How Long Has Your Fire Been Going for Since Last Relight?

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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captcaper
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker
Location: Northern N.H.

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 7:24 am

I last started mine Nov. 1st and has been going strong since. It still shakes nicely and has an even fire all threw it. I notice the colder it is the nicer it shakes without wanting to jam. I haven't jammed it since Nov.
It was 3 below this morning and it was going strong. I burnt 3 1/2 tons already. about 1 to 2 bags a day (40lbs. Blascheck) depending on temps of course. The coldest we got was 23 below 0 F. We had about 2 months below 32 F were it didn't get above 32F.
I almost lost it when I went away for 2 days. But before I left I got it going good then poked and shook the heck out of it to get rid of all the ash and just have coal in it. Then I piled it on and turned the Manual Damper down and shut the air intake down low of course. When I came back there was a section still going. Opened up the air and damper and it came back from there...
Current Stove Harman Super Magnum
Owned before
Harman Mark III Wood Parlor stove Scandia Wood Stove 2 Chubby Coal Stoves Small Pot Belly Cast Iron

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Devil505
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000
Location: SE Massachusetts

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 7:36 am

Mine has only gone out once since October & that was due to jamming...not intentional. Since I don't need to clean fly ash from my vent pip;es until Spring each year, I never shut my stove down & still manage to keep the ash cleaned out as it's running.
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oliver power
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Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II), D.S. 1600 Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Location: Near Dansville, NY

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 7:39 am

In the house, since I first lit the stove in fall. In the shop, I start it quite often. Only when I'm going to work out there.

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Rob R.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 8:00 am

I burned from Nov to mid January without a relight, shutdown to clean out the firebox and remove flyash from the stovepipe. I've been burning steadily since then.

Paulie
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Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer
Location: MA, South Shore

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 8:31 am

Fired on Nov. 17, has not gone out yet. I have cleaned the stove and pipe 3 times and have not lost a fire....This stove
is my friend. :junmp:

CapeCoaler
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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove
Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 9:25 am

Relight?
Just once... after it goes out for the summer!
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
Most of all I do have common sense and a practical application of logic.
Oh, add humor, on the dry side, along with a wee bit 'o sarcasm.

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Richard S.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite
Location: NEPA

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 9:26 am

What year is it? :P Been going since about 1983ish and down for few days/weeks maintenance. We have it set up now you don't even have to shut it down for cleaning the flue really but we still do.
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

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Cyber36
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Marathon/Logwood
Location: Byron NY

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 11:36 am

Let mine go out once in January - been running mid November till I shut her down, prolly sometime in mid April. :)

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EasyRay
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman TLC 2000
Coal Size/Type: Pea,Nut or Stove
Location: Central Connecticut

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 11:43 am

I've been burning since October 6th and will shut down sometime in April depending on the weather.
Regards, Ray

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captcaper
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker
Location: Northern N.H.

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 11:57 am

I see there is a bunch of pros here :) Even though the price of oil is down. To "He**" with the oil companays and their buddys..That's what I say.
Current Stove Harman Super Magnum
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Harman Mark III Wood Parlor stove Scandia Wood Stove 2 Chubby Coal Stoves Small Pot Belly Cast Iron

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Stove/Furnace Make: Dutchwest
Stove/Furnace Model: Federal
Location: New England

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 1:27 pm

I keep mine going all winter too.

bksaun
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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
Location: Hustonville, Ky

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 3:04 pm

Nov 1st......Probably need to shut down and clean the pipes........I think I will tell the Wife to clean the pipes and see what happens. ;)

Bk
"Corn Stoves", It is morally wrong to burn something you can make into Whiskey!

BK

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tvb
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 3:24 pm

Early Dec (the day I installed it) until mid-January when I went out of town. Relit the evening I came home and it's been burning since. I have a tee at the elbow so I don't even let the stove go out for cleaning the pipes. I just make sure I have a window or two open to vent the CO and then I work fast.

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Jim503RI
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Coal Size/Type: Nut & pea
Other Heating: none
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503
Location: RI.

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 3:54 pm

Stoves been burning since sometime in November. one week after I purchased the Hitzer insert, I decided to pull the stove and run a full stack pipe with cap for a good draft , and it's been running ever since.
Like eating an elephant, one bite at a time! Coal today Warmer tomorrow!

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Freddy
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 3:59 pm

October 21st.
Orrington, Maine
Fred

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