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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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DennisH
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon-Eagle Klondike IV
Other Heating: Propane
Location: Escanaba, MI

Post Fri. Nov. 23, 2012 5:14 pm

Escanaba, MI. Yesterday it was 50degF. Today it is 10 degF. Wife walks in form work today and simply says "coal fire tonight?" Now those are sweet words to hear!!

CoaLen
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker Koker
Coal Size/Type: rice
Location: Northeast Ohio

Post Fri. Nov. 23, 2012 5:28 pm

Life is good when you can keep the wife warm and happy! :lol:
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jpete
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice
Location: Warwick, RI

Post Fri. Nov. 23, 2012 5:33 pm

Tonight?

You're behind! Some of us have burning for more than a month. :)

Got a nice easy 30 hours out of the Mk II yesterday. Probably could have gone 8 more but that would have put the tending in the middle of my nap time and I'm not going to do that!
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2001Sierra
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Fri. Nov. 23, 2012 11:13 pm

October 11 fire started with stove in basement family room, which tends to need heat before upstairs. Wife even opens the bedroom window some nites :roll: Keystoker 90 idles when necessary, and throttles up as needed.

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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 Sat. Nov. 24, 2012 6:49 am

Yep, started early Oct also & like jpete, idled down real nice, could easily get a 30 + burn between tending.This old stone foundation sucks up the damp & stays cold without the Hitzer making her yearly appearance. I guess with snow on the ground this AM & 26* it might be time to start light tending every 12 hrs. These old bones don't like all that cold inside, let er stay where she belongs--OUTSIDE :)
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DennisH
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon-Eagle Klondike IV
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Post Sat. Nov. 24, 2012 7:13 am

Yes, yes, you are all correct - I am behind. Part of the reason is that I still live in the Lower Peninsula, until next June, and she & daughter in the Upper. While daughter is a VERY accomplished wood and coal tender with our furnace, DW is a hot bod by nature and doesn't like it when the coal furnace is cranking out BTUs unless it's below 30degF outside for a daytime high. When between 30 & 50 outside it's a wood fire in the furnace. When it's over 50 for daytime high it's the radiant heat from our well-glassed southern exposure and/or the propane furnace to take the chill off. But with the wind whipping @ 40mph and snow to boot, she didn't have to tell me twice to get the furnace going with coal! Just shook down after a 15 hour burn, and it's purring away on the fresh load. :D :D

For the ladies on the forum: I do as I'm told by DW!! I spent 30 years in the military and I know how to follow orders!! :shock: Plus, she's a peach!

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