Just a Tip for the New Guys

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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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 Thu. Dec. 06, 2012 10:21 pm

One of the best things I've ever done to make running my stove easier is to get some cheap furnace filters at Lowes. I think I paid less than $10 for four 20"x20".

The blower on my Harman has a ring on the inlet that I take off and sandwich a small piece of the filter material in there and it keeps the blower wheel nice and clean.

Just had to replace it so I was thinking of it and figured I'd pass it along.
Jeff

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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 Fri. Dec. 07, 2012 7:32 am

Yep, I do the same thing on my Hitzer 50-93---both ends--I just vacuume them --mine are pretty thin foam rubber pieces
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Op4_camper
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Stove/Furnace Make: hot blast burning hard nut.
Stove/Furnace Model: us stove
Location: 15935 Hollsopple pa Summerset Co

Post Fri. Dec. 07, 2012 7:41 pm

On my US hotblast furnace. Now don't laugh. Bought 30.00 two drawer file cabinet. Pull out the drawers lay it on its side. Slide over dual blowers and since theres no bottom place your filter there.
Sticking it to OPEC one ton at a time. plus the money stays local.

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titleist1
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite
Location: Cecil County, MD

Post Fri. Dec. 07, 2012 11:25 pm

Op4_camper wrote:On my US hotblast furnace. Now don't laugh. Bought 30.00 two drawer file cabinet. Pull out the drawers lay it on its side. Slide over dual blowers and since theres no bottom place your filter there.
Excellent, I think that set up requires a picture or two posted on here!! :D
I drive a VW TDI, heat my home & workshop with two coal stokers and have two vintage JD diesel tractors....
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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 Sat. Dec. 08, 2012 9:12 am

I reused tin work from my propane system and fabricated an extension for the cold air boot :) It houses two blower motors like the poster above. I used strips of fiber glass at the seams to seal it and also make it accessible for motor maintenance. Its not pretty lol, but it all works good. The boot holds a 16 x 24 inch filter. I decided to try one of the washable reusable ones. I take it out every 3 weeks and clean it. Its paid for itself with the first few washings.
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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. Dec. 08, 2012 9:32 am

Nice lightning--hell, that'd be considered pretty here in Freetown! ;)
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