Hand Feeding the Coal

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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keman
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Post Fri. Nov. 17, 2006 10:41 am

My stove has a front door that I open and load with a big shovel full of coal. I have done this for years. I wish I had something I could load with other than a shovel, something to carry rather than lug, like a scoop of some sort. Anybody know of anything, or is the shovel the only way to load?

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Post Fri. Nov. 17, 2006 11:56 am

I have a Harman insert.

I just get a bucket full of coal and heave it in the opening. Gotta be careful to aim your throw though.....If the bucket catches the side of the opening......You'll be pickin' up pieces of coal from the floor!
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Post Fri. Nov. 17, 2006 12:04 pm

Thanks, I see they have these things called skuttles and hods. Like a bucket curved on one side. Anybody use one of these with a side door loading stove??

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Post Fri. Nov. 17, 2006 5:20 pm

Hello Keman, go to your local hardware, home depot, Lowes or whatever and buy a short, 18", or 24" long piece of 8" or 10" galvanized stove flue pipe and an end cap.

Cut the angle on the end of the pipe and cap the other end. Wrap a coat hanger around the middle and secure the coat hanger with a lap of duct tape to make a simple handle. Screw the end cap on with a few screws.

This will make a functional coal hod or coal scuttle. Should cost about $10-12. Not very pretty, but this will let you figure out if you want to buy a pretty one made of brass.

Beware!! the edges of the flue pipe are sharp!! Keep away from kids and currious pets.

Do a search on ebay for coal hod. coal scuttle or skuttle, or coal bucket. There are several for sale.

Hope this helps. Greg L
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
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