People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: mcrchap On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:17 pm

Your post is 6 years old. Did you switch to coal....if so do you and your friends think you are crazy now?
mcrchap
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 90
Coal Size/Type: rice
Other Heating: New Yorker Oil boiler
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Econo

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Miles On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:54 am

Hi Folks. I'm new to this site and very happy to have discovered it. I installed my Alaska 140 stoker in November of 2008 and am thrilled with it! I was previously heating my home with a Burnham Fiesta water boiler supplemented by a wood boiler. When the Burnham unit wore out and I tired of cutting, splitting and stacking wood, I removed all my in service heating equipment and installed a new Utica boiler and the Alaska 140. I thought I had died and gone to heaven ! Most seasons I don't even turn the oil unit on. Just use it as sort of manifold for hot water from the coal stoker to pass through. I have cut my heating costs better than in half and the heat is excellent. I would strongly encourage anyone thinking of switching to coal heat to GO FOR IT !!!! Very little work. Very little dirt, and a nice warm, even heat.
Miles
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska 140
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Anthracite

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:57 am

A big Amen to that, partner!!
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash


Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:32 am

As to this post being 6 years old,......someone asked if the original poster still has people thinking he was crazy for switching to coal? Well, his coal stoker boiler is burning GREAT,...in MY basement! He sold it to me last summer. He decided to switch to,.......WOOD!??! :shock: His loss is, by far, my gain!
:lol:
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:13 am

Carbon12 wrote:As to this post being 6 years old,......someone asked if the original poster still has people thinking he was crazy for switching to coal? Well, his coal stoker boiler is burning GREAT,...in MY basement! He sold it to me last summer. He decided to switch to,.......WOOD!??! :shock: His loss is, by far, my gain!
:lol:

Too bad for him, Great for you, lead a horse and all that!
NWBuilder
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:16 am

Yeah,....I ALMOST feel bad for him. :D I can't even begin to imagine how much wood he goes through to replace the output of a KA-6 boiler. :shock:
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:59 am

Carbon12 wrote:Yeah,....I ALMOST feel bad for him. :D I can't even begin to imagine how much wood he goes through to replace the output of a KA-6 boiler. :shock:

How long did he actually use it for? Did he say why besides just going back to wood?
NWBuilder
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:01 pm

I asked him the same question. It worked great for 4 seasons. He was using bagged coal. He said his live in girlfriend did not like the smell of burning coal,......outside the house. :? That's why he got rid of the stoker boiler.
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: coalkirk On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:07 pm

Well maybe she was a real hottie. Otherwise I would have told her hold your breath outside or found a new girlfriend! :lol:
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: whistlenut On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:09 pm

Perhaps her nose was too high in the air to begin with.......but it made a great deal for C-12!!! Let me guess, he has a fleet of septic pumpers and she objects to a coal smell.........When one candy store closes, another is just down the street. I wonder if the expression 'Grow a pair' was ever explained to him???????? Oh well.....just another day. Does he have any friends with similar problems???
whistlenut
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:17 pm

Not a smart move better off with a new girl friend.
NWBuilder
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:29 pm

They were both very nice, I must add. I think the "renewable" resource and pleasant wood smoke odor prevailed. :D
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:41 pm

Must be that she doesn't handle the wood. There must have been something else. Maybe they had a CO problem and killed their pets or something. I can't believe anyone would trade a stoker boiler to burn wood. That don't make sense.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:43 pm

You should give him a call and ask him how hard he's kicking himself in the ass...
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: People think I'm crazy to switch to coal

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:15 pm

I was thinking of texting him. Think I'll wait till spring! :lol:
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace