Brunco Hearthglow Stove, Troubles Burning Anthracite

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Post Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 11:25 am

coalfan wrote:
Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 9:51 am
j that stove needs cleaned bad and i had one for ten yrs , burned bit well and wood but the good stuff ( ant,) i think the fire box to the front , loading doors is to shallow un less he banx it to the back and or puts something up front by the doors to even out the bed and on that stove i did have problems with the bi metal t stat working good but was a well built stove for its time but it had a few concerning flaws !!!!!!!!!!hope itall works out for the OP ..
Just curious, about the operation of the stove. You say you owned one? What type of mechanism performs the ash cleaning? Does the floor have a tilting table? Is there a device for shaking out the ashes?
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Post Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 12:21 pm

joeq wrote:
Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 9:43 am
Maybe it's me, but the floor of that stove looks to be firebricks, with very little area for ventilation. I can't see an anthracite fire lasting very long, before the gaps begin to fill with ash, and become very restricted. How does the shaker system work? Looks more suited to wood to me.

What looks like fire bricks are the are wide, flat fingers of the rocker grate bars - covered with ash.

Some of the new "wood" kitchen ranges use the same type of grate bars. And some sales people tell newbies they can burn coal in it, too. Turns out they are designed for and good for wood, sorta ok for bit coal, but not so good for clearing anthracite ash. They need to be raked daily to clear them well, or they eventually clog up with clinkers that don't get broken up by those wide flat grate fingers.

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Post Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 1:05 pm

joeq wrote:
Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 11:25 am
Just curious, about the operation of the stove. You say you owned one? What type of mechanism performs the ash cleaning? Does the floor have a tilting table? Is there a device for shaking out the ashes?
(TOTP! I quoted and won :lol: )
There's a handle on the side of the stove. Rotates the grates 60 degrees In each direction, makes it real easy to get coal stuck in them while shaking, screwed that up the first time.

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Post Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 1:10 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 9:54 am
The number is irrelevant, the changes in it are a lesson in operation.
Thank you for clarifying. That makes sense.

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Post Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 3:18 pm

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There's a handle on the side of the stove. Rotates the grates 60 degrees In each direction, makes it real easy to get coal stuck in them while shaking, screwed that up the first time.
My buddy has a "dual purpose" Nashua stove, that he mostly burns wood in. But since me and my stoves, he's been trying coal. (Nut) His stove also has a "tilting table", that rocks on a central axis, and he complained about the same problem.Tilting the coal bed caused solid chunks of coal to jam the mechanism. I guess he's learned not to rock it so much. Wonder if the larger stove coal would be beneficial in preventing this from happening with this type of system?

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Post Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 7:09 pm

I will be buying a few bags of stove coal to find out. It's a real pan when the grates get jammed.

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Post Tue. Nov. 14, 2017 7:37 pm

mine had shaker grates ,but were on the flat side so ash build up was a problem and were not arched in the center of each grat as with some other stoves .

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Post Wed. Nov. 15, 2017 7:22 pm

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New to the forum. I have a Brunco Hearthglow that came with the house. I called Brunk's, the distributor in Ohio, and was told that it's better with bituminous coal, but I don't know if anyone sells that here (Northern MD). The only success I had was when I used stove coal mixed with nut. The stove coal did actually over-fire but that was because I was afraid of it not lighting.

I used to work in a fire science laboratory, so I'm not a complete novice, basically I am using a multi-fuel stove that is better with soft coal/ wood and I want to know what I can do to improve it's performance with anthracite. Any ideas guys?
try ellisson trucking in freeland md,picked up some anthracite today,but on the phone this morning he asked me if i wanted hard or soft coal. don't have his # handy but if interested p. m. me

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Post Thu. Nov. 16, 2017 10:03 am

Good luck finding bit in md unless your in western md. I’m in Carroll and I have located 2 places around a hour away. One is 420 a ton and the other refused to sell once he found out I was going to burn it inside. From what I have read western md bit isn’t the greatest you really want pa or Kentucky. I did find a supplier of anthracite that said it’s a medium hard she called it red ash that burns better in these types of stoves if your interested. Haven’t tried it yet but I plan on buying a ton from her.

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