Fired up in Maine

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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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 Sun. Oct. 11, 2009 6:33 am

OK... You talked me into it...along with the 28* this morning & the forecast of 40's the whole next week. Fire in the hole! From ignition to a full temp in about an hour. No more paying the Arabs this year.
Orrington, Maine
Fred

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lowfog01
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea
Location: Springfield, VA

Post Sun. Oct. 11, 2009 7:55 am

I'm jealous. My husband still has the matches under lock and key. I've just about got him convinced to let me test fire the stove later this month but that will only be a "temporary fix" for my "addiction." People think I’m crazy because I'm actually looking forward to the drop in cold. :D I say bring it on!
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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 Sun. Oct. 11, 2009 12:29 pm

lowfog01 wrote:My husband still has the matches under lock and key


WHAT? That's grounds for divorce! Oh....wait....it's probably not. :) Maybe someone that held the fire all summer has an extra match & would mail it to you. ;)
Orrington, Maine
Fred

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sterling40man
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6
Location: Northern Maine

Post Sun. Oct. 11, 2009 2:20 pm

Freddy wrote:OK... You talked me into it...along with the 28* this morning & the forecast of 40's the whole next week. Fire in the hole! From ignition to a full temp in about an hour. No more paying the Arabs this year.


Good deal! 28* here this morning too. 46* right now. It also snowed for about 20 minutes here this morning and then turned to rain. Skies have cleared since then and veeeeery windy.
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cbc6
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Hyfire II
Coal Size/Type: rice
Location: Ellsworth,ME

Post Mon. Oct. 12, 2009 6:46 pm

I was away last week for work....the wife called me last tuesday nite and said she was gonna light it up and she wasnt kidding......it was going when I got home saturday afternoon it was still running and hasnt been shut down since.....btw chance of snow tonight

rberq
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300 with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Nut
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators (fuel oil); propane
Location: Central Maine

Post Mon. Oct. 12, 2009 6:54 pm

cbc6 wrote:chance of snow tonight

Living in Ellsworth, where do you buy coal? Bagged or loose? What's the price?
I'm trying to make this foolproof, but I'm badly outnumbered.

cbc6
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Hyfire II
Coal Size/Type: rice
Location: Ellsworth,ME

Post Tue. Oct. 13, 2009 6:51 pm

I get my coal from Downeast Coal. Paid the same price that I did last year $325 per ton bagged. They also deliver it for free if over 2 ton for my area. here is their website http://www.downeastcoal.com/ they also have a forum,with a lot less users than this one, but they are a very knowledgeable bunch, and are very helpful. I could prolly get my coal cheaper elsewhere but its a loyalty thing, they have earned my respect and I will give them my business.

rberq
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300 with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Nut
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators (fuel oil); propane
Location: Central Maine

Post Tue. Oct. 13, 2009 7:01 pm

cbc6 wrote:I get my coal from Downeast Coal. Paid the same price that I did last year $325 per ton bagged. They also deliver it for free if over 2 ton for my area.i could prolly get my coal cheaper

Probably couldn't get it cheaper -- that's $5 more than I paid in the Augusta area, but the dealers here don't do free delivery. It was up by about $30 a ton this year compared to last.
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sterling40man
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6
Location: Northern Maine

Post Wed. Oct. 14, 2009 8:23 am

rberq wrote:It was up by about $30 a ton this year compared to last.


Gee, it's down $30 from last year up my way.
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Bob

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Stove/Furnace Make: Franco belge
Stove/Furnace Model: 10-1475

Post Fri. Oct. 16, 2009 9:29 am

I am seeking some advise. I have a Franco Belge 10.1475 model and I used it one season last winter. I did not get around to cleaning the rear flues on the unit. Does this need to be done every year or could I get away with running it another season?

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ErikLaurence
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Stove/Furnace Make: Reading Lehigh
Stove/Furnace Model: LL Hyfire II w/heat jacket
Location: Midcoast Maine

Post Fri. Oct. 16, 2009 1:08 pm

I'm burning.

Got back from my cross country drive last night to a cold and cranky wife.

Lit it up this morning.
But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
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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 Fri. Oct. 16, 2009 2:33 pm

Clean the Franco. It should be checked again after 30 days, then you'll have an idea if you need to clean it once a month or once every 6 months or a year. A lot depends on the coal you burn, the draft, how hot you run it. It's important to keep it cleaned and just as, or more important, to have a CO alarm.
Orrington, Maine
Fred

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James Goodine
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III
Location: Northern Maine

Post Sat. Oct. 17, 2009 10:35 am

Fired mine up last thursday 10/8 was a little depressing seemed too early two weeks early compared to last year. With the temps being what they are this week more than happy to have it pumping the heat.

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Cold_Mainer
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Pocono BV 90,000 BTU
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Central Maine

Post Sat. Oct. 24, 2009 4:22 pm

Fire in the hole today at 2:00 PM. Finished cleaning out the stove pipe today. I wanted to make sure I got that elbow where it goes into the chimney real good so I used an 1 /14" small shop vac hose to reach all the way in thru the damper. Worked good.....not much ash at all..

Burning Blaschak in 40 lb bags..........feels good........

cbc6
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Hyfire II
Coal Size/Type: rice
Location: Ellsworth,ME

Post Sun. Oct. 25, 2009 4:26 pm

shut mine down last night when the temps got above 50 outside......getting ready to start it back up though, as soon as the sun goes down

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