Date Is Set for Start-Up - 28th of October

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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davidmcbeth3
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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
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Post Wed. Oct. 17, 2012 6:05 pm

Looks like cold weather after that .... just put on a sweater until then ...

How bout others? Started up yet or holding out?

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Qball
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Post Wed. Oct. 17, 2012 9:57 pm

Started and went about a week, but shut down when it was almost 70 out. I'll give it another week or so and see.
Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.
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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 Wed. Oct. 17, 2012 11:32 pm

I fired up last week ... but not burning coal. Had to get rid of 11 sheets of OSB ... :lol: Heated my house & hot water in the process. 8-)

Once all that is gone I'll toss coal on top & let her fly for the season IF it's cold enough. If not I'm sure I can scrounge up some more trash to burn ... :D
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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. Oct. 18, 2012 10:28 am

I fired up last week. These old bones and arthritis just can't take that raw and damp feeling anymore. I didn't know how much I missed that little bit of heat until I fired up.
Now I'm just on Idle at 110º stack temperature. I should be good from now till April. :D
Regards, Ray

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Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite
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Post Thu. Oct. 18, 2012 10:33 am

I fired up around 10 days ago, off and on, but not burning coal now. Just tossing some small pieces in the SoapStone to take the chill out of the house when needed now. Judging from the forecast I probably won't start with the coal 100% till around Nov 1st now. Then again things could change. :idea:

Smitty... Love all that coal you have stacked up in the kitchen. You are a man after my own heart! :P
It is the small things in life that push us over the edge........

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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 Sun. Oct. 21, 2012 12:25 pm

Thats his kichen?! :|

October 28th, looking good :D I'm keeping the chill off with the wood pellet insert in the mean time.
Mid 60s and even a high of 75 on Thursday :!: Low 40's for a high after the 28th 8-)

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Post Sun. Oct. 21, 2012 12:36 pm

Nope, that's not Mr & Mrs SMITTY's kitchen. That's the frogs room. :clap: toothy I'm with EasyRay on all this--guess I'm just becoming an old sissy. ;)
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Post Sun. Oct. 21, 2012 12:39 pm

I predict a cold and bitter winter, God knows I bought the Hitzer and wants to test my faith........in coal. ;)
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Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Sun. Oct. 21, 2012 10:25 pm

The oil burner in that photo pains me...
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 4:39 pm

Awww.. started it up today ... the wet weather and cold nights are coming a few days earlier than I originally thought ..

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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 4:54 pm

Sissy Ass :clap: toothy
"A people that values it's privileges above it's principals, soon loses both"--Dwight D Eisenhower

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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 6:27 pm

freetown fred wrote:Sissy Ass :clap: toothy
That's "warm sissy ass" :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 Thu. Oct. 25, 2012 7:10 am

Yep - Fred's right - that's the frog room. :D

This is an old pic - he's alot bigger now .... :lol:
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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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Sat. Oct. 27, 2012 8:20 am

I lit last night :) I had planned to do it on the 28th but instead of lighting the pellet stove, felt the urge to start burning the black diamonds. I think I have a new addiction, I felt like a kid at Christmas lol. So unless something unforeseen comes up, its staying lit! Got it burning low and slow for the moderate weather. We have about 125 degrees on the pipe, 200 over the load door and drafting a .025 WC. This is the first burn with the block chimney and its doing a fine job :)

Ashley (my furnace's name) said she had a nice rest over the summer and was happy to be making heat again!

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Post Mon. Oct. 29, 2012 7:08 am

yea. Still way to warm up in northern CT to light.
I pick coal up and put it down.............in my stove!

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