Finally Lit up

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 Tue. Nov. 06, 2012 11:59 pm

I usually try to hold off until closer to the end of November, but having electric heat, the power outage forced my hand. :P
Started with wood for a couple days until the power came back on. Once I got a taste of the stove heat that was it. Finally
made a coal run to Casey Kassa and fired up the Olix yesterday. Amazing how the coal heat just surrounds you so much better
than the electric baseboard can. Plus I can cook up a little moisture to enhance the heat.
Of course it's supposed to go up to 60 degrees in a few days. :roll:

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The makeshift coal bin. That's a Waste Management bagster. I can back the truck up and roll the coal off with a with a load handler.

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Post Wed. Nov. 07, 2012 6:53 am

Nice looking stove. Looks like it puts some nice heat out.

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Post Wed. Nov. 07, 2012 6:55 am

Nah, to simplistic-- toothy -- you bet she puts out some heat ;)
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Post Wed. Nov. 07, 2012 11:11 am

Vangellis, very right, coal heat is difficult to beat...That stove seems to be as solid as a tank :) and should send a lot of warm air in the place. Nice look and set up.
The coal hood at the back is quite interesting too, I never saw one like it. If you can / want, I would like to see some more details of it and how it works...
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Post Wed. Nov. 07, 2012 12:41 pm

Wood heat seems to ebb and flow too much whereas coal heat just kinda sinks into the house and surrounds you. Its such a nice warm feeling for me to walk downstairs every morning and feel the heat just hit me in the face. Even with my stove cranked down overnight, its still in the low 60s at 5am when I wake up. In a draft free house, low 60s is cozy and the low 80s for the room where the stove is located, its just awesome. Mind you, this is a room that would be mid-50s if the stove wasnt going as its a sunroom that was finished off.

Coal Heat>>>>>>>Wood Heat>>>>>>>Gas Heat

Though I do still have a soft spot for my portable kerosene heater...its just impossible for me to find clear K1 kerosene for it that isnt $10 a gallon.

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Post Wed. Nov. 07, 2012 8:13 pm

nortcan wrote:Vangellis, very right, coal heat is difficult to beat...That stove seems to be as solid as a tank :) and should send a lot of warm air in the place. Nice look and set up.
The coal hood at the back is quite interesting too, I never saw one like it. If you can / want, I would like to see some more details of it and how it works...
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Hi Nortcan.

Here's an older pic I have with a slight side view if that helps. A fan is attached to the bottom of the plenum on the rear of the stove. This directs the air to the tubes that run through the top inside of the stove. Not sure if that's what you're looking for. If need be I'll take some more detailed pics for you.
Thanks for the comments guys. It really is built like a tank. Too bad the EPA put them out of business around 1990.

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Post Wed. Nov. 07, 2012 8:25 pm

Kevin, thanks for the reply.
As I can see, my English doesn't always say what I want it to :oops:
My question was about the ""coal bucket"" at the rear having 2 openings, but not shure if it's a coal bucket, if so how does it work and where did you get it? Seems an interesting one :idea:

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Post Wed. Nov. 07, 2012 10:30 pm

nortcan wrote:Kevin, thanks for the reply.
As I can see, my English doesn't always say what I want it to :oops:
My question was about the ""coal bucket"" at the rear having 2 openings, but not shure if it's a coal bucket, if so how does it work and where did you get it? Seems an interesting one :idea:
Oh, that's called an optical illusion. :)

It's only a tall coal bucket. What is behind that is just a rounded piece of metal that was once a heat shield. I'll try to get a picture of it tomorrow.
I bought it from the dealer I got the stove from in the mid 80's.

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Post Thu. Nov. 08, 2012 11:05 am

Here's a better pic of the bucket. To the left is what I actually use these days, a feed scoop. The tall bucket was actually a little sloppy
to use with the front loading. I average 6 scoops a day, 3 on each loading. It works real well.

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Post Thu. Nov. 08, 2012 11:46 am

It looks like a piece of 6" pipe with brackets for a handle and a cap on the bottom.

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Post Thu. Nov. 08, 2012 3:08 pm

That Olix design looks similar to the Harman SF250 and 150 series. Looks like a nice heater!

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Post Thu. Nov. 08, 2012 7:20 pm

I woke up Sunday morning and it was 51 degrees inside so I decieded to "finally lite up".I started at 8am. and in 2 hrs. boiler was up to temp with 100 lbs. of coal glowing,then took 4 hrs. to get the house up to 70 degrees.Pretty sad when the outside is warmer then inside the house.
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Post Thu. Nov. 08, 2012 9:29 pm

Dennis wrote:I woke up Sunday morning and it was 51 degrees inside so I decieded to "finally lite up".I started at 8am. and in 2 hrs. boiler was up to temp with 100 lbs. of coal glowing,then took 4 hrs. to get the house up to 70 degrees.Pretty sad when the outside is warmer then inside the house.
I hope you heat many Sq Feet of house with that machine. Looks like in the hell, I suppose it's like that :lol:
Very nice photo :!:

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Post Thu. Nov. 08, 2012 9:30 pm

Thanks Kevin for the explanations. Now I understand the illusion :)

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Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2014 10:38 am

will the Olix Air-flow burn Bit coal? It looks as tho it will due to the upper air control knobs.

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