What to Do With the Old Lumps

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

Post Sun. Nov. 25, 2012 8:00 am

I have a rudimentary sifter but only use it when I know there pieces worth while in the mix like a shut down or someone else shook the stove and dumped allot. It's just a bucket with the same hardware cloth/sturdy mess that NoSmoke was talking about soldered to the bottom. After I've filled a pail with these coke pieces, I use them over again in either stove. They burn well and hot.

Emory has a coal ash sifter that is quite cool. It's got a crank handle that turns a vessel similar to a little cement mixer in looks and as it tumbles the ash sifts out and you are left with the pieces. He says that he saves a good 15% or 20 % with it.

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby, 1980 Fully restored by Larry Trainer
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Chubby Jr, early model with removable grates
Location: Cape Cod

Post Sun. Nov. 25, 2012 6:09 pm

Unburned pieces sounds like over shaking or too much space between the grates. Use bigger coal? Install new grates?

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine Stove
Stove/Furnace Make: D.S Machine
Stove/Furnace Model: DS1600WH
Location: Elizabethtown, PA

Post Mon. Nov. 26, 2012 9:33 pm

offcoursey wrote:I never see any unburnt coal in my ash pan either. I think trying to screen the coal ash would be a very dusty job. Glynn
My stove looks just like yours except it has legs and shaker on left side (could not see yours in pick). Dont no what brand it is, no markings what so ever on steove!

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