First Fire

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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Mastiffman
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Location: Sch. County

Post Mon. Oct. 29, 2007 12:56 pm

Yesterday afternoon the wife and I cleaned up the used Harman Mark II I got off Craig's list. Scotch brited it and gave it a coat of rattle can stove paint. Looks like brand new.
Replaced the gaskets on both doors.
Installed it in place of our stoker and fired it up last night for my first ever hand fed coal fire.
No problems getting the pea coal burning, had a good bed of wood coals going, put about 2" of pea in and it lit within minutes. Let that go about 1/2 hour, emptied the ash tray and loaded up the coal.
After the fresh paint stink let up we shut the windows and got toasty.

So far, so good!

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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. Oct. 31, 2007 7:12 pm

Just curious why you got rid of the stoker? To many power outages? No generator?
I never had a stoker but they do seem nice.
Anyway good luck with your stove.
Regards, Ray

Mastiffman
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Post Thu. Nov. 01, 2007 7:07 pm

2 reasons -
1 - power outages - I did put in a generator hook-up for this winter.
2 - wanted more heat. I've seen newer stokers with chutes (for lack of the proper term) 3X as wide as mine. They probably give off plenty. Mine would make the room you were in toasty, but not heat the rest of the house.
and (okay 3 reasons)
I'm planning to convert an unheated garage into an office w/stove, and I hope to put a 3rd stove in the workshop in my barn. This way all 3 will use the same coal.

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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 Thu. Nov. 01, 2007 7:36 pm

Yup, having all three stoves using the same type of coal makes ordering and storing a lot easier.

Happy burning.
Regards, Ray

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

Post Fri. Nov. 02, 2007 6:20 am

Splitter, if you're looking for your topic it was move here: Best Time to Start Burning Coal Baker Wood/Coal Stove
EasyRay wrote:Yup, having all three stoves using the same type of coal makes ordering....
As far as ordering goes that depends on who is delivering it. A typical coal truck usually has three seperate compartments, sometimes 4.
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

- Albert Einstein

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EasyRay
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman TLC 2000
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Post Fri. Nov. 02, 2007 11:21 am

I never thought about that. All my coal is bagged :)
Regards, Ray

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