Nut Vs Pea

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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Post Wed. Oct. 31, 2007 11:45 am

:shock: hey all I got a question,i been burning nut in my Harman mark3,i was wondering if there was any advantages to burning pea?...will it last longer?'s and cons?...i appreciate any and all is the same price per ton here.

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Post Wed. Oct. 31, 2007 12:06 pm

The pea will burn a little slower with less heat, a lot of people use it to dampen or slow the fire overnight. It isn't the size of the chunk, but how much air can get between them that determines how fast it will burn. This is why stove coal (huge chunks) burns hotter and faster than nut size, pea would be even slower.

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Post Wed. Oct. 31, 2007 12:29 pm

I agree with Coaledsweat. I'm using pea coal in my Mark I, I get much better burn times and it's easier to shovel. I get plenty of heat output with it as well. Try a bag or two of pea and compare it to nut sized. Everyone has their own preferences, of course.
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Post Wed. Oct. 31, 2007 6:27 pm

For many years I used nothing but nut. This year is the first time I decided to try pea and I like it so far. When it gets cold will be a good test. Pea definitely likes more air and when I shake I have to be careful not to dump my fire. I shake fast but not very far.

I forgot to tell you I have a Harman TLC 2000. with a blower. About 24,000 BTU's more than my old coal stove.
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Post Fri. Nov. 02, 2007 7:45 am

thx for the input guys...i may just buy a few bags to try.the only dealer in this area that sells both doesnt offer a bulk discount....5.99 a bag for 1 or 60..

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Post Sat. Nov. 17, 2007 2:43 pm

I recently put in an efel ambassador 420. I have been experimenting with bagged coal before I buy bulk by the ton. Pea coal burned longer, seemed to burn as hot by stove and stack temps as the nut coal. the pea is more user friendly as far as ashes go for some reason. With pea if I knifed the ashes at 11 pm the stove was happy till 9am the next morning. With nut I knifed at 11 pm and at 9am this morning the stove was cold. Heavy ash build up put the fire out and as far as ashes go one bag of nut made nearly as much ash as three bags of pea. Both were good coal not much stone or slate in the ash just more ash from the nut.

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