First Match 2012 -2013

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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RAYJAY
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Stoker Coal Boiler: VAN WERT - 600 VA HOT WATER
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN- MAGUM STOKER
Coal Size/Type: BUCKWHEAT ON BOTH
Other Heating: NG BOILER
Location: UNION DALE PA

Post Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 4:48 pm

OK GUYS AND GALS JUST LIT THE Harman STOKER
Been burning coal since 1979 ........ yep I'm old ..............

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Bruce M
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1627 basement stove
Location: Sullivan County, NY

Post Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 5:16 pm

I'm right there with ya. Setting on a comfortable rocker in the basement nursing a fresh load of coal. I'm typing on this new fangled gadget, it does all sorts of things, I hear it even makes phone calls. :P
Bruce

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I'm On Fire
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator
Location: Vernon, New Jersey

Post Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 5:52 pm

Just lit the DS too. She's almost full of pea coal. I've got the front of the fire box red and banked the coal to the back.

I've still got the thermostat set at 5 and the ash door open. I'm gonna start dialing it down here soon. And put the hopper in.

Bruce M
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1627 basement stove
Location: Sullivan County, NY

Post Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 6:07 pm

That's a nice stove you have there, the dealer had that one working last winter when I was shopping around, it throws a lot of heat off and kept his shop warm.
Bruce

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I'm On Fire
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator
Location: Vernon, New Jersey

Post Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 6:26 pm

Thanks. I see you have the Basement 1627. Mine is the New Basement Circulator 1600. It's got fancy mesh on the side of it. I removed the hopper door cover. The stove is smack dab in the middle of my living room. Keeps my house anywhere between 70°-80°+ all winter.

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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 Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 7:07 pm

Geeze! You guys are spending matches like they grow on trees! You could have all met someplace & passed one match around. ;)
Orrington, Maine
Fred

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Post Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 7:14 pm

Thanks for reminding me Freddy, I need to get a case of matches to get me through the first month of heating season with the Monticello :D

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler
Location: West-Central Mass

Post Mon. Oct. 08, 2012 7:27 pm

I lit up too .... BUT .....

I didn't use a match ................... and I'm not burning coal ....... toothy :twisted:
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ...Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in "On
Crimes and Punishment."

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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 Tue. Oct. 09, 2012 8:37 am

SMITTY wrote:I didn't use a match ................... and I'm not burning coal .....
What did you do, somehow gathered up some MA politicians around your house & their hot air is keeping you warm?
Orrington, Maine
Fred

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SMITTY
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler
Location: West-Central Mass

Post Tue. Oct. 09, 2012 10:37 am

Now THAT would roast me out of the house! ;)

Naw, I just used a lighter on some OSB. :lol: We got 7 hours of heat out of 2 sheets, and 152° hot water. House actually held the heat all night (helps when the fieldstone & concrete soaks it all up). Was still 68° in here when I got up this morning. 8-) Only 1/4 of the ash pan was full .... even including all the nails!

The stove, chimney, and coils are blacker than the ace of spades though ... :shock:
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ...Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in "On
Crimes and Punishment."

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SteveZee
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range
Location: Downeast , Maine

Post Thu. Oct. 11, 2012 10:04 am

SMITTY wrote:Now THAT would roast me out of the house! ;)

Naw, I just used a lighter on some OSB. :lol: We got 7 hours of heat out of 2 sheets, and 152° hot water. House actually held the heat all night (helps when the fieldstone & concrete soaks it all up). Was still 68° in here when I got up this morning. 8-) Only 1/4 of the ash pan was full .... even including all the nails!

The stove, chimney, and coils are blacker than the ace of spades though ... :shock:
Excellent recycling on them nails Smitty, proud of ya! ;)

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Lightning
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Wed. Oct. 17, 2012 11:25 am

Long range forecast says mid 60's next week for my neck of the woods.
My anticipated first match will be Sunday morning Oct 28th if its right :D
Mid 40's after that date!

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grizzly2
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
Coal Size/Type: pea and nut/ anthracite
Other Heating: Jotul #3 wood stove in garage. Oil backup in house. Electric backup in house.
Location: Whippleville, NY

Post Thu. Oct. 18, 2012 6:34 am

I fired up the Hitzer about a week ago. One match so far. With the warm spell comming I will be running the window stats quite a bit, but I hate to let it go out and have to clean out the fire box and start over. Evening are still cool enough to need a fire. This is my sixth heating season with coal. I have made the one match club only one year so far. Gonna try for it again this year. :lol:
The only redeeming value of winter is that I can have a fire in my stove.

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freetown fred
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Thu. Oct. 18, 2012 6:43 am

You can do it Grizz ;) I've been lit for about 10 days--this damp & chill gets into this 200 yr old foundation. The 50-93 has gotten real good at idling along during the warmer days & 30's & low 40's nights. My lite up date consists of when these old bones start to feeling the chill. We're good for the season unless I do something stupid & lose the fire. :)
"A people that values it's privileges above it's principals, soon loses both"--Dwight D Eisenhower

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SteveZee
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range
Location: Downeast , Maine

Post Thu. Oct. 18, 2012 9:40 am

Me too. Been lit for a week now and it's been some nights in the low 30s like last night and some in low 50s with days in 40s and as high as 60 some.
The Glen 116 has great control and will hold at 200 or a bit less all day on those 60 degree days which is what I'd hoped. It's all about air tight when you want control. Woke up this morning at it was 30 with a good frost.
The stove was set for 350 degrees and since it's had a week to soak the old house with heat, 350 was enough have the old place at 70 when I woke. That's encouraging because the almanac says we have a cold winter ahead of us. Think I have plenty of horse power now to handle any situation here. I also have the cookstove in the kithen to help in the coldest months but for the most part, this 116 can do it all. :lol:

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