heated indirectly? our stove area and our cold water pipe coming in are 15 feet apart.
elleninpa
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac but looking
Stove/Furnace Make: Surdiac but looking

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:02 pm

elleninpa wrote:Rob R - how do you do the water heated indirectly? our stove area and our cold water pipe coming in are 15 feet apart.


I use an "indirect water heater", which is basically a large insulated tank with a coil in it. Boiler water is circulated through the coil to bring the water in the tank up to the appropriate temperature. The fire is in the boiler, not the water heater...hence the the term "indirect".
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: elleninpa On: Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:06 pm

hmmm, so we could install such a pre heater next to the stove and then run an insulated line into our electric hot water heater and thereby provide preheated water to the electric water tank....we looked at solar hot water to preheat but not practical for our latitude and house orientation...

I wondered if Pioneer made a hand fed stove?

I thought when we say hopper we mean the thing that i pour coal into inside the stove, not one of those external bits that a screw turns and feeds coal into the stove, need some help here on definitions...apologies in advance for my confusion!
elleninpa
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac but looking
Stove/Furnace Make: Surdiac but looking

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: elleninpa On: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:19 pm

I'll try to get a picture of my Surdiac posted, too. It has the same hood as the Gotha but a different front, grey not copper trim, and three arched windows for the burning area.
elleninpa
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac but looking
Stove/Furnace Make: Surdiac but looking

Re: Which handfired coal to get with my inheritance?

PostBy: nortcan On: Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:50 pm

joeq wrote:Wow! talk about the miles on this "simple" question. I missed it being posted a few days back. Ellen, I'm sure these fine people have given you your monies worth, and I'm not going to be much help, but man do those Glenwoods look nice! you said you're using a Surdiac right now. May I ask which one? I bought a Gotha 513 about 20 yrs ago, (cause the price was right), but am not very enthusiastic about the style. But it will roast out my 1500sq/ft farmhouse if I'm not careful. I'm assuming you're a pro at yours. Would you mind if I PMd you some-time for some tips? Here's a pic of my 513.Image


I went to a custommer's house today and saw his wood stove, a Nestor Martin. It was exactly like your's but for wood and had same figurines on the sides.
They are very nice stoves. The owner like it very much.
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